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[resolved] [Rage Avatars] Does not work; Gravatar problem? (5 posts)

  1. SGallay
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I've installed Rage Avatars on my blog at http://alias.codiferes.net/wordpress but all non-Gravatar avatars come out as broken images. See for example this post:

    http://alias.codiferes.net/wordpress/index.php/lou-reed-metallica-lulu/

    The image URL is http://0.gravatar.com/avatar/6065e7f8082c3a3feaa88513e8d33e1e?s=40&d=http%3A%2F%2Falias.codiferes.net%2Fwordpress%2Fwp-content%2Fplugins%2Frage-avatars%2Flib%2Ftimthumb.php%3Fsrc%3Dhttp%3A%2F%2Falias.codiferes.net%2Fwordpress%2Fwp-content%2Fplugins%2Frage-avatars%2Favatars%2F002-y-u-no.png%26w%3D40%26h%3D40&r=X

    I thought it could be a problem either with the Gravatar Signup Encouragement plugin or the Gravater Hovercards component of Jetpack, but after deactivating both, the problem is still there.

    Kindly advise.

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/rage-avatars/

  2. jamie3d
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 2 years ago #

    Hi SGallay,
    Thanks for trying out my plugin and for writing such a useful support request. The URL really helps.

    I think I see what the issue is. I am using TimThumb to speed up the thumbnail generation of the avatars and it looks like it lacks file writing permissions on your blog.

    http://alias.codiferes.net/wordpress/wp-content/plugins/rage-avatars/lib/timthumb.php?src=http://alias.codiferes.net/wordpress/wp-content/plugins/rage-avatars/avatars/002-y-u-no.png&w=40&h=40&r=X

    That's the decoded URL that the Gravatar is trying to load, and it's producing a TimThumb error message. If you make the cache folder write-able it should fix the issue. There's a similar issue and fix here: http://code.google.com/p/timthumb/issues/detail?id=251

    Note:
    I'll push an update soon that checks for the cache folder being write-able and if it isn't then perhaps we can display a helpful error message or just skip TimThumb altogether. (The re sizing looks kind of crappy without it though)

    Let me know if this helps, and if you get the issue sorted out. I'd love to see my plugin in the wild! :)

  3. jamie3d
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 2 years ago #

    Here's some additional info that I stumbled upon while researching this: http://themeforest.net/forums/thread/tim-thumb-problem/32860?page=1#311268

  4. SGallay
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Yes, it works, thanks!

    Writing permissions set to the cache folder, bingo! avatars.

  5. jamie3d
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 2 years ago #

    Awesome! :-) You're welcome.

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