Miscellaneous

Drupal 7 Conversion, Round 5,423,448

Submitted by C B Wright on

Over the weekend I took a fairly recent copy of my database and tried running the Drupal 6 to Drupal 7 upgrade, and found--much to my surprise--that most of the stuff that didn't work before works now. It's been fairly encouraging: there were a few issues that I've mostly managed to work through at this point, to the extent that I might actually be able to upgrade this thing once and for all.

RSS Feeds! RSS Feeds! RSS Feeds! RSS Feeds!

Submitted by C B Wright on

It has taken so long to figure out how to get this to work, but I've finally got the site RSS feeds sorted out.

My RSS feeds are now being pumped through Feedburner, which means I will actually have an idea of how many of you guys are out there. Which is good, because my gut feeling is that there are quite a lot of you and my RSS feed has always been sort of an afterthought.

At the moment I have a number of custom RSS feeds for your viewing pleasure:

RSS Feed Update: Progress.

Submitted by C B Wright on

In my last Site News Post about RSS Feeds, I complained that I couldn't get Feedburner--or any other RSS tool--to work with my site. The reason, apparently, is because I had SSL turned on everywhere, including for the RSS feed. Apparently RSS feeds are only considered valid when they start with http: not https: -- I think that's idiotic, personally, since the feeds still work exactly the same way -- but it is what it is.

Well, I found a Drupal module that lets me selectively deactivate SSL in specific regions of the site. It's called Secure Pages, and with it I can turn on SSL everywhere except for the RSS feeds (technically SSL is still on, because you can access the feeds with an https: URL, but it's no longer required.)

The Mystery of the (Apparently) Flawless Upgrade

Submitted by C B Wright on

This weekend I had two projects:

  1. Drupal needed to be updated, as well as some of its plugins.
  2. I wanted to upgrading my server, which was running Ubuntu Lucid (10.04) to Ubuntu Precise (12.04).

Of the two, upgrading the server was potentially the most problematic. In fact, if you do a Google search on the topic, you'll find a lot of posts about how difficult it is... but in order to support some of the features I use in Drupal, I had to add some official repositories to my Lucid install to give me access to newer versions of PHP and mySQL, and those repositories were apparently no longer around. Moving to Precise would solve that problem, and allow me to once again benefit from SECURITY PATCHES on these venerable applications. So... that was a compelling argument to try.

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