WordPress 2.3.1 Plugin Incompatibility

I upgraded to WordPress 2.3.1 last week and for the most part, all seemed to go well. Even though I’m not actually displaying any tags for my posts yet, I wanted to get upgraded quickly so that I could start working on generating tags for new and old posts. It’s going to be a lot of back-breaking labor to get caught up (okay fine, slight exaggeration).

I noticed a couple of days ago that when I tried to post to the site using the Textmate blogging bundle, I was getting the following error at the top of the window.

Received exception:Missing return value!

Normally when you post successfully from TextMate, all sorts of metadata is appended to the top of you post in TextMate, including the permalink for the post. It also automatically opens a new tab to the post in your web browser.

When I started getting this error both the permalink appending and web browser page opening functions stopped working. Oddly enough, the entry was still actually posted to my blog. I immediately assumed that this error had something to do with the new tagging features and that maybe the TextMate blogging bundle wasn’t quite up to snuff. No problem, Google to the rescue.

Amazingly, my Google searches turned up almost nothing useful on the subject. Eventually, I recovered one tiny little detail using “wordpress 2.3 xmlrpc error” as my search term.

The solution appears in a comment by Daniel Jalkut on the Red Sweater Blog.

…my first reaction when I see that kind of vague error is that a plugin in your WordPress installation is incompatible with WP 2.3. By any chance are you running the Google Sitemap Generator plugin? It’s one that has been identified by a few users as needing update after going to 2.3. See:


If you’re not running that, it could be another plugin. Generally the “XML-RPC Response Parsing Failed” happens when some plugin causes the entire fetch to fail, so WordPress just returns a blank response instead of an XML document.

While the error in question was actually somewhat different than mine, I do in fact use the Google Sitemap plugin. I disabled the plugin and tried posting again. Bingo, problem solved.

UPDATE: The version of the Google Sitemap plugin that was giving me this problem was 2.7.1. My WordPress install indicated that there wasn’t an update for this plugin, but when I actually went to the site I found that there was one. The new version is 3.0.1 and seems to work fine. The admin interface also looks much better.

Easy WordPress Slugs With Textmate

There is a nice little tip over on the Circle Six blog on how to set up the TextMate blogging bundle to use the WordPress 2.2 XMLRPC slug capabilities:

The only oddity I found was that Circle Six lists the blogging.rb file in this location:

~/Library/Application Support/TextMate/bundles/Blogging.tmbundle/lib/blogging.rb

On my computer the file was actually located here:


I’m not exactly sure why the two locations are different. Either way, mine works splendidly after following the tip.

Essential software for Mac OS X

I’m well aware that there are hundreds of lists of essential software for OS X floating around out there. I thought I’d link to this list in particular, because I actually use much of the software listed on it.

I can’t stress enough how great both Quicksilver and TextMate are. They are simply irreplaceable. More importantly, I’m aware of no other software for Windows or Linux that come close to the functionality and ease of use as these two applications.

TextMate for Windows

About a month or so I blogged about how I was “Looking for a Good Windows Text Editor”. So far, I’ve been fairly unsuccessful. As per Fox Cutter’s suggestion, I did check out TextPad. I’ve been using it whenever I need to do edits for my website on my Windows computer. I have to say though, it’s not really what I was looking for. The user interface feels old to me and the code highlighting seems rudimentary at best. I really want something that is like TextMate, but will work on Windows (as a bonus it would work on linux too).

It’s seems like things might be looking better though. I just found out about E-TextEditor. It’s tag line is “The power of Textmate on Windows”. Sounds good to me.

E-TextEditor is still in beta, but from what I’ve heard so far about it, the future looks good. I have not gotten a chance to try it out myself yet since these days I seem to only turn on my home computer on the weekends. But the next time I do any coding on my Windows machine, I’ll be trying this out.

Via Monday By Noon.

Looking for a Good Windows Text Editor

I’ve been using TextMate for the last couple of months for all of my programming and blogging needs. I have to say, I’m completely in love with the application. It is by far the smartest and most efficient text editor I’ve ever used. I love that it is fast and lightweight. There is nothing wasted on useless features, just the good stuff.

That said, I’m often stuck on using Windows and unfortunately, TextMate is only for Macs. I’ve been searching high and low for a good text editor for Windows, but have been entirely unsuccessful. I don’t expect to find something as good as TextMate, but there are a few things that I just can’t live without. These are my must-have features:

  • A decided ‘lack of features’: I like my text editors fast and without the added junk features.
  • Support for multiple languages: I do mostly web stuff (HTML, CSS, PHP), but support for Perl, blogging, Markdown, and Java, etc. would be nice.
  • Code coloring
  • Sensible keyboard shortcuts: They can be either built in or customizable.
  • Correct tabbing and auto indenting would be nice.
  • Detects line breaks appropriately: The biggest problem that I have on Windows machines is that my line breaks never get through. I regularly write on Mac, Linux, and Windows systems, so this is important.

Hopefully I’m not asking for too much here. Does anybody have any suggestions. Free software would be great, but if the editor is worthwhile I’ll pay (I spent $50 on TextMate after all). I’d prefer open source software or something made by independent developers over a larger Dreamweaver-like solution.

Does anybody have any suggestions?