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README - Slash Readme
This release of Slash is BETA software. Run at your own risk. There ARE
bugs, there ARE broken and incomplete features, and documentation is not
yet finished or wrong. For a production-quality release of Slash, see
Slash is the code that runs Slashdot. More than that, however, Slash is
an architecture for putting together web sites. It comes with
functionality for posting articles, conducting polls, having
discussions, and more. But it can be extended in innumerable ways.
Slash is written in Perl, and is built on top of Apache and mod_perl. It
requires a database backend, though the only well-supported database
used with it is MySQL (more databases will become well-supported as time
goes on; PostgreSQL support is already well on its way). Slash is fast,
scalable, and secure (as evidenced by one of the best test cases you
could have, running Slashdot itself).
Through a plugin system, developers can add functionality to Slash.
Through themes and templates (which are written using Template Toolkit),
the look and feel of a Slash site can be customized.
See INSTALL for information about installing Slash, including hardware
and software requirements. Read that document carefully, and follow the
instructions as precisely as possible.
There is no upgrade information yet; we will write information on
upgrading from a 1.0.x site soon.
Slash FAQ
Basic information about Slash, how to contact the developers, and a
lot more.
Template Toolkit
For more information on how to write templates, see the Template
Toolkit site.
The details on how to install Slash.
(We should post this online, too.)
API The details of the API available in Slash.
perldoc Slash
perldoc Slash::Utility
perldoc Slash::Display
perldoc Slash::DB
(We should post these online, too.)
We need docs for schema, upgrading. We need to upgrade the Getting
Started doc. We need to have docs on how to do a plugin or theme.
Anything else?
The authors and contributors of Slash.
The site that started it all.
The main site for Slash.
SourceForge Site
Access to the code, bug reports, patches, and more.
Slash is copyright (c) 1997-2001, OSDN.
Slash is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under
the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free
Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or (at your
option) any later version.
Slash is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY
WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or
FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for
more details (COPYING).
You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along
with Slash; if not, go to or write to the
Free Software Foundation, Inc., 59 Temple Place - Suite 330, Boston, MA
02111-1307, USA.
Document last modified Wednesday, January 10, 2001.
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