Multiple accounts for my.rackspace.com

We host most of our client sites at Rackspace so we have a fair few servers and different accounts we need to login with whenever accessing the my.rackspace.com portal.

While the site has a cookie to remember the last entered account number and username, it doesn’t help if you have half a dozen different accounts you need to login with on a frequent basis. Switching browsers can be impractical and remembering the account IDs can just get tiring.

To solve this problem I created the My.Rackspace bookmarklet for logging in with multiple accounts. When clicked it takes you to my.rackspace.com. If you’re already there, it displays a select list of your different accounts and populates the login form once you’ve chosen.
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Finding the Apache user in PHP

In PHP, knowing what the Apache user is on your webserver is very useful. Anything that writes a file to the server for example sessions, uploading files or other temporary file operations, needs to have the destination folder writeable by Apache. If you’re developing locally that’s not usually a problem. But as soon as you’re out in the real world file permission issues can sometimes be a pain.

If you’re having difficulties finding out what the Apache user is try this simple script to help you out.

It basically writes a small temporary file, checks the owner username, gets rid of the file and prints the Apache username to the screen. It should work on PHP4 and PHP5.

$tmpFilename = tempnam('/tmp', 'TEST');
$handle = fopen($tmpFilename, 'w');
fwrite($handle, 'testdata');
fclose($handle);
$info = posix_getpwuid(fileowner($tmpFilename));
$apacheUser = $info['name'];
unlink($tmpFilename);
echo "The Apache user is $apacheUser";

There’s also a small PHP source file you can easily download and use: getApacheUser.phps

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