Posted Wednesday, February 12 at 12:47 AM (2 weeks ago)
Not much to say about this, just a handful of performance tweaks and bug fixes:
- Improved caching behavior around URL parameters
- Allow configuring the maximum image render threads
- Fixed an exception when trying to extract an OpenGraph card from an empty entry
- Improve entry ID conflict reconciliation
- Force absolute image URLs in OpenGraph tags
Posted Tuesday, February 4 at 5:40 PM (2 weeks ago)
Today I released v0.5.14 of Publ, which has a bunch of improvements:
- Fixed a bug in card retrieval when there’s no summary
- Admin panel works again
- Markdown entry headings now get individual permalinks (the presentation of which can be templated)
- Markdown entry headings can be extracted into an outline to be used for a table of contents
- Lots of performance improvements around ToC and footnote extraction, and template API functions in general
Posted Tuesday, January 7 at 12:25 AM (2 months ago)
Progress being made, although not much of it has been in service of my intended v0.6 milestone. At some point I’m going to have to bite the bullet and actually start writing some automated tests.
- Applied the
no_smartquotes API change to
- Consolidated and cleaned up OpenGraph card parsing to make it consistent across Markdown and HTML entries, and fixing a few Markdown-specific bugs
- Refactored the image rendition pipeline to make it more extensible/testable/clean (and also fixed a caching issue with palette quantization)
- Added the ability to select scaling algorithm on a per-image basis
- Cleaned up entry deletion and reindexing
- Improved the testing of
- Removed a short-term performance hack on the authentication dashboard
Also, as of now, I run a live version of the Publ integration tests, although it’s currently only manually-updated.
Update: And as if to hammer home the point regarding automated testing, I had to release 0.5.13.1 because, wellp, released with a site-breaking bug in the new card parser… Sigh.
Posted Tuesday, December 31 at 12:02 AM (2 months ago)
Today I got a fire lit under me and decided to do a bunch of bug fixing and general performance improvements.
Changes since v0.5.11:
- Fixed a micro-optimization which was causing some pretty bad cache problems (I really should write a blog entry about this but tl;dr micro-optimizations are usually bugs in disguise)
- Fixed an issue which was causing the page render cache to not actually activate most of the time (you know there’s going to be a ramble about this below…)
- Fixed a bunch of spurious log meessages about nested transactions
- Refactored the way that
markup=False works, making it available from all Markdown/HTML contexts
no_smartquotes is retained for template compatibility) (although I missed this on
entry.title; I’ve already committed a fix for the next version)
- Improve the way that the page render cache interacts with templates
- Fixed an issue where changing a template might cause issues to occur until the cache expires
Posted Saturday, December 14 at 2:24 PM (2 months ago)
Some fresh new versions of things.
Changes to Publ:
- Massive improvements to how footnotes are handled; now they get their own virtual section (so if you’re currently using footnotes you’ll need to update your templates!)1
- Various performance improvements:
- Some internal caching on image rendition stuff
- Reduce contention in the content indexer (to hopefully make large sites more responsive on restart)
- Minor optimizations to
config.secret_key; now this should be configured on the application object per Flask standards
- Allow HTML attributes other than
src to contain image renditions
- Improve WebFinger support
Posted Tuesday, December 3 at 11:28 PM (2 months ago)
Double-whammy release today.
Posted Sunday, December 1 at 9:10 PM (2 months ago)
I’ve released a new version of Pushl.
Changes since the last version:
- Added support for tracking entry URL changes
- Finally got around to adding type annotations and static analysis
Posted Wednesday, November 27 at 9:13 PM (3 months ago)
Publ v0.5.10 is now available. The following has changed since v0.5.9:
- Image sets will generate fullsize renditions (and their links) for images which were skipped, so they will still appear in the lightbox
- Footnotes now get rolled up into the
entry.more (with some caveats), and also get stable permalinks for their references1
- You can now annotate an HTML attribute with
I’ve also made a bunch of changes to the sample templates.
