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Extra page for latest postings

Purpose of the script

Several operators of instances of the My Little Forum script asked for a script to show the latest postings of their forum outside of the forum itself in a different page of the website. After repeated questions, H. Schütz decided to hand over a script for that purpose, he developed for his own forum (an instance of My Little Forum 1.8 (never released version)).

Licence

This script is licenced under the terms of the GPL 3.

Configuration

With version 0.2 an INI file (data/config/lpp.ini) for storing of the settings got introduced. The settings stayed the same but changed their names.

  • section [general]
    • debug [boolean]: additional output for development and/or debugging (true or false)
    • numberOfEntries [integer]: number of latest entries to display in the page
    • typeOfCategories [array]: an array to store the information, which type of categories should get displayed (0: public categories, 1: categories, restricted to registered users, 2: categories, restricted to moderators and administrators)
  • section [paths]
    • forumURL [string]: the URL of the forum as you see it in the browsers address bar (i.e. "https://example.com/forum/")
    • dbSettings [string]: the local path of the webserver from the script to the file config/db_settings.php from within the forum
    • mainTemplate [string]: file name of the main HTML template
    • itemTemplate [string]: file name of the HTML template for list items
    • infoTemplate [string]: file name of the HTML template for error messages and/or debug messages
  • section [output]
    • pageTitle [string]: string with placeholders for the page title
    • reloadRhythm [integer]: number of seconds until the page reloads the next time

$output['debug-and-errors'] got removed from the settings but is a variable initialisation in the script anyway

Settings and their counterparts in the PHP script

  • setting debug is equivalent to PHP variable $settings['general']['debug']
  • setting numberOfEntries is equivalent to PHP variable $settings['general']['numberOfEntries']
  • setting typeOfCategories is equivalent to PHP variable $settings['general']['typeOfCategories']
  • setting forumURL is equivalent to PHP variable $settings['paths']['forumURL']
  • setting dbSettings is equivalent to PHP variable $settings['paths']['dbSettings']
  • setting mainTemplate is equivalent to PHP variable $settings['paths']['mainTemplate']
  • setting itemTemplate is equivalent to PHP variable $settings['paths']['itemTemplate']
  • setting infoTemplate is equivalent to PHP variable $settings['paths']['infoTemplate']
  • setting pageTitle is equivalent to PHP variable $settings['output']['pageTitle']
  • setting reloadRhythm is equivalent to PHP variable $settings['output']['reloadRhythm']

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