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How the new gallery is coming along...

Date/Time Permalink: 04/18/06 05:54:49 am
Category: Site News

Visitors to my graphics gallery may find it down at any time during the next 24 hours. I'm ditching Coppermine for my own gallery system.

Coppermine really never was what I needed. It's too rigidly constructed along some unknown person's idea of what they want, is riddled with bugs and security problems, and about 80% of it's features are what I don't need. What I need runs more along the lines of simple one-file scripts like I found in grml Linux, specifically cthumb, igal, and jigl. I downloaded and tried jigl and it was the closest to what I wanted; however, I opted to simply write my own gallery generator instead. This, my own program, is in Bash with guest appearances from sed and awk, uses the same command-line invocations of Image Magick utilities that the other utilities use, and is a huge pain in the ass. I wouldn't recommend anybody including myself to use it. Instead, use one of the three fine utilities I link to here.

jigl's is the inspiration for my own gallery, which I have dubbed "PEGS" (Pete's Economical Gallery System). I don't code Perl, but I can read it, and jigl is one *excellently* written program, so clearly documented that even somebody who'd never programmed a day in their lives could follow it. After that, I figured "Why not do it myself?" Because this is a huge job (currently posted wallpapers: 328), I figured it would be easier if I just had my own code to deal with. I need to get it done, because more wallpapers have been piling up.

So I'm doing it myself. This has involved 2 16-hour hacking runs, but I have it knocked out. And going into day 3 of this project, I'm having it generate the gallery modules as I write this, and should have it all uploaded to server in a little while.

UPDATE: It is up and functional now as of 4/18/06, 1:15PM. I'll see about adding features later, but the bare bones gallery is up.

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