May 6th, 2001

Another snapshot!

If you've been waiting to run a test LJ server on your own machine, this is it. Thanks to alanj, the code is very clean now ... no references to anywhere. And tons of configuration options. I also have a bunch of changes to BML in this release that lets it do cool things like set block definitions at runtime from an init script, which can include ... so there is now only one configuration file to totally customize LJ for your site. Also, the SQL is much more complete ... in previous releases a few tables were left out. Oh, and there are upgrade instructions too now, and a ChangeLog. And some directories are created now that weren't before.

Fun stuff. Should be easy to install. I'm looking into making a Debian package out of it, or piman's going to help me when he has some free time. Maybe ahze can make a FreeBSD port. Fun fun.

Also available are new images and a diff from 20010429.

If you're running a test server, you should upgrade -- it'll be painless. If you're trying to run LJ on an intranet, you should definitely upgrade. That's what this release was all about. It should now be possible to install it on a company intranet (or anywhere) very easily.
  • herbie

CVS for clients?

Just thought I'd ask As usual, the system may be a step a head of me on this one, but is there a CVS repository for the LJ clients? If not, are there plans to make one? I say this because of the new clients that seem to be popping up and the fact that having the collective help of the developers working on it might be more useful than having a whole bunch of scattered betas.

BTW: This has been posted with Even's new client. Am liking UI =)
  • herbie


Boy I've just been full of talk lately, haven't I?

Here's another one of my interesting musings - user-level backups. This is in the horrific eventuality that Livejournal's servers disappear, are vaporized by aliens, are hit by a huge EMP, etc. Allowing users to download a backup of their entries to date (possibly even create some kind of incremental backup system) would be nice so that we don't all lose months-years of valuable musings from our records.

"Not a sermon, just a thought." - the Pastor of McLean Bible Church at the end of all of the church's radio ads

One code path!

Today I learned mod_rewrite. Damn is it cool.

So, gone forever is the 404notfound.cgi method of handling /~user/ and requests. In fact, the whole second <virtualhost> in LJ's httpd.conf has been removed. There's now just one vhost, with a ServerAlias of *

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