Midgard Weekly Summary for 27th of October, 1999 (#21)

MWS for 27th of October, 1999 (#21)
Date: Thu, 28 Oct 1999 18:25:59 +0300 (EEST)
From: Henri Bergius <<a
href=”mailto:[email protected]”>[email protected]>


I’m now back from the US so we can try to catch up with what has
happened since the last MWS. There is very good stuff going on in
both the Midgard mailing list and in private discussions. It is
nice to see so many people interested in using and working on the

Current versions:
Stable: 1.2.4 (Mad King)
Devel.: 1.3

Midgard 1.2.4 released

Jukka released the latest stable version of Midgard on October
26th. Here is the release announcement:

Midgard 1.2.4 adds support for multiple Midgard databases in a
single Apache server. Support for URL address space management was
extended and better defaults for configuration directives was
added. Some access control bugs were fixed in the Midgard

Changes in this release:

– Now supports multiple Midgard databases
– MidgardDatabase can now be used many times
– MidgardUsername and MidgardPassword now only set the defaults
– You can use extra arguments to MidgardDatabase to set the
username and password
– MidgardEngine now works inside VirtualHosts and even
– MidgardRootfile now defaults to libexec/midgard-root.php3
– Structure of log messages is now clearer.
– Bug fixes in access control. Group membership is now handled

The semantics of the Midgard configuration directives have
changed a bit so it is advised that the mod_midgard documentation
(INSTALL and midgard.conf files) are checked before upgrading from
an earlier version. The changes are only minimal and should cause
no problems.

The release is available as both source and RPM formats from
Midgard’s Web site:

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

Russian version of Midgard

Alexander Bokovoy has announced that there is now a version of
Midgard in Russian language.

This version includes a translated Admin site and some
modifications to the Midgard 1.2.3 sources to allow the use of
Russian code pages.

The Russian Midgard 1.2.3 should be available soon and according
to Jukka the modifications will probably also be included into
future Midgard releases.

After the announcement of Russian Midgard we’ve received some
offers to translate Midgard to various other languages, and
hopefully this will be the beginning of the actual work on adding
the needed i18n and l10n features into Midgard. If there is
interest in working on this, let us know!


Midgard Workshop #2

The next Midgard Workshop will be held during January 2000 in
Karlskrona, Sweden.

Michael Ed ([email protected]) has offered
to arrange the next training event for Midgard. The event will
probably take place in January 22nd-23rd, and will concentrate
mostly on development labs, but we will also speak about Midgard’s
future there.

I’ll post more on this when the details are clearer. Before
that, Michael can be contacted for further information.

Improved host configuration

Emile has informed us of a very interesting way of configuring
Apache VirtualHosts. This would enable Midgard administrators to
add new hosts dynamically from the Admin site without needing to
change the actual Apache configuration files.

You can learn how to do it from Emile’s email to the Midgard
mailing list:


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 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]