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15 Oct 2002 10:02 saltlakejohn

Okay! Very nice.
With some work this is one of the nicest little
faqmanagers we've seen. It's up and in testing at
teatoast.com maybe through November '02. It seems
to be working fine. We modified it so that users don't
post, only admin. Eventually we'll add login but it's wide
open for the moment. The hottest feature is (every faq
page on the net should have this) automatic dating.
StandardFAQ appends date of origin and date of last
edit. Great. For our purposes we reformatted the date
to exclude time -- not essential for admin only posts.
We're working on taking out the pending-posted switch
too.

The original problem with sticky trash files was the
result of those files being created and left 'open' when
the script died. Compounding that problem is the fact
the script creates directory names containing spaces --
Unix metacharacters. Such file or directory names are
almost impossible to manipulate without telnet/SSH
which requires a function and a skill level betond most
netizens. Quoting a space delimited filename is beyond
the scope of most point and shoot FTP progs.

The simple solution is php's str_replace function to
change the spaces to underscores. Then simply put the
space back when the directory name is displayed on
the HTML page.

All in all, Alex Botero-Lowry has good organization and
super ideas. I souded harsh in my previous posts and
for that I am sorry. Right out of the box the script is
cranky and mean (like me in the morning). But actually
it's a jewel waiting to be faceted. Would I were too.

15 Oct 2002 09:17 saltlakejohn

Re: The rating above isn't right

%
> Perhaps those at "Freashmeat" aren't the
> ones who need to go back to junior
> high?
>


Egad! Point made. I must have menat sometimg els.


12 Oct 2002 19:05 coscorrosa

Re: The rating above isn't right

> I rated StandardFAQ 1.0 as a '2' out of
> ten. I guess
> Freshmeat subtracted 2 from 10 and came
> up with a
> 8.03 rating?!
>
> Back to junior high, Freashmeat.

See the FAQ (http://freshmeat.net/faq/view/31/).


Perhaps those at "Freashmeat" aren't the ones who need to go back to junior high?

12 Oct 2002 16:32 saltlakejohn

The rating above isn't right
I rated StandardFAQ 1.0 as a '2' out of ten. I guess
Freshmeat subtracted 2 from 10 and came up with a
8.03 rating?!

Back to junior high, Freashmeat.

12 Oct 2002 16:28 saltlakejohn

More insecticide...
Chmod /ltsp/faqid file so it's writable too. There are
several mkdir commands buried in modules that will
generate errors and leave 'junk' files behind.

After all the error messages were one by one
corrected, I had some junk files hanging about in the
"pending" directory. Somehow they had been linked
and I could not erased them. I finally had my su lop off
the whole directory tree and I'm about to start over.

Honestly though, with the number of errors and fix-it's
and patches needed, I'm wondering why the
programmer had the audacity to make any file
unresponsive to a delete command.

Back to 101, drax.

12 Oct 2002 13:08 saltlakejohn

Corrections to PHP StandardFAQ
In functions.php the variable $maintainer-email should
be $maintainer_email (underscore, not hyphen) and
also in add-entry-handler.php change
$maintainer-email to $maintainer_email.

There are no installation notes. Basically the scripts all
sit in a directory called ltspfaq. The directory name
'ltspfaq' can be changed in functions.php.

You will need to create subdirectories as follows:
/ltspfaq/items, /ltspfaq/items/pending, and
/ltspfaq/items/posted then chmod all three to 775 (on
some servers) or chmod to 777 (as on my server).

Several admin modules, I can't remember which ones,
don't have a link back to the admin menu. To put the
link in add this line: category_footer(); at the bottom
just above the footer_main(); line.

Or just email drax.

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