26 February 2006

More Silt 4

Well, still more problems. James Robertson created a new Silt pre-built with the latest changes. I downloaded it and installed it on the Mac. When I went to http://localhost:9000/blog/BlogView I got this:

Grrrrrrr. I'd really like to use Silt for a multi-user multi-blog set for a non-profit that I belong to but I don't have the time to debug the problems I'm encountering with Silt. Oh well.

Yet another foolish quiz

You Are an Espresso

At your best, you are: straight shooting, ambitious, and energetic

At your worst, you are: anxious and high strung

You drink coffee when: anytime you're not sleeping

Your caffeine addiction level: high
What Kind of Coffee Are You?

You drink coffee when: anytime you're not sleeping

Your caffeine addiction level: high

Well, that's definitely true

22 February 2006

More Silt 3

Trying this over again. When I tried to reuse the imageSiltFromRepository everything appeared to be broken. The new dirctory is imageSiltFR2. This image is built with SiltSSPFiles 1.26, Silt 2.25 and Client-Core 6.1. I need to check to see if these are the correct version numbers.

After setting up blog1 and blog2, I tried to go to and I got a bizarre error relating to '/usr/local/vw7.3.1nc/imageSiltFR2/blog2/View.ssp/css/impact-blog.css'. There's no such file, of course. There is a file '/usr/local/vw7.3.1nc/imageSiltFR2/source/css/impact-blog.css'. Hmmm.

Oh no, not me!

Well, there was a posting on the FRIAM mailing list that pointed to some nerd/geek tests. The posting welcomed participants to take the test, so I did. These are the results.

I am nerdier than 98% of all people. Are you nerdier? Click here to find out!
My computer geek score is greater than 99% of all people in the world! How do you compare? Click here to find out!

I don't think that the tests go into enough detail to ascertain the true nerdiness/geekiness of the test taker; but maybe it's just me :^)

Oh, by the way, the best periodic table I found was at www.dayah.com/periodic/ (hey, it didn't say that you couldn't use aids, did it?).

17 February 2006

More Silt 2

I worked on the Silt from the Repository again. This time I'm tried to set up more blogs to see what happens to the blogs when I set up the values differently in the Blog Manager. So far I've set up the blogs jp2, blog3 and blog4. The blog3 and blog4 work OK. The blog jp2 is probably screwed up because the DES encryption module doesn't work and I haven't learned to just terminate it.

10 February 2006

More Silt

Given the problems I found previously with the Silt blog server pre-built module, I decided to move the deployment over to a local box. It's going to be easier to work out the bugs here rather than a remote box.

After having the same problems locally as I had remotely, I've also decided to try the download from Repository option.

The repository download seems to work better than the pre-built Silt. It comes up, I can post and I can set up multiple blogs.

The setup for mutiple blogs has some problems though. There's no feedback from the blog setup mechanism, so you can't tell if it worked. Worse, it seems to keep adding layers of directories, so that I've gotten a url like this http://localhost/blogname/

09 February 2006

Siltier, or the fallout from installing Silt

Well, I tried to install the blog server called Silt, written by James Robertson of Cincom Smalltalk fame. I first tried the pre-built image and configuration that is supposed to be self-contained except for your VW 7.3.1 VM.

I found that the thing didn't work unless you had all 3 of the XML parcels from the goodies/other directory and the WebToolkit from the web directory. I did this because I wanted to install Silt on a webserver and I didn't like carrying the whole VW 7.3.1 distribution (~500MB) onto the webserver. As it is the Silt distro is 31 MB with the total space used at 91 MB. I have other uses for the extra 400MB.

Well, I got all the extra modules set up on the server, did the

export VISUALWORKS=visualworks/home/directory

started the server, go to http://www.objectnets.com:9000/blog/blogView and I get this message:

Application Error

A fatal error has occurred in this application. Please contact this site's administrator.

No such file or directory ("/home/blogs/public_html/silt/image/blog/blogView")

My first thought is that the "No such file or directory..." should be in the log for the web server, not displayed on the error page.