Unable to fetch available updates data – unexpected cURL error

When working with PHP and Moodle’s LMS, sometimes you have to dig for answers.  The error “Unable to fetch available updates data – unexpected cURL error” actually has a fix that is easy to implement.   Finding the solution was a challenge.

Moodle 2.4 updates using SSL and now you should place a certificate in the Moodledata folder.  Dawn was on this two weeks ago but the documentation was missing something.  (She can find anything on the web!)  Following up on what she had found, I found the solution here:


Here’s the answer:

“It needs the ca-bundle.crt available at http://curl.haxx.se/ca/cacert.pem – Just copy the contents into a text file and rename it to moodleorgca.crt and place this in the root of the moodledata directory.”   This is a comment found here MDL-36903 on Moodle.org.

cURL CA Certs (referenced in the link above)

Backblaze – The best offsite backup solution


Want a backup plan that will backup your data at a price that is reasonable?  How about $50 per year and unlimited?     Backblaze is one of the best cloud based backups available.  With unlimited backup capability, security built in, easy restore capabilities and an easy to use interface,  anyone can use Backblaze.   (Features)

Everyone should worry about privacy and security.  With Backblaze, security is protected by encrypting your files on your computer and securely transferring your files to Backblazes’ servers.   Security is further enhanced by your private key (they do not store this key) so your data remains secure until you decide to restore files.  (Security Q&A Roundup)

What kind of extra security do they provide besides military grade encryption?  They also have a stolen pc feature that helps you to locate a stolen or lost computer.

In the event you lose data or need to restore information, you can simply sign in and instantly pick your data and download the information you want.   You can also order a usb or an external drive (very reasonably priced) and have your data sent to you.

The easy to use Windows or Mac application allows for a continuous backup (it takes time to complete large backups based on your upload speeds and internet usage/bandwidth).

Backblaze also offers a very reasonable business plan allowing businesses to securely backup their critical data.


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