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    More on our move to Drupal
    Submitted by robster on Tuesday, July 09, 2002 – 19:46
    The move to Drupal was not particularly easy. The primary problem was working on trying to convert the database from our old PHP-Nuke 4.0 (?) version to something suitable for Drupal. I wrote a script to do this, you can get this off me by dropping me an email.

    The second big hurdle was the layout, I decided to basically do the whole thing from scratch again implementing it in cleaner html and using CSS. This had the side affect of making fonts not quite right for some users. Hopefully for the majority of users DP should look as it was originally. Pages should however load quicker as they contain less nested tags and repitition.

    To provide our users with topic images i hacked the taxonomy code to support images and modified the theme accordingly, if anyone needs help with this also let me know.

    The are still some outstanding problems, it seems that comments do not display in expanded view unless you are logged in. This is a problem that has me completely baffled but some of the Drupal folks are helping me out on it.

    I get the impression Drupal was not designed for sites as large as ours as when you do a search it there is no limiting of the search to a particular number of articles. Comment moderation is another needed feature which is in the pipeline.

    Lynx users may wish to try out the “clean” theme as this only has boxes on the right. However this theme must be considered beta quality only.

    This morning’s server problems seem to stem from Drupal’s use of pconnects and poor optimisation of my MySQL configuration. These problems should now be resolved.

    Thanks for sticking by with us =)

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    Subject: Clean White Theme
    Author: rawg
    Date: Thursday, 2002/07/11 – 18:17
    Wow, the clean white theme is very good. The fonts are readable and the pages load quick. I recommend it to all.
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    Subject: Not supported
    Author: robster
    Date: Thursday, 2002/07/11 – 18:59
    I dont actually support it and its still kinda betarish, there are some theme side fixes that are not included in that theme anyway.

    Have fun though =)

    Cheers

    Rob ‘robster’ Bradford
    Founder: http://www.debianplanet.org/
    Developer: http://www.debian.org/
    Monkey with keyboard: http://www.robster.org.uk/

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    Subject: Bring back the search
    Author: harmony
    Date: Thursday, 2002/07/11 – 11:08
    I see that after the move to Drupal, the search function keeps falling off the end. Maybe it sucks to live in New Zealand – we’re awake whilst the world is sleeping, so we tend to get to look at everyone’s outage windows – but it’d be nice to be able to look for stuff I know is there without having to go through 9242 pages of archives…
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    Subject: Still some HTML problems
    Author: Brummund
    Date: Wednesday, 2002/07/10 – 19:20
    The headings for the articles on the frontpage should be tagged with
    H1, H2 or other _head_ elements, not using plain text in with a div tag (and a span would probably be more correct than a div, anyway).

    So, instead of using <div class=”title”>Debconf 2</div>, use <h1 class=”title”>…. That way, Lynx and other console browsers or Opera (which I use with a preset font etc. for headings) will be able to recognize the headers.

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    Subject: Glad the font is fixed.
    Author: grolschie
    Date: Wednesday, 2002/07/10 – 10:09
    Looks much better than yesterday. However, today I thought the whole site had been replaced yet again, but with a white screen, black text and MySQL Error Message theme. Looked rad, but not real functional. 😉
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    Subject: X/HTML
    Author: slash
    Date: Wednesday, 2002/07/10 – 08:59
    Part of the problem has to be that you’re telling the browser that the code is strict xhtml, when it’s nothing of the sort. Unclosed links tags, bad img tags, all sorts. That may (depending on the browser) make it revert to some ‘quirks’ mode, hence stuff acting up.
    Apart from that, the new site is much better, and I particularly like the clean skin, even if it is just a beta quality thingy. Thanks indeed!
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    Subject: hmmmm =)
    Author: robot101
    Date: Wednesday, 2002/07/10 – 11:56
    I tried telling him this on IRC… =)
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    Subject: Where are you?
    Author: robster
    Date: Wednesday, 2002/07/10 – 18:31
    Oi, oi, oi?

    Where are you when i need you? Off galavanting around in Edinburgh. Tut tut.

    Heh

    Rob ‘robster’ Bradford
    Founder: http://www.debianplanet.org/
    Developer: http://www.debian.org/
    Monkey with keyboard: http://www.robster.org.uk/

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    Subject: I’m back!
    Author: robot101
    Date: Wednesday, 2002/07/10 – 23:49
    Actually I did very little galavanting. I had a migraine and was sick, had to miss the meal I went up to Edinburgh for, and I came home today. What do you need me for? Besides correcting the grammatical errors on your post about debconf2, which I did for you. =)
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    Subject: Awwww
    Author: robster
    Date: Thursday, 2002/07/11 – 16:39
    Aww, i’m sorry. I’ll bring you some nice home made choc-chip cookies when i come up.