Posted Thursday, November 7 at 12:03 PM (3 months ago)
Publ v0.5.9 is now out. Just a couple of bugfixes in this one:
- Login pages now properly redirect to https again (after that was broken due to some of the recent auth-related changes)
view.range works correctly again, as does everything else that relied on
len() on parameter-optional properties (e.g.
Posted Wednesday, October 30 at 7:11 PM (4 months ago)
So, both Publ and Authl had a pretty naïve issue with the identity verification step of the IndieAuth flow; it simply accepted whatever the authorization endpoint said the user’s identity was. This made it very simple to spoof one’s identity and log in as anyone on any Publ or Authl site.
Authl 0.3.1 fixes the problem with the IndieAuth login flow, and Publ 0.5.8 fixes the problem with the Bearer token flow.
Posted Tuesday, October 29 at 9:38 PM (4 months ago)
There is only one feature for this new release of Publ, but it’s a big one – there is (theoretical) support for AutoAuth! That’s right, deploy this version and people should be able to magically log on to your website using unattended IndieAuth providers.
Unfortunately, there aren’t any tools that I know of which actually support this mode of operation; all testing has been manual and In Theory.
Fortunately, if someone does want to test AutoAuth (or IndieAuth Bearer authentication in general), you can test it out on this site! You can use this entry as an individual entry, and this category or this feed to see how well it works with the “partial public” path.
Also, this page will tell you all sorts of useful information about the current user (if any).
And I’d might as well use this opportunity to show off the admin dashboard – just sign in as the user
test:admin to see how it looks.
EDIT: It looks like there’s a problem with third-party auth due to the way that Heroku works. I should have anticipated this. Third-party auth is temporarily disabled for now. (But this doesn’t affect
AutoAuth at least!)
Posted Friday, October 25 at 10:45 PM (4 months ago)
Oops, I’d been sitting on a bunch of bugfixes for a month, which I didn’t notice until I put in another bugfix tonight.
Changes since v0.5.5:
- Fix title sanitization
- Handle category.name with the same formatting options as entry.title
- Replace hand-rolled atomic file operations with atomicwrites
link_class to image renditions
- Fix automatic
alt generation for external images
- Simplify the way entry URLs are canonicized
- Fix some bitrot in older tests
Posted Thursday, October 3 at 1:49 AM (4 months ago)
I have now released Pushl v0.2.12. The following is new:
- It now respects
rel="self" when determining which URL to send a WebSub ping for
- You can now send self-pings using the
- Miscellaneous code cleanups
Posted Monday, September 23 at 5:51 PM (5 months ago)
Howdy y'all! Here’s a new release of Publ for you.
What’s new in this version:
- Add the ability to filter by multiple categories, and also to filter out categories as well
- Various code cleanups, especially around the query generator
Also the unannounced v0.5.4 release was to fix some stuff that broke due to an upstream Arrow change (specifically dealing with them removing an API that I was using to suppress warnings for a different upstream change that I’d already handled).
I should also mention that I’ve updated the beesbuzz.biz template samples to improve IndieWeb and ActivityPub compatibility. (Publ still doesn’t support ActivityPub itself but these changes make it interoperate with Bridgy Fed a bit better.)
On a meta note, I’ve left the microbiology lab I was at; I hope they continue to use Publ, of course! Over the next little while I’m going to spend some more time working on my own things again (including Publ et al), but I’ve also had some interesting job interviews with one of them seeming very likely to turn into an offer. Wish me luck, if you’re into that sort of thing! (And of course, follow my blog for the primary source of this stuff.)
Posted Monday, September 23 at 9:33 AM (5 months ago)
In trying to fix what looked like a bug in Pushl (which turned out to be a bug in one of the services I was pinging), I did a bunch of much-needed code cleanup and refactoring.
I also added the ability to ping the Internet Archive Wayback Machine for outgoing links if the target has changed (relative to the usual
Pushl will now also log warnings for two useful situations:
- An outgoing link generates a 400-class error (403/404/410/etc.)
- An outgoing webmention has a different canonical URL than what’s being pinged (improved since v0.2.8)
The way it handles canonical URLs is also now improved; if a page has
<link rel="canonical"> it will use that, otherwise it will use the final URL that is the result of chasing redirects.
