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Install or update nodejs usin NVM in Ubuntu

Node JS is a JavaScript runtime built on Chrome’s V8 JavaScript engine. Node.js uses an event driven, non-blocking I/O model that makes it lightweight and efficient
 Using nvmNVM, which stands for “Node.js version manager” we can install multiple versions of nodejs on Ubuntu.

To install or update nvm, you can use the install script using cURL: ( You can find the installation instructions on projects github page

or using Wget:

Run the script by running 

To get the list of available Node.js versions

React Native Issues

Recently I started learning React Native to build native mobile applications using React JS. I faced lots of issues while making my first application run on my Ubuntu desktop. Here I am recording issues I faced and the solutions that worked for me, so that beginners like me don’t have to reinvent the wheel.

A problem occurred configuring project ‘:app’.
> SDK location not found. Define location with sdk.dir in the file or with an ANDROID_HOME environment variable.
  1. Go to your React native Project -> Android
  2. Create a file
  3. Open the file
  4. paste your Android SDK path like below
    • in Windows sdk.dir = C:/Users/USERNAME/AppData/Local/Android/sdk
    • in macOS sdk.dir = /Users/USERNAME/Library/Android/sdk
    • in linux sdk.dir = /home/USERNAME/Android/Sdk

Replace USERNAME with your user name

Now, Run react-native run-android in your terminal
ENOENT: no such file or directory, open ‘android/app/src/main/assets/’
Manually create this directory
mkdir android/app/src/main/assets
Unable to load script from assets
  1. (in project directory) mkdir android/app/src/main/assets
  2. react-native bundle --platform android --dev false --entry-file index.js --bundle-output android/app/src/main/assets/ --assets-dest android/app/src/main/res
  3. react-native run-android

ou can automate the above steps by placing them in scripts part of package.json like this:



Then you can just execute npm run android-linux from your command line every time.

I will keep updating this as and when I encounter new issues with solutions that worked for me.

Convert GMT to Local timezone in PHP

Following code snippet converts a date time in GMT to Local timezone.


Requires Doctrine DBAL Laravel migration

If you are running a migration to change the data type of a column in a table. You might come across this error message in terminal.

This error message is telling you to install doctrine/dbal to make this work. You can learn more about this package here

To install this package through composer, run following command in terminal.

Now you can run your migration by running

This should work now.

npm install – Please try running this command again as root/Administrator

If you are getting this error while running npm install, then you are not having write permission on .npm directory.

To get the ownership of this directory run following command

Also we need to give write permission to node_modules directory

ref –

Install Mcrypt PHP extension on Ubuntu (PHP-FPM + Nginx)

To install Mcrypt PHP extension on Ubuntu / Debian run following command ( this step is same for Nginx and apache )

This will create a mcrypt module in /etc/php5/mods-available directory. If it doesnt we need to create symlink for this.

Now enable mcrypt by running

After this restart php5-fpm service by


How to access remote mysql server using local phpmyadmin

phpMyAdmin is a free and open source tool written in PHP intended to handle the administration of MySQL or MariaDBwith the use of a web browser. It can perform various tasks such as creating, modifying or deleting databases, tables,fields or rows; executing SQL statements; or managing users and permissions. source: wikipedia

To access remote mysql database from your local phpmyadmin, open file by

Add following line

You can refer this article to install phpmyadmin on Ubuntu:

Android Splash Screen

To add Splash Screen to you android application








Remove # from url in Angular JS and Laravel 5

To remove # from Angular JS application built with Laravel , add following line in your config.

Add this in your head tag

Now it will work fine till you do not refresh the page. If you refresh your page at this point, you will see page not found error, it is because now browser sends request to server and server doesn’t have the route.

To do this we will add this route at the end of routes.php