Publ: Development Blog

News and updates about Publ

Tests removed from main site

Posted Sunday, March 3 at 4:29 PM (8 months ago)

I finally got my first contribution to Publ, which is really great, but it led to me finally realizing that putting the smoke tests for the software in the main site wasn’t so great. So the tests have been moved into the library itself, so they’re only really visible to people who are actually working on the code for Publ itself.

Eventually I’ll make a “features” section that demonstrates the features of Publ instead, since some of the tests were used (clumsily) for that purpose.

While I’m here, I figured I’d mention that the day job’s website is now running on Publ. Woo.

v0.3.18, now with better asset management!

Posted Wednesday, February 27 at 9:38 PM (9 months ago)

I’ve just released v0.3.18, with the following changes:

  • Add date grouping properties to entry
  • Add a pages property to view
  • Provide the current category object to the error handler
  • Support linking to non-image/non-entry local files
  • Added, then removed, some performance micro-optimizations that only caused problems

More details about the major changes below!

Update: I released a hotfix as 0.3.18.1 because there was a last-minute bug that snuck in while I was trying to silence a new pylint error. Oops.

v0.3.17

Posted Friday, February 22 at 5:01 PM (9 months ago)

Just some little fixes that I put in for the sake of the day job:

  • Fixed the way that get_view() et al parse the parameters, so now you can actually search for entry_type='' or entry_type_not=''
  • Fixed the sort order of recursive category.subcats

Publ v0.3.16

Posted Wednesday, February 20 at 9:45 PM (9 months ago)

Just another minor release of Publ! Mostly bugfixes. Here’s what’s new:

  • Fixed an issue with HTML <img> rewriting with non-lowercase attribute names
  • Fixed a bug with missing entries causing Publ to die when it tried to remove them from the index
  • Added category.root
  • Some code cleanups, especially removing some unneeded backwards compatibility shims for unsupported versions of Python
  • Redirect-To will now resolve link targets

Relatedly to category.root, I’d neglected to add category.breadcrumb to the manual when that functionality went in, and I’ve also added some usage examples, including something useful for fancy navigation bars.

An early-alpha Movable Type importer

Posted Wednesday, February 20 at 3:42 PM (9 months ago)

For those folks who want to import their content from Movable Type over to Publ, I’ve finally gotten around to writing an importer. Currently it only attempts to convert entry content and category metadata, and only using SQLite-formatted database dumps.

See its README.md for the (incredibly rough) usage instructions.

Eventually I want to try to automatically convert templates from MT’s scripting language to Jinja-Publ templates, although there’s a bunch of stuff that’s going to be difficult to port across and a lot of stuff is just plain not feasible to even try, so don’t expect that to become a major thing any time soon.

v0.3.15 Released (finally!)

Posted Wednesday, February 13 at 6:20 PM (9 months ago)

It’s been a while since I’ve had a chance to work on Publ, but the great thing is that I actually had a reason to work on it for my day job. Which is to say I’m finally being paid to work on Publ. ;)

Changes since 0.3.14:

  • Add requirement for Arrow 0.13.0 (issue 41)
  • Fix a dumb tpyo that was the cause of issue 158
  • Don’t rewrite DRAFT files; fixes 137
  • Move sample-site files back to the library repo rather than in the doc repo
  • Fix the way we map malformed category URLs (issue 156)
  • Update upstream library versions
  • Move version number to publ module
  • Allow empty slug-text in entry route (fixes 161)
  • Process HTML entries, to finally handle issues 136 and 154.

Some more information about that last one under the cut!

Pushl v0.1.7

Posted Monday, January 14 at 9:28 PM (10 months ago)

I ended up doing some more work on Pushl and have now released v0.1.7. The major changes:

  • Did a bunch of refactoring to make the code a little cleaner and handle configuration more appropriately
  • Added a configurable timeout for connections (which now defaults to 15)
  • Added a --version option on the command line arguments

Also, some suggested usage ideas below the cut!

Pushl v0.1.6 released

Posted Sunday, January 13 at 8:48 PM (10 months ago)

It’s been a while since I’ve updated Pushl but today I released v0.1.6. It includes the following fixes:

  • Now it supports Pingback as well as Webmention
  • Improved the threading defaults and connection pooling
  • Also checks entries for updates even if the feed didn’t change (in case something changed in the more text or page metadata or whatever)

Anyway, it should just be a pip install --upgrade pushl (or pipenv update) away.

v0.3.14 (happy π release)

Posted Tuesday, January 8 at 11:57 PM (10 months ago)

Version 0.3.14 of Publ is now released!

This update is mostly about image stuff:

  • Fixed a subtle caching bug that affects sites accessible from multiple URLs
  • Fixed the way that size-clamping (max_width et al) work on remote and static images
  • Enable JPEG optimization in the image renderer
  • Add the ability to link to local rendered images in a Markdown link

Also, if you’re using Publ and hosting your repository on GitHub you may have gotten a security warning regarding the version of pyyaml that Publ depends on. Don’t worry, Publ doesn’t actually use the vulnerable code (it’s actually pulled in by one of the utility scripts from the watchdog library, and not used by watchdog itself). Watchdog has an open issue about this and they’re on track to fix it Real Soon Now.

In the future Publ may actually pull in pyyaml itself for the friends-only functionality, but when it does you can be sure it’ll be a current version. :)

Pushl v0.1.5

Posted Saturday, December 22 at 1:35 AM (11 months ago)

While I’m fixing random stuff in Publ, I figured I’d finally fix some problems with Pushl too. Nothing major here, just:

  • Stability: Fixed a bug where feeds that don’t declare links caused the worker to die before entries got processed
  • Performance: Now we use a global connection pool (so connections can be reused)
  • Fixed a minor correctness issue with archive feeds (which actually doesn’t make any difference in the real world but whatever)

v0.3.13 (spoooooky)

Posted Friday, December 21 at 11:29 PM (11 months ago)

Happy solstice! I seem to be finding lots of stuff to fix and improve these days. Huh.

