Midgard Weekly Summary for 19th of January, 2000

Date: Wed, 19 Jan 2000 22:27:07 +0200 (EET)
From: Henri Bergius [email protected]


First of all, I’m sorry about missing last week’s MWS. I had
already all the material collected, but then got caught up with
work matters so I didn’t have time to send it out. Because of that,
we have quite many things to mention this week.

Current versions:
Stable: 1.2.5 (Mad King)
Devel.: 1.2.6 prerelease

Midgard 1.2.6 progress

Work on the next Midgard 1.2.x series release, version 1.2.6 has
continued steadily. It seems that this release will introduce some
very important Midgard 2 features back to the older Midgard branch
as well as make many usability improvements to the administration

Alexander Bokovoy is managing the development of this release.
He is also making prereleases available on his site as the work
progresses. Currently it is expected that the release would be
feature-complete within two weeks when Alexander gets his new
XML-based replication utility Repligard integrated to the

If you are interested in helping out with testing or development
of this release, you can find the sources from Alexander’s

-> http://www.midgard.f2s.com

Access Control in Midgard

There seems to be quite much interest in how the access control
features of Midgard work in the current stable and the 2.x
branches, and what difference there is with these two

As a followup to a thread on security in Midgard, there is my
reply on the current access control options and Emile’s write-up on
the Midgard 2 ACLs available from Midgard’s mailing list


Updates on Midgard packages

As there seems to be increasing interest for Midgard from SuSE
Linux users, Malte Knoerr
([email protected]) has now announced that he will be
packaging Midgard for that platform. He hasn’t yet announced any
dates, but will try to get the packages available ASAP.

Also, there was an issue raised with Emile’s Midgard Monster
packages (a combination of Apache, Midgard and mod_ssl). The
package contains encryption software that is illegal to use within
the United States due to patent concerns.

To fix this problem, Emile has now uploaded a source RPM that
allows the package to be built against the RSAREF library.
Instructions for this are available from Midgard’s download site.
Now, if a Midgard user living within the US could make some
binaries from this package, I’m sure things would be easier for Web
developers living there.

-> http://www.midgard-project.org/article/1309.html

Midgard Hints & Tips updated

David Guerizec has now updated his ‘Midgard Hints & Tips’
column on Midgard’s Web site. The new article provides instructions
on how to share code between different Midgard hosts in an easy

As a reminder, David is always looking for useful code snippets
to add there, so if you have any available, be sure to contact

-> http://www.midgard-project.org/topic/265.html

SSLUG looking for speakers

Kristian Vilmann from the Skåne Sjælland Linux User
Group wrote in about the LinuxForum 2000 conference which they are
arranging together with the Danish UNIX User Group.

One of the topics they are planning to cover this year is
databases and Web, and they would like to include a Midgard

Everybody interested in giving a talk on the subject in either
Danish, Swedish or English should contact him directly.


Midgard and Oracle update

We mentioned a project on porting the database interface in
Midgard 1.2.x to support Oracle 8 databases month ago.

Now there is some information available on how things are
proceeding in that end. It seems that there are still some
unresolved issues left, but they expect to be able to make the
release sometime around February 15th.

You can find Jean-Pierre Arneodo’s update on the matter from
Midgard’s mailing list archives.


About Midgard

Midgard is a freely-available Web application development and
publishing platform based on the popular PHP scripting language. It
is an Open Source development project, giving you the freedom to
create your solutions in an open environment. Midgard is the tool
for creating, modifying and maintaining dynamic database-enabled
web services.

-> http://www.midgard-project.org

About MWS

The Midgard Weekly Summary is a newsletter for the Midgard user
and developer community.

The MWS is currently being distributed in following mediums:

-The Midgard Project’s Web site
-> http://www.midgard-project.org

-Linux Weekly News
-> http://www.lwn.net

-Linux Today
-> http://www.linuxtoday.com

-Linux Developer’s Network
-> http://linuxdev.net

-Open Source Writers Group
-> http://www.oswg.org

-Midgard mailing list

If you would like to release it elsewhere, please contact Henri
([email protected]).

Previous issues of Midgard Weekly Summary can be found archived
at the Midgard web site.
-> http://www.midgard-project.org/topic/169.html


— Henri Bergius — +358 40 525 1334 — [email protected]