published on 27.01.2006 16:17.

migration to typo trunk revision

… wasn’t too hard, thanks to the rake migrate command and typo’s nice upgrading system, which slash7 had pointed to.

conversion of all mysql tables to InnoDB didn’t work at first. since i’m still on mysql 4.0 the upgrade script 15 and the ruby on rails’ create_table method failed. they both use the ENGINE keyword for specifying the table type to use. in order to get things to work, i had to replace ENGINE with TYPE.

btw. typo claims that running off the latest trunk revision is no problem thanks to the extensive test coverage. however most of those tests had some failures on my box; well, let’s see what happens - typo seems to be running fine. it _is_ a little awkward that you have to keep tests up to date with the latest code changes; maybe they just forgot.

warning: before running tests, make sure you have configured different databases for test and production environments, otherwise you production database will be gone!

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published on 21.01.2006 13:48.

now with 100% more chunky bacon!

the foxes

switched to typo

today i migrated my site from a home-brewn php/one-html-page solution to the ruby on rails powered weblog typo (which is not to be confused with typo3). what had to be done:

  • locally update ruby on rails to version 1.0 and install typo.
  • parse the existing html page with all the log entries, and feed the extracted posts into the ruby on rails database.
  • find a nice template and tweak the stylesheet here and there.
  • fix all image links to be absolute, convert the log entries to utf-8 (had to install the iconv library for ruby).
  • upload the locally prepared installation to the webserver, create and fill the online database.
  • compile ruby, ruby-iconv, ruby-fcgi, ruby-mysql, pcre and lighttpd on the webserver; then install ruby on rails.
  • configure apache to forward (proxy) all requests to lighttpd, configure lighttpd to embed ruby via fcgi
  • write a start/stop-script for lighttpd and make sure lighttpd is run on startup.

all of this took about twelve hours to complete. more than half of the time was spent preparing the webserver — finding out what was needed to get ruby and lighttpd work together over fcgi.

if you’d like to see conversion scripts, take a look at the extended content of this post.

(i am) happy rubying!

try ruby if you like – an interactive ruby shell that runs directly your web browser.

you could also visit why’s hilarious blog, or his poignant guide to ruby, where you’ll find many more cartoon foxes!

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published on 06.12.2005 00:00.

a picture tells more than a 1000 words.

and yes, i'm officially infected.

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