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Slash: R_2_5_0_94 Bugfix

posted by jamiemccarthy on 02:25 PM October 24th, 2006   Printer-friendly   Email story

This weekend, a bugfix for R_2_5_0_94 was committed. The commit has been retagged so that a checkout of R_2_5_0_94 will give the fixed code. This is still the version that we recommend for new installs of Slash -- see previous story for details of how to install _94.

This fixes the issue that had been reported months ago that we never got around to fixing, namely, of the stray punctuation in slashschema_create.sql:

@@ -456,7 +456,7 @@
        name        VARCHAR(30) NOT NULL DEFAULT '',
        PRIMARY KEY (dkid),
-       UNIQUE name (name),
+       UNIQUE name (name)
 ) TYPE=InnoDB;


We apologize for this solution taking much, much longer than we'd initially thought. This has been a particularly persistent bug. But we are confident that when the final history of Slash 2.5 is written, it will look like just a comma.

Slash: R_2_5_0_94 released

posted by jamiemccarthy on 04:20 PM February 26th, 2006   Printer-friendly   Email story

As you may know, Slash development for the past several years has all been in CVS, with no tarball releases. We may do a tarball at some point, but for now, we recommend installing the most recent R_ tagged code from CVS.

We tag the code with T_ for our own use (on Slashdot, and and when we feel one of those weekly test builds is stable enough, we also slap an R_ tag on it. A complete list of tags can always be found on (in the "Show files using tag" menu).

If you are running a site on a very old version of Slash pre-2.2.6, we still recommend that you upgrade to 2.2.6, but the upgrade path beyond that to a recent CVS version will be long and difficult. We recommend you research whether you want to do that.

On the other hand, if you have not already invested a lot of time into a Slash site, we strongly recommend that you begin with the most recent R_ tag.

Today we made a new R_ tag, our version of Slash from January 11, 2006: R_2_5_0_94. This is the most recent since R_2_5_0_74, which dates from June 2005.

The biggest change is CSS, which was implemented just a few weeks after _74. Other changes include reskeys (which largely replace formkeys), and public logtokens (which improve security).

So the current recommended process to build Slash is:

cvs login
(password is blank)
cvs co -P -r R_2_5_0_94 slash

In the slash directory created, read the INSTALL file (the entire file, especially REQUIREMENTS). Then, if you still want to install Slash, follow the instructions in that file carefully!

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