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1 NAME
2 README - Slashdot Readme
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4 DESCRIPTION
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5 This is the README file for Slash, release 1.0.7. Please read all
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6 documentation carefully. The various documents explain the database
7 schema, the various fields in the database, and some of the reasoning
8 behind the design of the schema, installation and setup.
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10 Please see INSTALL for database upgrade instructions. Code upgrading is
11 simple: use the new code in the new distribution, and make sure that you
12 have the new values and configurations in your copies of slashdotrc.pl
13 and httpd.conf. If you neglect to upgrade these last two, your site
14 likely will not work.
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16 Also, double-check every line of CHANGES to see if anything has changed
17 to affect your site (like a change from Mail::Sender to Mail::Sendmail,
18 for example).
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20 Note: This page looks best in a browser (the HTML version of it is in
21 the docs/ directory). You can print it out, but some of the ASCII
22 illustrations may get munged in printing, but the directions will
23 certainly appear good enough to read.
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25 We have a preliminary Getting Started document at
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26 public_html/getting_started.shtml. If this is your first time with
27 Slash, or you have questions or problems getting started, look here
28 first.
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30 See the Slash web site, with support, docs, latest downloads, FAQs, and
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31 more, at <URL:http://slashcode.com/>.
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33 This release is tagged in CVS as v1_0_7_0. See the SourceForge site at
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34 http://sourceforge.net/projects/slashcode/ for CVS, bug reporting, patch
35 submissions, and downloads.
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37 What is Slash?
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39 Maybe this is a dumb question, but why not get this answered? Slash is a
40 database-driven news and message board, using mod_perl and MySQL. It has
41 been programmed, more so recently, to use persistance for a good deal of
42 its variables to increase speed and efficiency. Slash has all the
43 features and more that you'd ever want in a bulletin-board/message-board
44 system. You can customize it to anything you want, give it any
45 appearance that you want. This can mostly be done via data. Slash is a
46 database beast in the true sense. The Slash code is distributed under
47 the GNU General Public License (see COPYING).
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49 Hardware/Software
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51 The live Slashdot used five separate servers for its high hit count.
52 This is not a target number for all Slash sites. You can run all of
53 Slash on one server, or throw it on 20 servers. The more load you want
54 it to handle, the more hardware you'll want. Slash consists of three
55 main parts: database, codebase, and web server. How those are divvied up
56 amongst servers is up to your own creative planning. Slash runs on Linux
57 but is not Linux specific. Whatever runs Apache/mod_perl and MySQL will
58 run Slash. Slash does have some MySQL-specific SQL statements contained
59 within, but it's not entirely impossible to run it on another RDBMS with
60 some modifications.
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62 Documentation
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64 Please read the various documents that come with the Slash code (in
65 docs/). There's a lot of information that can give you a better idea of
66 what the code does, how to install the code, and other information on
67 the database schema.
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69 README
70 this document (POD, HTML and plaintext)
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72 INSTALL
73 how to install (POD, HTML and plaintext)
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75 slasherd.fig
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76 the ERD diagram of the Slash database schema (use xfig to read it)
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78 slashtables.html/sdw/ps
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79 a description of all the tables and columns of the database schema
80 (HTML, StarOffice, and PostScript)
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82 Installation
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84 See INSTALL.
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86 AUTHOR
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87 Patrick Galbraith and Chris Nandor. Last Modified July 12, 2000.
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