[ANN] Ruwiki 0.9.2

A

Austin Ziegler

= Announcing Ruwiki 0.9.2
Ruwiki is a simple, extensible Wiki-clone written in Ruby. It supports
both CGI and WEBrick interfaces, templates, and CSS formatting. This Wiki
differs from most other Wikis in that it supports project namespaces, so
that two topics may be named the same for differing projects without
colliding or having to resort to odd naming conventions. Please see the
Ruwiki project in the running Wiki for complete information. Ruwiki 0.9.2
has German and Spanish translations available.

Ruwiki 0.9.2 is an incremental improvement and bugfix over Ruwiki
0.9.1. The fix for Ruwiki 0.9.2 is to fix a problem with the first
item in the token list being nil. This includes the fixes for Ruwiki
0.9.1. In addition to fixing the Google redirection, URIs may be
whitelisted. Some token renderings have been fixed. Finally,
installing Ruwiki as a Win32::Service has been simplified.

In the new year, the administrators of RubyForge and I will be making
Ruwiki available as an alternative wiki (in addition to the UseMod wiki)
on RubyForge. Note that UseMod does have some features that are not yet
present on Ruwiki.

== Why Ruwiki?
* Ruwiki runs as CGI or WEBrick servlet.
* Should be easily portable to mod_ruby, FCGI, or other frameworks.
* Cleanly separated templates and CSS.
* Project namespaces—Default::ReadMe and Project::ReadMe are two
different pages.
* Easily extensible.
* Focus on anti-spam.
* Speed focus is later, but it's plenty fast now (not benchmarked,
though).
* Easily pack up templates, data, and configuration into something that
can be deployed elsewhere.
* Includes Win32 service support out of the box.

== Where to get it?
RubyForge: <http://ruwiki.rubyforge.org>
<http://rubyforge.org/frs/?group_id=84>

The normal .tar.gz distribution requires that you have Diff::LCS 1.1.2
and Archive::Tar::Minitar 0.5.1 installed in your Ruby installation.

The full .tar.gz distribution includes full distributions of Diff::LCS
1.1.2 and Archive::Tar::Minitar 0.5.1. Modified installers for these
packages are included to install only the files from these packages, but
they are in location to work with the CGI version of ruwiki.

Standard RubyGems and RPA distributions are also available; these will
ensure that you have the appropriate versions of Diff::LCS and
Archive::Tar::Minitar.

=== Which distribution?
All distributions are functionally equivalent (and contain the same
tools), although the RPA and RubyGem packages install the support
utilities in standard locations, so they may be easier to use -- but they
require separate deployment before they can be usefully run. Choose the
tar.gz distributions if you are in a situation where you do not control
what is or can be installed in the Ruby site library or other standard
locations.

== Quick Start
How you get started with Ruwiki depends on how you have acquired Ruwiki
and how you prefer to run Ruwiki. In the descriptions below, .tar.gz
refers to either the normal or full tar distribution and Installer refers
to either the RPA or RubyGem installation of Ruwiki.

=== .tar.gz CGI
1. Install Ruwiki where your webserver can execute CGI programs and
ensure that ruwiki.cgi is executable. If the webserver user
permissions are different than those with which Ruwiki is installed,
you will need to ensure that ./data is writeable and ./templates is
readable by the web server user.
2. Point your web browser to the appropriate URL.

=== .tar.gz WEBrick
1. Run bin/ruwiki_servlet (ruby bin/ruwiki_servlet under Windows).
2. Point your web browser to <http://localhost:8808/> .

=== Installer WEBrick (Readonly)
1. Run ruwiki_servlet with the --central option:

% ruwiki_servlet --central

2. Point your web browser to <http://localhost:8808/> .

=== Installer CGI
1. Create a directory in a place that your webserver can execute CGI
programs and type:
% ruwiki install cgi,data --to <directory>

If the webserver user permissions are different than those with which
Ruwiki is installed, you will need to ensure that ./data is writeable
and ./templates is readable by the web server user.
2. Point your web browser to the appropriate URL.

=== Installer WEBrick
1. Create a directory to store your data and templates and type:
% ruwiki install data --to <directory>

2. Run ruwiki_servlet:
% ruwiki_servlet

3. Point your web browser to <http://localhost:8808/> .

=== Installer Windows Service (WEBrick and Win32::Service)
1. Create a directory to store your service runner, data, and templates
and type:
% ruwiki install service,data --to <directory>

2. Change to that directory to install and start the service:
% ruwiki service install RuwikiSvc
% ruwiki service start RuwikiSvc

3. Point your web browser to <http://localhost:8808/> .

== Configuration
There are extensive configuration options available. The Ruwiki WEBrick
servlet offers command-line options that simplify the configuration of
Ruwiki without editing the servlet; use ruwiki_servlet --help for more
information.

The WEBrick servlet can also be used with --save-config to save a
ruwiki.conf that may be edited. Options may be chosen set on the servlet
commandline and these values will be saved into configuration file.

== Copyright
Copyright: Copyright © 2002 - 2004, Alan Chen and Austin Ziegler
Authors: Alan Chen ([email protected])
Austin Ziegler ([email protected])
Licence: Ruby's

== Credits
* This software includes portions of Diff::LCS and Archive::Tar::Minitar by
Austin Ziegler, available for download from the Ruwiki RubyForge project:
[http://rubyforge.org/projects/ruwiki/]
* Portions of this software are derived from Dave Thomas's RDoc system, now
part of the Ruby distribution.

* Translation to German by [mailto:[email protected] Christian
Neukirchen].
* Translation to Spanish by [mailto:[email protected] Mauricio
Fernández].

== Quick Errata
* There are several issues with all Readme files in all distributions:
* References to the bin/convert utility are incorrect. The utility is
now bin/ruwiki_convert. Remember: you don't need the conversion
utility to convert from Ruwiki 0.8.0 to Ruwiki 0.9.2.
* There is no YAML backend in Ruwiki 0.9.2. YAML is now a format option
within the Flatfiles backend (the same applies to the Marshal
backend). It now requires Ruby 1.8.2 preview 3 or better.
* There is no Diff::LCS 1.2.0; Ruwiki 0.9.2 only works with Diff::LCS
1.1.2 (the RubyGems expression is ~> 1.1.2, which will prevent Ruwiki
from working with Diff::LCS 1.2.0 when it is released).
* Issues in the Readme.rubygems file:
* The option to run Ruwiki from the centralised data is --central, not
--gem-data.
* Issues in the Readme.tarfile file:
* Only the ruwiki-full-0.9.2.tar.gz distribution includes Diff::LCS and
Archive::Tar::Minitar.
* Additional Spanish translations have been provided by Horacio "vruz"
Lopez <[email protected]> .
* There are known display oddities with Internet Explorer and Opera.
These will be dealt with in the future.
 
G

Giulio Piancastelli

Austin said:
In the new year, the administrators of RubyForge and I will be making
Ruwiki available as an alternative wiki (in addition to the UseMod wiki)
on RubyForge. Note that UseMod does have some features that are not yet
present on Ruwiki.

Could you be a little more precise about those features? Thanks a lot!
Regards,
Giulio Piancastelli.
 
A

Austin Ziegler

Could you be a little more precise about those features? Thanks a lot!

Basically, most of the features listed in the ToDo list for 0.10; the
biggest missing feature is the ability to view revision history.
Ruwiki keeps the revision history, but doesn't yet have a way to view
it (I'm not exactly happy with any way that I've seen this done yet).

While I have authentication, I don't have a way of creating users --
yet. It is planned. There's not much else, but I do have a large
number of features I want to implement.

-austin
 

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