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# Oddmuse 6

This file is for the people wanting to download and install Oddmuse 6.

This is Oddmuse based on [Raku]( and

If you're a developer, see the [to do list](docs/

If you're curious, see the [feature list](docs/

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**Table of Contents**

- [Quickstart](#quickstart)
- [Development](#development)
- [Bugs](#bugs)
- [Test](#test)
- [Configuration](#configuration)
    - [Changes](#changes)
    - [Resources](#resources)
    - [Images and CSS](#images-and-css)
    - [Templates](#templates)
    - [Wiki](#wiki)
    - [Example: Changing the CSS](#example-changing-the-css)
    - [Spam Protection](#spam-protection)
- [Hosting Multiple Wikis](#hosting-multiple-wikis)
- [Docker](#docker)

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## Quickstart

Install Cro:

zef install --/test cro

Install Oddmuse 6:

zef install Oddmuse6

Create a new application by start with a stub and accepting all the

cro stub http test test

This creates a service called "test" in a directory called `test`. If
you accept all the defaults, you'll get a service doing HTTP 1.1. Good
enough for us!

Now edit `test/services.p6` and replace `use Routes` with `use

You can delete the `test/lib/Routes.pm6` which `cro stub` generated
for you.

Your default wiki directory is `test/wiki`, so we need to tell `cro`
to ignore it. If you don't, you'll confuse `cro` to no end as soon as
you start editing files! Add the following section to your in
`test/.cro.yml` file:

  - wiki/

Run it:

cd test
cro run

Check it out by visiting `http://localhost:20000`. Your wiki is ready!

Let's configure it by setting an environment variable. More on this
[below](#configuration). Replace the empty environment section in
`test/.cro.yml` with the following and restart `cro`:

  - name: ODDMUSE_MENU
    value: Home, Changes, About

And now you have a link to the *About* page. Follow the link and click
the *create it* link. Write the following into the text area and click
the *Save* button:

# About

This is my page.

Your first edit! 🎉

In order to make it public, you'll need to set two environment
variables. Each `cro` service gets to environment variables that
determine its *host* and its *port*. Their names depend on the name
you provided when you called `cro stub`. If you called it `test` like
I did in the example above, the two environment variables you need are
called `TEST_HOST` and `TEST_PORT`. Feel free to change them in
`service.p6` and `.cro.yml`, though.

## Development

Get the sources:

git clone

To run it, you need to install the dependencies:

cd oddmuse6
zef install --depsonly .

Then start the service:

cro run

This should start the wiki on http://localhost:20000/ and its data is
saved in the `wiki` directory.

## Bleeding Edge

If you installed a regular version of the wiki and now you want to
switch to the code in your working directory, use the following in
your working directory. It tests and installs the current version, and
its dependencies.

zef install --force-install .

## Bugs

🔥 When installing dependencies using `zef` as shown, you could be
running into an OpenSSL issue even if you have the correct development
libraries installed. On Debian, you need `libssl-dev` but apparently
versions 1.1.0f and 1.1.0g won't work. See
[issue #34](
You could decide to ignore SSL support and opt to have a web server
act as a proxy which provides SSL. That's what I intend to do. In
which case there is a terrible workaround available: run `zef install
--force-test IO::Socket::Async::SSL` before you `zef install

🔥 Every now and then I run into the error `This type (NQPMu) does not
support associative operations` while I'm working on the code. As it
turns out, `rm -rf lib/.precomp` solves this issue. You'll be doing
this a lot until
[issue #2294]( gets fixed.

🔥 When I ran into the error `Type check failed in binding $high;
expected Any but got Mu` when computing a `diff` I found [issue
#12]( for
`Algorithm::Diff`. It's supposed to be fixed, now. One way to work
around it is to check it out and install it from source:

git clone
cd Algorithm--Diff
zef install --force-install .

## Test

The `Makefile` has a `test` target. Use the `jobs` environment
variable to control how many jobs run in parallel. The default is 4.

jobs=1 make test

Running tests create test data directories (`test-nnnn`). This allows
us to run multiple tests in parallel. The directories are kept around
for developers to inspect in case something went wrong. Eventually,
you'll need to clean these up:

make clean

To run just one suite of tests:

make t/keep.t

This also shows you the data directory it uses:

Using test-1288

## Configuration

If you look at the `oddmuse/.cro.yml` file you'll find a section with
environment variables with which to configure the wiki.

Let's talk about these, first:

* `ODDMUSE_STORAGE` is the class handling your storage requirements.
  The default is `Storage::File` which stores everything in plain text
  files. We'd love to add more!

* `ODDMUSE_WIKI` is the location of your wiki. If you are using
  `Storage::File` (the default), then this refers to your wiki
  directory. Its default value is `wiki`. That's the same directory
  where this `` is.

