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README - Slash Readme
This release is BETA software. It is not intended or recommended for
production use, and is constantly changing. Please use this only for
development and testing purposes.
The upgrade procedures are available (the INSTALL manpage). Standard
disclaimer applies. Please test them if you are so inclined, and let us
know how they work for you.
Slash -- Slashdot Like Automated Storytelling Homepage -- 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.
Also see INSTALL for information on upgrading from previous versions of
As noted in the FAQ, please send any bug reports, and subscribe to
mailing lists, at Slash's site.
The .pod documentation included with Slash can be read with the
"perldoc" program, included with perl, or translated using one of the
many "pod2*" translators.
The documentation is also available online on the Slash FAQ.
Slash FAQ
Basic information about Slash, how to contact the developers, and a
lot more.
Template Toolkit (version 2)
For more information on how to write templates, see the Template
Toolkit site.
RSS For more information on RSS 1.0, and the RSS Slash module.
The details on how to install, and upgrade, Slash.
API The details of the API available in Slash.
perldoc Slash
perldoc Slash::Utility
perldoc Slash::Display
perldoc Slash::DB
The modules represent the bulk of the public API of Slash. The other
Slash modules have embedded POD to be read with perldoc, too. Some
of the documentation here is woefully incomplete.
use Source 'Luke';
There are currently the beginnings of HOWTO documents for templates,
plugins, and themes.
The layout and description of the database. [These are out of date.]
The slashguide document (previously called getting_started) helps
you get your feet wet and gives vital information for how to run a
Slash site.
The authors and contributors of Slash.
The site that started it all.
The main site for Slash.
The main CVS repository. Site
Access to the code, bug reports, patches, mailing lists, and more.
The information below applies to everything in this distribution, except
where noted.
Copyright 1997-2001 by Open Source Development Network.
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.
You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along
with Slash (COPYING); if not, go to or write to the
Free Software Foundation, Inc., 59 Temple Place - Suite 330, Boston, MA
02111-1307, USA.
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