Planet, GNU Arch

Yesterday, after some discussion regarding Bluemoon (currently offline, LiveJournal syndicated copy available at livejournal temporarily), the idea of a “Planet Swhack” was brought up: an aggregated collection of the weblogs of members of #swhack, much similar to the many other planets run by the Planet Planet software or like Planet RDF, run off the Chumpalogica aggregator.

So, yesterday, I set it up. AaronSw controls Swhack DNS, and wasn’t around at the same time as me at any point, so I set up as a temporary URI to demonstrate it. Picked up some bloggers, and set up the stylesheet to be the same as my other Planet, PlanetMobile. Tonight, as I was preparing to ask AaronSw to set up DNS for Planet Swhack, I noticed that jcowan‘s most reccent entry was messing things up. I looked into the issue a bit more and found out that Planet was using version 2.7 of Mark Pilgrim’s Universal Feed Parser, which barfed quite badly on the XHTML in his Atom content.

So, I looked into it a bit more, and found out that the “nightly tarball” of Planet has not been updated since October. So much for any kind of decent release schedule.

Looking at a mailing list thread on release scheduling, I realized that the issues I was having had been fixed, and set about to check out the latest code from their version control.

Except there’s no instructions on how to do that, just a repository name. And it’s GNU Arch, which I sure as hell don’t know. So, I go to install it… apt-get install tla, on my home machine… apt tells me:

Media change: please insert the disc labeled
‘Ubuntu 5.04 _Hoary Hedgehog_ – Preview i386 Binary-1 (20050310)’
in the drive ‘/cdrom/’ and press enter

Update: Since I get a large number of hits from Google for this issue: The way to fix this is to edit your /etc/apt/sources.list, and remove the first line in it that references the cdrom drive. (You can simply put a # in front of it.) Then type apt-get update. (You’ll have to edit and update as root – type sudo before the commands to do that.) If you need more help, feel free to comment. (2006-01-10)
… right. I’m a 15 minute bike ride from home. Not going to happen. So, I switch from zeus to athena and try it, and get tla installed. Then start looking for instructions on how to check out a repository.

Apparently, the industry standard term “check out” is not part of the Arch repository system. Eventually, I wandered into Logjam’s arch repository, which provides clean instructions for how to get the code out of it:

tla register-archive
tla get–2004/logjam–dev–4.4

I was able to check out the “shiny development branch” of the Planet code, and get it in place on the site, fixing all my issues with Atom and XHTML content. All is well in the world, and Planet Swhack is a go. Never let it be said that checking out code from an arch repository is intuitive though. Anyone who thinks it is is out of their tree.

One Response to “Planet, GNU Arch”

  1. Phil Ringnalda Says:

    Ah, I’d been hoping to spot a shiny newly-formed Planet, without having to get Arch installed myself: I wondered if Planet’s RSS 2.0 had stopped horking <guid> yet. Looks like not, since thanks to the default value for isPermaLink, <guid>,2005:/blog//1.64</guid> says that’s the permalink for his entry.

    (If you think it’s likely anyone will consume the RSS 2.0 in Firefox, you might want to add isPermaLink=”false” to the guid in the 2.0 template, since nobody has gotten around to figuring out a good way of working around that Planet quirk yet. Dunno if there are any other aggregators who take the spec quite as literally as Firefox.)