Using Slashcode on Dreamhost

software development

#1

I’ve been making relatively simple, static web pages since 1995.

However, I’m fed up with static text and would like to use a database backend from now on. The only dynamic sites I have created were Lotus Notes/Domino databases.

I am interested in using Slashcode, the base code used for http://slashdot.org, as the basis for my web site.

I downloaded the code from SourceForge, and read the installation instructions a little. I do not yet know much about Linux (though I have been messing around with it here and there since 1996, but not enough to do much), am inexperienced with coding CGI scripts, etc etc … basically, anything relevant to getting Slashcode to work :slight_smile: I have done some SQL databases for classes, and have about 3 years of Java experience, so I am fairly confident I’ll get the hang of it with a little work.

Judging fromt the installation giude at http://slashcode.com/docs/INSTALL.html , I am not sure if the Slashcode is compatible with the backend system in place at Dreamhost.

Does anyone have any idea if this is possible, and/or what I would need to do to get it running? The instructions tell me to do a number of things that (for good reason) Dreamhost restricts me from doing (such as modifying installations of MySQL, Apache, etc).

Any help would be GREATLY appreciated!

Jeremy


#2

This would all be possible using a DreamServer (dedicated server) from Dreamhost.

Slashcode will not run under any of the shared, Dreamhost plans as it makes a number of changes to the root setup and only runs off mod_perl which you won’t find supported on any shared hosting plan.

Wil

Web Developer
http://www.fbagroup.co.uk/


#3

Thanks for the tip …

I think $245 a month is going to be overkill for my personal web site that no one visits in the first place, though :slight_smile:

Well, there goes that idea, I guess.


#4

Well there are similar systems, that can run on shared hosting plans. Most of these are written in PHP, however. Have you looked at (I think I recall it being) PostNuke?

Cheers

Wil

Web Developer
http://www.fbagroup.co.uk/


#5

I have not in fact looked at PostNuke yet, though I have seen sites using it before.

Thanks for the tip. I’ll look into that next.


#6

phpnuke will run under our system as well, as well as several other php and perl systems which are like slashcode.

for starters, there’s phpSlash:
http://www.phpslash.org/

there are links to a bunch of slashcode-like packages at:
http://slashcode.com/slashalikes.shtml

as someone else mentioned, slashcode requires mod_perl, and is not supported on shared hosting plans. these other systems are generally lighter-weight, and will probably work better for a personal site.


#7

FWIW I am running postnuke successfully on DH, the installation was quite painless and it did not require much more work than when I have set it up on standalone systems. ttyl,

–chris


#8

I’m running phpNuke on a couple dreamhost hosted sites…
It’s an easy install… Just watch your file permissions…