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What is it?

Typo is a lean and mean weblog. Weblogs are cool, weblogs are "in" and everyone who writes
code has an different opinion on how a weblog should be written. Typo is our take on it.
Its meant for programmers who can extend and change the source to make it fit to their
needs but will eventually be useful to normal users as well.


Currently you need all of those things to get typo to run:

 * Ruby -v of 1.8.2 (25-05-2004) or higher 
 * Rails 0.13.1
 * A database.  Typo supports MySQL, PostgreSQL, and SQLite.
 * Ruby drivers for your database.
 * For best performance, you should have a web server running either Apache or Lighttpd
   along with FastCGI, although these aren't strictly required--you can use Ruby's built-in
   web server for low-volume testing.


Unpack the tgz or zip in some directory.

The first decision you have to make is whether to use Sqlite, MySQL, or Postgres.  All 
three are supported, although Sqlite doesn't have full support for database migrations in
Rails 0.13.1.

  * Create a database for typo. You can find matching schemas in the db/ folder. 
  * Change the config/database.yml to reflect your newly created database configuration  
  * Run script/server -e production and see if it works  
  * Point your browser to and follow the install process

If you want to deploy on fastcgi you will need to follow the setup instructions on
the typo page at

If you choose to go with sqlite you will need to create the databases. 


Typo needs write access to several directories in order to function correctly.  These need
to be writable by the user that runs the Typo process--in a hosted environment this may be
your user; on dedicated systems it may be something like 'httpd' or 'www-data'.

The specific directories in question are 'log/' (and everything underneath it) and 'public/'.
Strictly speaking, Rails will continue to work if public isn't writable, but none of Typo's
caching code will work properly.  For the security conscious, Rails really only needs the
ability to change a half-dozen files and subdirectories under public/, ask on the Typo
mailing list for more details.


Typo's administrative interface is available at  You can use this
to post articles and change Typo's configuration settings.  For posting new content, you can either
use this administrative web interface or a desktop blog editor like MarsEdit or Ecto.  For a short
list of clients which are confirmed to work please visit

Client setup

Set your desktop client to movable type api and enter 
as endpoint address.

Tell me about your blog

Add yourself to the list of typo blogs at and subscribe to the
typo mailing list. 

Your typo team
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