* `ODDMUSE_MENU` is a comma separated list of pages for the main menu.
  The default is `Home, Changes, About`. That also means that none of
  the pages in the menu may contain a comma.

### Changes

One page name is special: viewing this page lists recent changes on
the wiki instead of showing the page itself. By default, this page is
called "Changes". It's name is stored in an environment variable:

- `ODDMUSE_CHANGES` is the page which acts as an alias for the
  `/changes` route. The default is `Changes`.

This means that you cannot edit the `Changes` page: it's content is
inaccessible as the automatic list of recent changes is displayed

Don't forget to change the `changes.sp6` template if you change the
name of this page.

Here's an example of how to have a page called "Updates":

1. Set the `ODDMUSE_MENU` environment variable to `Home, Updates,
   About`. This makes sure that "Updates" shows up in the menu.

2. Set the `ODDMUSE_CHANGES` environment variable to `Updates`. This
   makes sure that clicking on the link is the equivalent of visiting

3. Edit the `changes.sp6` template and replace occurences of "Changes"
   with "Updates" in the `title` element and the `h1` element such
   that there is no mismatch between the link and the title.

### Resources

The following variables point to directories used to server resources.


For images, css files and templates, this is how lookup works:

1. If an environment variable with the correct name exists, it's value
   is used as the directory. Since the `.cro.yml` file does
   that, you can simply run `cro run` and it should find all the

2. If no environment variable exists, the current working dir is
   checked for directories with the right names. If they exist, they
   are used. This is important when you run `raku -I lib service.pm6`
   directly, since that ignores the `.cro.yml` file.

3. If none of the above, the copies in the `resources` folder of the
   module itself are used, if you installed Oddmuse via `zef`.

As for the wiki directory: it is created if it doesn't exist. At that
point the `` page from the module's `resources` folder is
copied so that your wiki comes with at least one page. As this refers
to the `resources` folder, it only works if you installed Oddmuse via

### Images and CSS

Your website needs two directories for the static files:

* `ODDMUSE_IMAGES` is where `logo.png` is. This is used for the
  `favicon.ico`. Files from this directory are served as-is. You could
  use the logo image in your templates, for example.

* `ODDMUSE_CSS` is there `default.css` is. This is used by the default

These directories can be shared between various instances of the wiki.

### Templates

This is where the templates are. The templates use the
[Mustache]( format.

### Wiki

This is where the dynamic content of your wiki is. If you use the
`Storage::File` back end, it contains the following:

* `page` is where the current pages are saved
* `keep` is where older revisions of pages are kept
* `rc.log` is the log file

### Example: Changing the CSS

Here's a simple change to make:

mkdir css
cp resources/css/default.css css/
cat - << EOF >> css/default.css
body {
  background: black;
  color: green;
ODDMUSE_HOST=localhost ODDMUSE_PORT=8000 raku -I lib service.p6

This works because now we're not using `cro` to launch the process and
thus `.cro.yml` isn't being used and thus the environment defined in
that file isn't being used. That's why we had to provide our own host
and port, and that's why the modified `default.css` from the local
`css` directory is being used.

Taking it from here should be easy: the `templates` directory and the
`images` directory work just the same.

If you want these changes to take effect and you still want to `cro
run`, you need to make changes to the `.cro.yml` file.

### Spam Protection

There is currently a very simple protection scheme in place, using
three pieces of information in three environment variables:

1. `ODDMUSE_QUESTION` is a question
2. `ODDMUSE_ANSWER` are possible answers, comma separated
3. `ODDMUSE_SECRET` is a secret which can be stored in a cookie, which
   basically means you should only use alphanumeric ASCII characters:
   no spaces, nothing fancy

This is how it works: whenever somebody tries to save a page, we check
if they have answered the question. If they do, they'll have a cookie
holding the secret. If they don't we redirect them to a page where
they must answer the question. If they answer correctly, the cookie
with the secret is set and the page is saved.

As the secret is stored in the cookie, people have to answer the
question whenever they delete their cookies, or whenever they change

An example setup might use the following settings, for example:

ODDMUSE_QUESTION=Name a colour of the rainbow.
ODDMUSE_ANSWER=red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet

## Hosting Multiple Wikis

Create two empty wiki data directories:

mkdir wiki1 wiki2

Start the first wiki:

ODDMUSE_HOST=localhost ODDMUSE_PORT=9000 ODDMUSE_WIKI=wiki1 raku -Ilib service.p6

Start the second wiki:

ODDMUSE_HOST=localhost ODDMUSE_PORT=9001 ODDMUSE_WIKI=wiki2 raku -Ilib service.p6

Now you can visit both `http://localhost:9000/` and
`http://localhost:9001/` and you'll find two independent wikis.

## Docker

I'm not sure how you would go about building the docker image. Any
help is appreciated.

docker build -t edit .
docker run --rm -p 10000:10000 edit