Last night we migrated our Linode for Gamers With Jobs to a new Xen VPS and we've noticed a significant performance boost. We did, however, start encountering a random issue with segmentation faults in Apache. If you haven't seen this happen before, it tends to begin innocently with one Apache process dying, and therefore giving errors (usually WSOD), but quickly balloons into dozens of dead processes. It essentially hoses Apache.
Attached below are the slides for the April, 2009 ASU Drupal Users Group presentation I gave on maintaining sites using a combination of CVS (to checkout Drupal core and contrib modules) and Subversion (for backing up your site's code base and integrating with locally maintained modules and themes).
Here's a quick rundown of links mentioned in the presentation:
- 5 minute overview of Subversion (video)
- Subversion Handbook
- CVS Handbook
- CVS Deploy module for Drupal
Read on after the break for code samples.
Attached below are the slides for the March, 2009 ASU Drupal Users Group presentation I gave. The presentation contains info on the following topics:
For a project at work, we needed to be able to manage, and therefore search, large-scale taxonomies (10,000+ terms). Users needed to be able to search for term names, descriptions and synonyms, so I figured a module using the Drupal search API seemed to be the best bet for a solution. I dove in deep and came back up with Taxonomy Search 2.x.
Attached below are the slides I used for both the March and April ASU Drupal Users' Group presentations I did. The first was on Content Access and Workflows and discussed the setting up effective content creation workflows with corresponding access controls. The second covered an intro Content Creation Kit (CCK) and Views. See the lists below for modules / sites referenced in the presentations.
Content Access and Workflows presentation
Simple Workflow + Actions
I've just put the finishing touches on the 1.0 releases of the Signup Scheduler and Signup Status modules, which I've written about before. While they're both in just their initial release, I feel pretty good about their stability and utility. We've been using both modules in production on the IDEAL site, where users can register for professional development courses.
Now that I had a demonstrably working and functional web server going on my Linode (see Just got rolling with a VPS on Linode (Part 1)), it was time to get the rest of my toolkit on the box, setup users and secure the server a bit.
Installing Subversion and migrating repositories
Well, installing Subversion couldn't be any simpler:
apt-get install subversion
Login to old server and dump current repositories:
I took a few minutes this evening to whip up some TextMate snippets that I think will be useful for Drupal development. They're nothing fancy, and certainly not as ambitious as Steven Witten's kitchen sink approach, but I think it'll simplify one of the most repetitive tasks I usually find myself in when writing a new module.
Note: A large part of this is taken from Victor Kane's article on Awebfactory about setting up Drupal on a fresh Linode, but I've documented some other things here and did some things a little differently than he did, so I figured it'd be worth writing up a post on the process. I've kept the details thin here in places where Victor's notes are more than satisfactory, but I've made sure to note where that happens.
Update: Be sure to check out part 2 of this article, as well.
I've spent the last several months of my off-work hours plugging away at helping the folks over at Gamers With Jobs get rolling with an upgraded version of Drupal, and in the process we decided to move from a shared hosting environment to a place where we've got a lot more control over performance and site configuration. In the meantime, Victor Kane's article on getting Drupal up and running on a Linode came across my RSS reader and provided the kick in the pants I needed to really investigate it. I looked at several VPS options, but in the end Linode seemed to be the best. They offered a seven day money back guarantee, which honestly isn't much, but it was long enough for me to feel comfortable giving it a shot without being out sixty bucks, so I decided to try it out.