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README - Slashdot Readme
This is the README file for Slash, release 1.0.9. Please read
all documentation carefully. The various documents explain the
database schema, the various fields in the database, and some of
the reasoning behind the design of the schema, installation and
Please see INSTALL for database upgrade instructions. Code
upgrading is simple: use the new code in the new distribution,
and make sure that you have the new values and configurations in
your copies of and httpd.conf. If you neglect to
upgrade these last two, your site likely will not work.
Also, double-check every line of CHANGES to see if anything has
changed to affect your site (like a change from Mail::Sender to
Mail::Sendmail, for example).
Note: This page looks best in a browser (the HTML version of it
is in the docs/ directory). You can print it out, but some of
the ASCII illustrations may get munged in printing, but the
directions will certainly appear good enough to read.
We have a preliminary Getting Started document at
public_html/getting_started.shtml. If this is your first time
with Slash, or you have questions or problems getting started,
look here first.
See the Slash web site, with support, docs, latest downloads,
FAQs, and more, at <URL:>.
This release is tagged in CVS as v1_0_9_0. See the SourceForge
site at <> for CVS,
bug reporting, patch submissions, and downloads.
What is Slash?
Maybe this is a dumb question, but why not get this answered?
Slash is a database-driven news and message board, using
mod_perl and MySQL. It has been programmed, more so recently, to
use persistance for a good deal of its variables to increase
speed and efficiency. Slash has all the features and more that
you'd ever want in a bulletin-board/message-board system. You
can customize it to anything you want, give it any appearance
that you want. This can mostly be done via data. Slash is a
database beast in the true sense. The Slash code is distributed
under the GNU General Public License (see COPYING).
The live Slashdot used five separate servers for its high hit
count. This is not a target number for all Slash sites. You can
run all of Slash on one server, or throw it on 20 servers. The
more load you want it to handle, the more hardware you'll want.
Slash consists of three main parts: database, codebase, and web
server. How those are divvied up amongst servers is up to your
own creative planning. Slash runs on Linux but is not Linux
specific. Whatever runs Apache/mod_perl and MySQL will run
Slash. Slash does have some MySQL-specific SQL statements
contained within, but it's not entirely impossible to run it on
another RDBMS with some modifications.
Please read the various documents that come with the Slash code
(in docs/). There's a lot of information that can give you a
better idea of what the code does, how to install the code, and
other information on the database schema.
this document (POD, HTML and plaintext)
how to install (POD, HTML and plaintext)
the ERD diagram of the Slash database schema (use xfig to
read it)
a description of all the tables and columns of the database
schema (HTML, StarOffice, and PostScript)
Patrick Galbraith and Chris Nandor. Last Modified Thursday,
October 5, 2000.
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