Radiant 0.8.0 "Asterism" Release


Sean Cribbs

Looks like it's time for another release of Radiant:


Radiant 0.8.0 "Asterism" features a new and more compliant caching
mechanism based on Rack::Cache, and numerous bugfixes and small
Also included are:

* An extensive integration suite using Cucumber and Webrat
* Rails 2.3.2 (previously 2.1.2)
* Highline 1.5.1
* Haml 2.0.9

Many thanks to our contributors and committers for their contributions.


Radiant is a no-fluff content management system made for designers and
programmers and is ideal for use on small teams. It is similar to
Movable Type or Textpattern, but is much more than a blogging engine.

Radiant features:

* An elegant user interface
* The ability to arrange pages in a hierarchy
* Flexible templating with layouts, snippets, page parts, and a
custom tagging language (Radius: http://radius.rubyforge.org)
* A dynamic extension system
* A simple user management/permissions system
* Support for Markdown and Textile as well as traditional HTML
(it's easy to create other filters)
* Operates in two modes: dev and production depending on the URL
* A caching system which expires pages every 5 minutes
* Built using Ruby on Rails (which means that extending Radiant is
as easy as any other Rails application)
* Licensed under the MIT-License
* And much more...

There's even a live demo over on the project Web site:



* Warn about using the RedCloth 3 fallback. [Sean Cribbs, Jason Garber]
* Prevent stty errors on JRuby while running bootstrap. [Sean Cribbs]
* Moved template_name to ApplicationController [Jim Gay, Michael
* Remove vizres plugin. [Sean Cribbs]
* Update instance config/environments to remove ResponseCache [Jim Gay]
* Remove :eek:rder option from <r:children:count />, which causes errors on
postgresql. [Sean Cribbs]
* Prevent recursion via the <r:content /> tag. [Sean Cribbs]
* Update Highline. [Sean Cribbs]
* Update Cucumber and RSpec, clean up some features and fix specs. [Sean
* Set the protected attributes for users in User.protected_attributes
[Jim Gay]
* Don't allow a nil ETag in SiteController. [David Cato]
* Prevent failed login message from sticking around. [Kunal Shah]
* Fix failing test regarding extension order. [Brett McHargue]
* Catch ActiveRecord::RecordNotFound in Admin::ResourceController
[Jim Gay]
* Catch missing template errors for show routes [Jim Gay]
* Fix with_error in render_matcher not causing the spec to fail when no
exception raised. [Jason Garber]
* Make features task run in instance mode. [Sean Cribbs]
* Remove Admin::AbstractModelController. [Sean Cribbs]
* Cleanup deprecated Gem::manage_gems. [Sean Cribbs]
* Add begin...rescue blocks to rspec.rake [Sean Cribbs]
* Add begin...rescue blocks for requiring cucumber. [Matt Henry]
* Deprecate ResponseCache, add Radiant::Cache based on Rack::Cache.
[Sean Cribbs]
* Use app name for session cookie. [Josh French]
* Upgrade to Rails 2.3.2. [Sean Cribbs, Rick DeNatale, Josh French,
Kunal Shah]
* Populate config.extensions so extensions can be disabled easily.
[Jason Garber]
* Convert integration specs to Cucumber stories and update RSpec. [Sean
* Use ActionView::pathSet instead of normal arrays for view paths. [Pat
* Don't raise exception on unauthenticated request to /admin/logout.
[Josh French]
* Reverse view paths order in extension loader. [Sean Cribbs, Brent
* Remove obviated Ruby 1.8.7 compatibility patch. [Sean Cribbs]
* Adjust StandardTags#relative_url_for for case when relative_url_root
is nil. [Sean Cribbs]
* Correct rendering error in extensions controller. [Sean Cribbs]
* Correct typo in config/boot.rb. [Sean Cribbs]
* Major refactoring and simplification of LoginSystem. [Sean Cribbs]
* Update Haml to 2.0.7. [Sean Cribbs]
* Upgrade to Rails 2.2.2. [Sean Cribbs]
* Cleanup the config class a little, add some more documentation. [Sean
* Avoid bootstrap errors related to Radiant::Config by checking for
table existence. [Sean Cribbs]
* Correct status code typo in Admin::ResourceController. [Sean Cribbs]


We've worked hard to make it easy to install Radiant. For starters you
can download it with Ruby Gems:

% gem install radiant

Once the Radiant gem is installed you have access to the `radiant`
command. The `radiant` command is similar to the `rails` command (if you
are from the Rails world. It's how you generate a new Radiant project
for a website. So `cd` to the directory where you would like your
instance to be installed and type:

% radiant -d [mysql|postgres|sqlite3] .

Next, edit config/database.yml to taste. Then run the rake bootstrap

% rake production db:bootstrap

And start up the test server:

% script/server -e production

Finally, hit the /admin/ URL and you should be off to the races. See the
README file in the release for additional details.

If you are interested in other download options, visit the download
page: http://radiantcms.org/download/.

UPGRADING FROM 0.6.5-0.6.9 AND 0.7.x

1. Update the Radiant gem:

% gem update radiant

2. Change the RADIANT_GEM_VERSION constant in config/environment.rb
to "0.8.0".

3. Run the update rake task:

% rake radiant:update

4. Run migrations:

% rake db:migrate

5. Restart the server

UPGRADING FROM 0.5.x-0.6.4

The upgrade process changed significantly from last release, so listen
up! To upgrade an existing installation, BACKUP YOUR DATABASE, update
the gem, and create a new Radiant project using the instructions above.
Then point Radiant to the right database by editing config/database.yml
and execute the following command in your project directory:

% rake db:migrate

If you have problems during the upgrade, please let us know.


Radiant wouldn't be possible without the help of some fine people. The
following people have made contributions to this release:

Michael Kessler Kunal Shah Brett McHargue
Jim Gay Jason Garber Kunal Shah
Matt Henry Rick DeNatale Pat Allan
Josh French Brent Kroeker Sean Cribbs

Thanks guys! If you'd like to hop on the development band wagon head on
over to our dev site (http://dev.radiantcms.org/).


The best place to get support is definitely on the Radiant mailing list.
There's a crowd of people there who have been hanging around for many
moons now. Newbie questions are welcome! To sign up, go to:


The Radiant mailing list is also accessible via Ruby forum:




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