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Munich Blogs

I used the planet code to set up, with an initial random selection of blog feeds. Hopefully there'll be some gradual natural-selection of the bloggers. I plan to add some subculture blogs too - For instance, I'd like to know about any and all blogs for open source developers in Munich.

Feeds seems to be of variable content, possibly depending on the formats (planet seems to handle any feed format automatically). Some have full text, and some have just the first couple of sentences. Some have links to the images shown on the original blogs, some do not. Maybe planets are test cases for feeds.

planet makes it really easy to do this - so expect a lot more planets to appear.

17 May 2004 (updated 17 May 2004 at 18:53 UTC) »


I've been playing with pyblosxom locally and with my hosted account. It's a while since I did much .cgi, so "premature end of script headers" in the apache error.log was confusing again. Of course it really seems to mean "some of your file permissions are wrong". I don't think I've been aware of suexec before, though it's probably quite common. Dreamhost use suexec, so you'll get that error if the .cgi script is writable by all. It's about time something stopped me from trying to fix permissions problems by giving full access to everything.

pyblosxom is nice and simple - you just put text files in a directory of your choosing, and it uses the date of the file on the filesystem to assign that entry to a date on your blog. Obviously, having to put files in there directly using a ssh session is impractical, so there is a primitive script that lets you do it over the web, using apache's regular .htaccess user/password thing to restrict access. It's kind of annoying that I have to think of a filename manually, but that's not the end of the world. Also, the page-layout template system seems quite simple, with no embedded code.

I did look a the WordPress online demo, and it looks a lot more user-friendly. But I'd like to avoid maintaining a MySQL database just for my blog. I'm marginally more familiar with python than PHP, so the appearance of PHP in their templates alarms me. Also, I keep hearing about PHP being somehow fundamentally problematic for security, though I don't have the slightest idea of why.

So I am trying to get the pyblosxom xmlrpc interface to work, so I can use friendlier tools to post blog entries. I notice that the xmlrpc plugin needs python 2.2 rather than 2.1 - I think that's what the "NameError: name 'True' is not defined" error is about. So I changed the top of the pyconfig.cgi script from "#!/usr/bin/env python" to "#!/usr/bin/env python2.2". I'm not sure if that is the right way to do it. Also, python 2.2 seems to come with xmlrpclib, but you have to download xmlrpclib and copy it somewhere manually if you are using python 2.1.

It looks like gnome-blog is not quite up to date with recent pyblosxom. When using the "Self-Run Pybloxsom" Blog Type, it tries to access an xmlrpc.cgi script, but there's none in the pyblosxom-0.9.1 tarball. When I try to use the "Self-Run Other" Blog Type with The "BloggerAPI" or "MetaWeblog" Blog Protocols, givint if the URL of my pyblosxom.cgi script, it reports an "internal server error" and I get this in my error.log file.

Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "pyblosxom.cgi", line 49, in ?
  File "/home/murrayc/", line 116, in run
    self.defaultHandler(config, data)
  File "/home/murrayc/", line 130, in defaultHandler
  File "/home/murrayc/", line 396, in run_callback
    return defaultfunc(input)
  File "/home/murrayc/", line 304, in blosxom_process_path_info
    data['flavour'] = (form.has_key('flav') and
  File "/usr/lib/python2.2/", line 601, in has_key
    raise TypeError, "not indexable"
But I feel that I've done quite well, and I'm sure somebody will email me with a helpful clue.

Annoying g++ improvement of the day

I know there's bound to be a good reason for the C++ spec to say we can't do this, and I can guess at it, but this gcc 3.4 C++-conformance improvement, pointed out to me by Bryan Forbes, is an irritation. Of course, I don't know the reason exactly because there is still no freely-available copy of the C++ spec online. No, I don't want the C# one instead

Don't mention the war(s)

More documentaries seen at Dok.Fest:

  • Willkommen an der Grenze: Mostar, in Bosnia is divided into Croation (christian) and Bosnian (muslim) parts. The 2 sets of inhabitants try not to talk amongst themselves about the war and refuse to talk to each other about anything.
  • Cement: Inhabitants of Beocin, in Serbia, talk about their town's shaky dependence on the cement factory, and their hopes for the boxing club that it sponsors.

I really like that the directors have often talked briefly after the films.

Long live the interim government

The Dok.Fest Documentary festival is on in Munich this week. It's information rich. So far I've seen

  • Skinhead Attitude: Far-right skinheads say what's expected of them. Normal people with similar hair styles disagree. In onese scene, a girl suggests that all the blacks, gays, and muslims should be nuked so that her children can grow up happy.
  • Familienreise: German Grandmother, father, and daughter revisit Glatz/Kłodzko in Poland, which the Grandmother's family was forced to leave after the war, along with other germans-speakers.
  • Wir haben vergessen züruckzukehren: Fatih Akin's relatives talk about their experience arriving in Germany in the 60s and either staying for life or returning changed.
  • Smile and Wave: Dutch soldiers in Afghanistan trying not to be like the Americans, but trying not to be like the Dutch of Srebrenica. In one scene a soldier learns about his translator's conservative lifestyle and then gives him the gift of hardcore porn DVDs.
  • Igazgyöngyök: Elderly Hungarian-speakers in the deserted Rumanian village Adorian philosophise about the past.
  • Azbuka na Nadejdata: Bulgarian- and turkish-speaking inhabitants of the deserted Bulgarian village Zhelezino, by the bulgarian/greek/turkish border, talk about their future. In 1989 the turks were forced to change their names to Bulgarian ones, and forbidden from speaking their language. 10 years later they got their own names back again, but most had emigrated in the meantime.

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