Changes since v0.3.12:

  • Fixed a date display issue on databases other than SQLite
  • Fixed an issue where markup was being emitted in the <og:title> element for OpenGraph cards
  • Fixed a bug which prevented entry files from being moved (a side-effect of the Windows compatibility fixes)
  • Added the ability to override title sort
  • Also added the ability to use anchors on resolved entry links

Embedding webmention.io pings on your site

Posted Thursday, December 20 at 11:14 PM (11 months ago)

Are you using webmention.io as your webmention endpoint? Want to get your incoming webmentions displayed on your website?

Well you’re in luck, I wrote a simple-ish script for that. (You’ll probably also want to see the accompanying stylesheet too.) And it doesn’t even require that you use Publ – it should work with any CMS, static or dynamic. The only requirement is that you use either webmention.io or something that has a similar enough retrieval API.

I wrote more about it on my blog, where you can also see it in use. For now, I’m just going to use the sample site repository to manage it (and issues against it).

It’s MIT-licensed, so feel free to use it wherever and however you want and to modify it for your needs. I might improve it down the road but for now it’s mostly just a quick itch-scratching hack that does things the way I want it to.

v0.3.12: now we do Windows

Posted Sunday, December 16 at 11:36 PM (11 months ago)

Big news: I finally fixed a long-standing issue, where Publ wouldn’t work on Windows due to how Windows uses a different path separator from every other OS on the planet.

(Okay, to be fair, macOS technically does too; internally it has a path separator of : instead of /. But the POSIX API transparently hides that.)

Anyway, I’ve updated the getting started guide accordingly, and now it shouldn’t be any more inconvenient to build Publ sites from a Windows machine as from Linux or macOS.

Also a few other smol bug fixes, like max_width now works correctly on remote images where width isn’t specified.

I’ve also added a bunch more deployment HOWTOs although they’re in a very rough state right now. As always, I welcome assistance in this regard.

Below the cut, some more thoughts on federated identity.

v0.3.11

Posted Saturday, December 15 at 1:08 AM (11 months ago)

v0.3.11 is now released, with the following changes:

  • A more complete fix for how to handle image sets and inline images with respect to paragraphs
  • Better cleanup for spurious empty paragraphs
  • Improved internal entry link handling

Detailed descriptions of the changes are below.

v0.3.10 released

Posted Monday, December 10 at 8:37 PM (11 months ago)

Just some bug fixes with view caching and image handling; in particular, remote and static images will now respect max_width and max_height for the sizing, and I fixed the way that inline images work (insofar as now inline images can work).

v0.3.9 Released

Posted Wednesday, November 28 at 3:33 PM (a year ago)

This entry marks the release of Publ v0.3.9. It has the following changes:

  • Added more_text and related functionality to image sets (an example being visible over here)
  • Improved and simplified the caching behavior (fixing some fiddly cases around how ETags and last-modified worked, or rather didn’t)

I also made, and then soon reverted, a change around how entry IDs and publish dates were automatically assigned to non-published entries. I thought it was going to simplify some workflow things but it only complicated the code and added more corner cases to deal with, all for something that doesn’t actually address the use case I was worried about. So never mind on that.

(What happened to v0.3.8? I goofed and forgot to merge the completed more_text et al changes into my build system first. Oops.)

See below for more on the caching changes.

Pushl v0.1.3, and a FeedOnFeeds update!

Posted Wednesday, November 28 at 1:18 AM (a year ago)

I just released Pushl v0.1.3, which adds some minor performance optimizations and a bug fix.

Originally I was hoping to have a major performance optimization, in the form of having rewritten Pushl from thread-per-connection to async operation, but unfortunately I ran into a bunch of problems with it. Mostly that I was running into a “too many open files” error and I couldn’t figure out what was causing a descriptor leak. I have the work-in-progress branch online if anyone wants to take a look at it.

Anyway, the reason I went down this route is because I added WebSub subscriber support to my fork of Feed-On-Feeds, which makes it so that WebSub-enabled RSS and Atom feeds will push their updates to your reader instead of having to wait for a polling interval.

You can read more about some of my other thoughts on a blog entry that quickly devolves into a rant, if you’re so inclined.

v0.3.7 released

Posted Wednesday, October 24 at 12:59 PM (a year ago)

I’ve released v0.3.7, which just fixes a few issues around transaction management and overall indexing performance. Namely:

  • The indexer locks individual entries as it’s working on them
  • If an entry is being worked on, watchdog will ignore it
  • Cleaned up a couple of transaction failures that can occur due to PonyORM’s optimistic locking behavior

Publ v0.3.6 released (minor update)

Posted Saturday, October 13 at 3:01 PM (a year ago)

I just released v0.3.6 of Publ, which just allows it to work with databases other than SQLite. In particular this is part of testing more advanced heroku deployment options.

Right now I’m primarily focusing on improving the documentation, especially the quickstart guide, since people are finally showing interest in Publ but aren’t quite sure where to begin!

v0.3.5 released, and sample templates updated

Posted Friday, October 12 at 3:01 PM (a year ago)

I’ve now released v0.3.5 of Publ. Changelog:

  • Add support for listing deleted entries (accessible via view.deleted)
  • Improved how the last-modified/etag reference was determined (also fixing a nasty bug where a site might crash if a file is deleted)
  • Fixed a minor shaping bug

I’ve also updated the sample site templates with all of the changes that have happened since, uh, June, and also included some sample content so it’s easier to get started with it.