    Rob ‘robster’ Bradford
    Founder: http://www.debianplanet.org/
    Developer: http://www.debian.org/
    Monkey with keyboard: http://www.robster.org.uk/
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    Subject: Using behind a proxy?
    Author: abli
    Date: Tuesday, 2002/07/09 – 21:01
    I’m sitting behind a wwwoffle proxy, and apparently the proxy screws up the login-thingy. This is what i saw:
    I go to debianplanet.org. I see that i’m not logged in, so i scroll down to the login box and log in (and enable the “remeber me” checkbox). This redirects me to my user account page. From there i return to “home” to discover that i’m logged out. Even if i refresh the page, the autologin (that “remember me” thingy) doesnt work, im still not logged in. If i disable the proxy, everything works fine.

    I guess the problem is that the proxy doesnt see that i would like to get a newer page and serves the one it has in the cache.
    Of course i can disable cacheing everything under debianplanet.org, but i guess the real solution would be to tell wwwoffle that you are serving a newer page. Is that possible?

    abli
    p.s. at the comment view, the comments have too big headers (subject, author, date, etc.). For 2-3 lined comments the headers are bigger than the comment itself, and waste a lot of screen real-estate. Could this be changed to the style of the articles (where such meta-info is shown in smaller font, and date & author are on one line)

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    Subject: Perhaps it’s just me, but is
    Author: hilker
    Date: Tuesday, 2002/07/09 – 20:23
    Perhaps it’s just me, but isn’t it a bit odd to run a Debian-centric site using a content-management engine that hasn’t been packaged in Debian?
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    Subject: troll.
    Author: dopey
    Date: Saturday, 2002/07/13 – 15:45
    goddamnit.

    shit like this should *NOT* be packaged.

    i say the same of phpnuke/postnuke.

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    Subject: No drupal package ?
    Author: bluesmurf
    Date: Wednesday, 2002/07/10 – 10:29
    What ?, there is no drupal debian package ?

    Rob, reverse the hole process!, lets get back to phpnuke until someone packages this babe for debian.

    😉

    Have fun boys and gals.

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    Subject: I dont see the point
    Author: robster
    Date: Wednesday, 2002/07/10 – 10:37
    I dont see the point of packaging software like this for Debian. Most people will install it on a vhost by vhost basis and everyone has a different way of dealing with this.

    For example on our machine it is installed into /home/groups/debianplanet/www.debianplanet.org/

    And i dont really see why any CMS like this should be packaged, however i do see why system wide tools like phpmyadmin should.

    Just my 2p =)

    Rob ‘robster’ Bradford
    Founder: http://www.debianplanet.org/
    Developer: http://www.debian.org/
    Monkey with keyboard: http://www.robster.org.uk/

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    Subject: yup, no point packaging them
    Author: robot101
    Date: Wednesday, 2002/07/10 – 23:50
    robster’s right, it’s silly packaging these.

    In related news, phpnuke just hit Debian. *DOH*

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    Subject: Who cares?
    Author: rich4421972
    Date: Wednesday, 2002/07/10 – 08:55
    Honestly, who cares if its pre-packaged or not. The best things in life are not cheaply available. People who want to be Debian purists should consider that nothing gets included unless someone starts. I really appreciate the fact that people are out there doing this on their free time. Drupal Rocks!
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    Subject: well?
    Author: sboss
    Date: Tuesday, 2002/07/09 – 22:15
    Sooo are you volunteering to package up drupal?
    Packages do not end up in Debian unless someone volunteers to do it. And just because Debian does not have it does not mean that there is a problem for a Debian related site to use it. Especially a site that falls under a “Fan Site” and not an “official site”.
    Thanks,
    Scott
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    Subject: packaging drupal
    Author: hec1
    Date: Thursday, 2002/07/11 – 10:08
    Ok, i will. I am actually the mantainer of phpnuke for debian and also of postnuke (which has been uploaded already. Just a few days to let ftp-master check the beast).
    I suppose it’s gonna be easier to package than his big brothers (i mean in size). But you people have to wait a little untill i become debian developer (actually i am an applicant, and i upload packages through my sponsor). The reason is that i do not want to overloard my debian sponsor with my problems (he has to rebuild, check and signs every package i send to him)
    Also i remember you that if you wanna to see some software that is still unpackaged in debian, you should send a bug against the WNPP package. It’s the only way for debian developers to know about users requirements.
    I know “there’s no point in packaging software like this”, but it gonna be funny anyway 🙂
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    Subject: damnt
    Author: dopey
    Date: Saturday, 2002/07/13 – 15:48
    this is one of the problems with debian. you should not be packaging stuff for the sake of it. indeed, packaging drupal, or postnuke, is not a good idea due to the fact that almost every site will customise their configuration seperately.

    dont bloat the archive.

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    Subject: Nice
    Author: bz2
    Date: Tuesday, 2002/07/09 – 19:56
    Good to see one of my favourite sites making the switch to Drupal… my other favourite site (Kerneltrap) made the same transition when their kenel developer interviews generated too much traffic for their PHP-Nuke (IIRC, might have been PostNuke) installation to handle. Kudos on maintaining all the user- and storydata.
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