A few days ago, I updated both Drupal installations to 6.29. Afterwards, I received a protection error for a couple folders including /tmp -- SA-CORE-2013-003 - Drupal core - Multiple vulnerabilities.
Following the directions in the Security Advisory, I was able to take care of everything except the /tmp folder. I kept getting warnings about access to this folder.
I spent a bit of time today trying to solve this issue and found this thread. I eventually read through the whole thread and found this comment. It explains, since my /tmp is in the web servers system root I am just to ignore this warning until a fix is made and not change it to ./tmp, as some have suggested.
~~ Update ~~
09 December, 2013
As of today, the error message is now gone. Not sure why, as there was no update. Must be something on the server side.
When I recently set up Peter's Cycling Blog, I set it up as a subdomain of LarsonsWorld with it's own Drupal install. For a few days I was totally thrown for a loop by one simple difference in the installs.
With LarsonsWorld, on a Drupal story, page or block, I found I could always use 'image-folder/image.jpg' without having to use the complete URL and the image showed everywhere. When I set up Peter's Cycling Blog I found this didn't work. Yes, it worked on the PCB homepage, but once you started going into the website hierarchy, the image didn't show. Thus, with PCB, I started using complete image URLs.
Since LW uses Drupal 6.22 and PCB uses 6.28, I figured this was the reason. Or, it was a subdomain. Or, I was doing something wrong. Or, something.
I originally installed Drupal on LW in late 2010. At that time, the PHP used by my host, Hostgator, couldn't use the 'Clean URLs' option in Drupal. So, '?q=node/' was used by default. When I installed Drupal into the subdomain this past month, the PHP had been updated and 'Clean URLs' could be used and '/node/' was set as the default.
This creates a very interesting change in how everything is referenced. Once you start using 'Clean URLs' your website has a real hierarchy and is no longer based on the '?q=node' database, or whatever it is. Once I unselected 'Clear URLs' on PCB, all my images started showing on all pages.
Maybe I'm old school. LarsonsWorld is 11 years old now and I've had a website of some kind since 2000. In the early days, it was faster to reference images in folders rather than using the full URL. Looking back at my hand coded pages, there where many that had image sources like '../../../folder/image' so the pages would load faster. I'm use to it.
Or maybe, I rather enjoy not having to type the whole URL or figuring out how many folders down the hierarchy an image is.
I'm going with a combination of both.
Skip the post below this one and you will see 3 consecutive posts for photograph sets. When you follow the links to the galleries, the content of those pages, I hand code.
Search Drupal with gallery and there are a bajillion results returned. I've spent time looking through them. I've spent time looking through Drupals Modules. I still can't find what I am looking for.
My set up is an image with thumbnails of previous photos above and following photos below. This setup lives in my current theme so all pages match. Boring yes, but I like consistency.
As of now, I go a rather roundabout way. I use a program that creates slide shows. It takes the original images, creates slides of reduced size with a watermark, makes thumbnails and creates a finished gallery. I then take the slides and thumbnails and use those for my handcrafted content.
I don't know. I guess it keeps me in touch with some coding still. I still have to do some thinking to create the pages and I guess that's a good thing.
Holy spam-a-lot Batman. It got to the point where I was getting upwards of 250+ spam comments a day!
Talk about out of control. Fuckin' A.
So, I delved into the internet to do some research on Drupal comments and spam. After reading up on a few diiferent options I decided to try Mollom.
Wow, what a difference a day - and a anti spam module - makes. No spam comments today. Yippee Ki-Yay!
I am using the module for comments, user sign up and the site wide contact page. It is working great and I strongly recomment it.
On of the things I wasn't sure about when I changed over to Drupal was the ability of search engine crawlers to index the site. Since Drupal uses ?q=node/(page #) and no real dedicated page or page title*, I was afraid that I would not get good search responses. This is proving to be untrue. I don't know how it works, but my entries are showing up on search engines just fine.
* It appears you can create a page title in some versions, but not in the one I am using (Drupal 6.2).
~ Update: 8 February ~
This only to appears to be working with Google right now. Both Yahoo! and Bing aren't showing recent posts.
(I am using 'pedro's frankencycle' for my search query)
Well, I have figured out the problems with sending email. I couldn't get email to work until I went in and changed the permissions for authenticated users. Now, once you create an account, you can now email me and other users. I have also set it up so that authorized users can post to
LarsonsWorld Forum and they can even create their own entries in the Blog section. (FYI -- these are not published to the front page and, on top of that, why they would want to create a blog here, I really don't know.)
A quick shout out to tuxmachines.org. I know they use Drupal and I have been viewing their site, looking at what they have and/or are doing and then figuring out how to do it on mine. Thanks!
~ Update 12 February 2011~
Remove the forum and blog sections as all they where being used for was spam.
In no particular order
Thingamablog is a great cross platform blogging tool and served me for over 7 years (October 2003 to December 2010), but there are a few reasons I am choosing to change.
First is that fact that since it is not cloud based. I have two computers I use to blog with and keeping Thingamablog in sync on them is kind of a pain. Anytime I added content I had to make sure to physically copy the database files from one computer to the other. If I didn't, I would have to go back and recreate overwritten posts. I have had to do this a few times and, yes I know, it was my fault, not Thingamablogs.
Second is the inability to bring other content, i.e. pages, into the fold. Anytime I updated my page design I always had to go back and hand code my non blog pages. I am a bit anal and want that cohesive look to my website. Thus, when you go from one page to the next, it always has the same layout. There is a plus and minus to this with moving to Drupal. On the minus side, I now have to go back and recreate all my static pages. On the plus side, I can leave some of that content to the great internet beyond and not worry about recreating it. Really, most of it is never visited by anyone anyway, it is all just leftover from years of having a website.
Hello Drupal and a fond farewell to Thingamablog.
I have been thinking of changing from Thingamablog for a while now and, as you can see, have finally done it.
The old blog exists via the archives of all entries from October 2003 thru December 2010.