Posted Monday, August 26 at 3:35 PM (6 months ago)
I’ve released updates to both Publ and Authl.
On the Authl side:
- Code quality and documentation improvements
- Add an asynchronous client-side lookup thing that tells users how their login will proceed
- Add the redirection target to
disposition.Error so that can be preserved correctly
- Update the Flask wrapper to use
- Let the application know the redirection target in
On the Publ side:
- If the site is configured to force HTTPS in authentication, force the cookie to be HTTPS-only
- If a user is already logged in, make the login handler redirect them to their destination
- Improved build scripts to make it less convenient to accidentally push a build from the wrong branch or version
These changes help to keep sites more secure from eavesdroppers, while also hopefully improving the user experience!
Posted Wednesday, August 21 at 10:21 PM (6 months ago)
I’ve released v0.2.8 of Pushl, which fixes an issue with Webmention and Pingback where it was over-optimistically setting the link target. It will also warn you if the link target doesn’t match with the actual page, so you can update your links accordingly.
Right now it’s a little spammy (in that it’ll tell you about redirection mismatches for all links, not just ones with a Webmention or Pingback endpoint), but the next version will address that.
Posted Monday, August 12 at 5:25 PM (6 months ago)
Around a month ago a bunch of my webmention stuff broke on my site, and I just figured out what was causing it. Pushl was getting confused by the fact that I had multiple feeds which provided the same content, and some of them were in a no-webmentions context. The no-webmentions ones were getting processed first, which was preventing the webmention-context versions from actually being processed.
So, I fixed this bug by making the context part of what dedupes the actions.
Every time I work on Pushl I feel like it could use a major rewrite, incidentally. This is one of those times.
Posted Saturday, August 10 at 2:04 AM (6 months ago)
Oh gosh I seem to be on a roll with these updates again. Here’s what changed in Publ:
- Fixed a silly bug in the admin dashboard renderer which made it not work in production mode
- Make the admin log only record the most recent access per user per entry, making it way more useful
- Make the logout operation happen via POST method rather than GET, fixing a problem with browser prefetching; added a
logout.html template to support that. (Also made the default
unauthorized.html use Authl’s default CSS.)
- Actually make
entry.authorized available, rather than just documented. Also gave it a better name while I was at it.
view.entries can now take an optional argument for inlining unauthorized entries, improving its usage within feeds.
view.unauthorized can now take an optional argument for limiting the unauthorized view count, which helps performance and makes it a bit more predictable
- Images now provide their filename as the default alt text, which is arguably better for accessibility than just leaving it a blank string. I am willing to change my mind on this, however.
- Cleaned up the code around
category.subcats(recurse=True) and also added some actual tests for the sort ordering. They pass.
And the Authl changes (which were actually released before Publ 0.5.0 but I didn’t bother announcing them until I had them tested “in the wild”):
- Changed to using packaged data for templates
- Made the login page CSS available through
- Removed the spurious precision from the email message template
Anyway, I of course updated the sample beesbuzz.biz templates to reflect the new functionality.
Wow, Publ’s feeling like it’s actually kinda pretty good at stuff now. I hope someone else ever wants to actually, like, use it or something.
Posted Thursday, August 8 at 3:24 PM (6 months ago)
I figured there wasn’t really any reason to keep waiting. So here we are.
Changes since v0.4.6:
- Improve the performance and stability of the admin dashboard
- Correctly fall back to the internal Authl templates
- Remove some spurious/empty attributes from image tags
- Don’t cache template mappings forever
- Don’t mark an entry title as being markup if its markup is disabled
- Correctly set the default entry recursion for
- Disable an arrow warning for a future change
In other news, over on my main website I have successfully migrated my comments over to Isso, which is a nice self-hosted alternative to Disqus that does a much better job of handling privacy in particular, as well as providing a simpler UX that doesn’t try to get in your face about everything. If you want to read more about how I made that change, read the several blog entries starting with “Moving away from Disqus,” and also look at the sample templates to see the actual implementation.
May your private entries remain exclusive, and your public entries be brilliant.
UPDATE: Someday I’ll learn to use and test rc builds before making an actual public release. Oops.