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Commit 2b55641a authored by Evan Prodromou's avatar Evan Prodromou

split gigantic README into separate files

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Beginning with the 0.7.x branch, StatusNet has supported a simple but
powerful plugin architecture. Important events in the code are named,
like 'StartNoticeSave', and other software can register interest
in those events. When the events happen, the other software is called
and has a choice of accepting or rejecting the events.
In the simplest case, you can add a function to config.php and use the
Event::addHandler() function to hook an event:
function AddGoogleLink($action)
$action->menuItem('http://www.google.com/', _('Google'), _('Search engine'));
return true;
Event::addHandler('EndPrimaryNav', 'AddGoogleLink');
This adds a menu item to the end of the main navigation menu. You can
see the list of existing events, and parameters that handlers must
implement, in EVENTS.txt.
The Plugin class in lib/plugin.php makes it easier to write more
complex plugins. Sub-classes can just create methods named
'onEventName', where 'EventName' is the name of the event (case
matters!). These methods will be automatically registered as event
handlers by the Plugin constructor (which you must call from your own
class's constructor).
Several example plugins are included in the plugins/ directory. You
can enable a plugin with the following line in config.php:
addPlugin('Example', array('param1' => 'value1',
'param2' => 'value2'));
This will look for and load files named 'ExamplePlugin.php' or
'Example/ExamplePlugin.php' either in the plugins/ directory (for
plugins that ship with StatusNet) or in the local/ directory (for
plugins you write yourself or that you get from somewhere else) or
Plugins are documented in their own directories.
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IMPORTANT NOTE: StatusNet 0.7.4 introduced a fix for some
incorrectly-stored international characters ("UTF-8"). For new
installations, it will now store non-ASCII characters correctly.
However, older installations will have the incorrect storage, and will
consequently show up "wrong" in browsers. See below for how to deal
with this situation.
If you've been using StatusNet 0.7, 0.6, 0.5 or lower, or if you've
been tracking the "git" version of the software, you will probably
want to upgrade and keep your existing data. There is no automated
upgrade procedure in StatusNet 0.9.9. Try these step-by-step
instructions; read to the end first before trying them.
0. Download StatusNet and set up all the prerequisites as if you were
doing a new install.
1. Make backups of both your database and your Web directory. UNDER NO
CIRCUMSTANCES should you try to do an upgrade without a known-good
backup. You have been warned.
2. Shut down Web access to your site, either by turning off your Web
server or by redirecting all pages to a "sorry, under maintenance"
3. Shut down XMPP access to your site, typically by shutting down the
xmppdaemon.php process and all other daemons that you're running.
If you've got "monit" or "cron" automatically restarting your
daemons, make sure to turn that off, too.
4. Shut down SMS and email access to your site. The easy way to do
this is to comment out the line piping incoming email to your
maildaemon.php file, and running something like "newaliases".
5. Once all writing processes to your site are turned off, make a
final backup of the Web directory and database.
6. Move your StatusNet directory to a backup spot, like "statusnet.bak".
7. Unpack your StatusNet 0.9.9 tarball and move it to "statusnet" or
wherever your code used to be.
8. Copy the config.php file and the contents of the avatar/, background/,
file/, and local/ subdirectories from your old directory to your new
9. Copy htaccess.sample to .htaccess in the new directory. Change the
RewriteBase to use the correct path.
10. Rebuild the database.
NOTE: this step is destructive and cannot be
do it without a known-good backup!
If your database is at version 0.8.0 or higher in the 0.8.x line, you can run a
special upgrade script:
mysql -u<rootuser> -p<rootpassword> <database> db/08to09.sql
If you are upgrading from any 0.9.x version like 0.9.6, run this script:
mysql -u<rootuser> -p<rootpassword> <database> db/096to097.sql
Despite the name, it should work for any 0.9.x branch.
Otherwise, go to your StatusNet directory and AFTER YOU MAKE A
BACKUP run the rebuilddb.sh script like this:
./scripts/rebuilddb.sh rootuser rootpassword database db/statusnet.sql
Here, rootuser and rootpassword are the username and password for a
user who can drop and create databases as well as tables; typically
that's _not_ the user StatusNet runs as. Note that rebuilddb.sh drops
your database and rebuilds it; if there is an error you have no
database. Make sure you have a backup.
For PostgreSQL databases there is an equivalent, rebuilddb_psql.sh,
which operates slightly differently. Read the documentation in that
script before running it.
11. Use mysql or psql client to log into your database and make sure that
the notice, user, profile, subscription etc. tables are non-empty.
12. Turn back on the Web server, and check that things still work.
13. Turn back on XMPP bots and email maildaemon. Note that the XMPP
bots have changed since version 0.5; see above for details.
If you're upgrading from very old versions, you may want to look at
the fixup_* scripts in the scripts directories. These will store some
precooked data in the DB. All upgraders should check out the inboxes
options below.
NOTE: the database definition file, laconica.ini, has been renamed to
statusnet.ini (since this is the recommended database name). If you
have a line in your config.php pointing to the old name, you'll need
to update it.
NOTE: the 1.0.0 version of StatusNet changed the URLs for all admin
panels from /admin/* to /panel/*. This now allows the (popular)
username 'admin', but blocks the considerably less popular username
'panel'. If you have an existing user named 'panel', you should rename
them before upgrading.
Notice inboxes
Notice inboxes are now required. If you don't have inboxes enabled,
StatusNet will no longer run.
UTF-8 Database
StatusNet 0.7.4 introduced a fix for some incorrectly-stored
international characters ("UTF-8"). This fix is not
backwards-compatible; installations from before 0.7.4 will show
non-ASCII characters of old notices incorrectly. This section explains
what to do.
0. You can disable the new behaviour by setting the 'db''utf8' config
option to "false". You should only do this until you're ready to
convert your DB to the new format.
1. When you're ready to convert, you can run the fixup_utf8.php script
in the scripts/ subdirectory. If you've had the "new behaviour"
enabled (probably a good idea), you can give the ID of the first
"new" notice as a parameter, and only notices before that one will
be converted. Notices are converted in reverse chronological order,
so the most recent (and visible) ones will be converted first. The
script should work whether or not you have the 'db''utf8' config
option enabled.
2. When you're ready, set $config['db']['utf8'] to true, so that
new notices will be stored correctly.
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