SVN repository setup

Surely, when you claim there is no information to be found, you run across multiple examples when hunting down something else. Nice write ups are here, here and here.

SVN and firewall woes

Every now and then I get the urge to build another website. This time I decided to take the professional route and put everything in SVN. Very nice but that means I need to get my SVN server up and running. Nice to see that I no longer need to rely on Fink or MacPorts, but that Snow Leopard comes with a very recent version.

The first steps in OG land

All the recommendations for Organic Groups (OG) made me curious. Can I use them for my purposes and safely hand over part of the responsabilities of managing restricted content?

Pros and cons of the current configuration

The current configuration includes many modules, a.o. I18n, Content Access, Views and CCK. With these I'm able to define roles, grant restricted access to nodes based on roles and keep the site bi-lingual (Dutch and English, with the largest part of the content in Dutch). This works fairly well.

Drupal site requirements

Although I subscribe to the ideas in the book (see my previous post) that you need to write user stories and follow an architectural approach, my main goal here is to see whether Organic Groups provide features I need in the next version of my website.

Drupal website overhaul

Summer holidays is an excellent time to do some major work on my pet project. Sitting in the shade with cool drinks at hand I started to read a book on Drupal I came across some time ago. This book, Leveraging Drupal: Getting your site done right, turned out to be amazing.

Update to Wordpress 2.7

The update to Wordpress 2.7 goes as painless as described in the docs. However, after importing and editing posts, I always end up with an 500 internal server error. Haven't found the cause yet. Happens with both a manual upgrade and a clean install from an Installtron script in Plesk. Strange thing is it happens only with the imported posts, not with the newly created ones.

Access denied, yet again

In an attempt to update Drupal to it's latest version (6.5) I decided to test it on my local setup. Lo and behold, I got an 'Access denied'. After testing out several possible causes, I googled around.

The answer: a few days ago I setup an SMB share on my home folder, with access for only my user account, no access for 'everyone'. That resulted in a permissions change on my home folder, even after removing the SMB share.

The solution: sudo chmod o+rx [home folder]

Drupal shows blank pages, sometimes

Something I never experienced on my local setup suddenly happened on the production site: random white pages. Consistent in that it was always the same pages (e.g. admin/build/modules), but random because most content pages would show up fine and many admin pages as well.

Digging aroung showed an error in the Apache log:
Fatal error: Allowed memory size of X bytes exhausted

Gallery2 woes

Finally I thought it was time to move my Gallery2 configuration + albums to the production site. This time making sure that I took the necessary precautions.

Yes, it was uploaded without errors and yes, I could switch off maintenance mode and yes, I could see my pictures and enter the site admin mode etc.

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