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[seul-edu] Seul Index Fields?


Looking at the FreeDuc database, it appears that they have the following
(I've added a possible MySQL datatype)

1) Name		char(255)
2) Description 	char(255)
3) Author 		char(255)
4) Time		timestamp(11)
5) HomepageURL	char(255)

Then to categorize each entry we should add a few category fields (as many
as required, perhaps up to 5 or so..?)

6) Cat1	char(255)
7) Cat2	char(255)
etc., etc.

What more is required? (Remembering that someone has to enter this
information.... so lets keep it short.)


The current index data is stored in the WIKI in a simple HTML file? Yes/No?

Les Richardson

At 03:51 PM 7/24/01 -0400, you wrote:
>On Tue, Jul 24, 2001 at 03:00:18PM -0400, Doug Loss wrote:
>> Or Zope, which is already running on SEUL.  I have no problem with any of
>> these.  It's just that the responsibility for keeping all this up-to-date
>> has fallen my way, and I don't have the time to set all this up and
>> transfer the info we have to it.  If someone will step forward to do so,
>> we'll happily move to a database-driven software listing.  (Incidentally,
>> this has been proposed more than once before, and the people who agreed to
>> do the work didn't follow through; so you can see where I may be a bit
>> jaundiced about the whole thing.)  If we can do this nicely and get the
>> information transferred cleanly, I'm all for it.
>I agree that we should do the db approach if we can -- but I don't
>have the time to volunteer to make it work. The wiki approach that Doug
>is taking feels like it's decades out of date -- once people invented
>databases and scripts and could automatically rebuild a spiffy-looking
>page, they stopped updating things by hand -- precisely because of things
>like the multiple-ways-to-index-things problem.
>Two notes:
>a) If you choose Zope, it's easily possible that I will refuse to host it.
>The current wiki is buggy and bad for belegost's health -- it frequently
>has runaway processes that grow to take over the machine. So as I move
>services from belegost to moria, I probably will *not* move Zope/wiki.
>b) Take a look at the freeduc database. http://www.ofset.org/freeduc/
>and http://cvs.sourceforge.net/cgi-bin/viewcvs.cgi/ofset/catalog/ 
>I would advocate just using ofset's freeduc database and not keeping
>our own list of educational software for Linux, except they only list
>the DFSG-free packages, whereas seul/edu wants to list a broader variety
>of packages.  (Please don't start a thread about the preceding sentence,
>unless you actually have new content since the last thread.)
>But certainly we can use their catalog code, and improve it as necessary.
>Does it look like something that could be adapted (or simply used)
>to do what we want?