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The SWI-Prolog web-site

This repository contains the software of http://www.swi-prolog.org. The (wiki) content of the website and required add-ons are stored in git submodules. These must be installed separately using the command below. To install the site from scratch locally, perform the following commands:

  1. Downloading the site
    % git clone https://github.com/SWI-Prolog/plweb.git
    % cd plweb
    % git submodule update --init
  2. For a full installation, install the dynamic data. The .db files must be writeable by the server process.

    <dl> <dt>annotations.db</dt> <dd>Comments on web pages</dd> <dt>tags.db</dt> <dd>Tags on web pages</dd> <dt>openid.db</dt> <dd>User administration</dd> <dt>packs.db</dt> <dd>Known packages</dd> <dt>post.db</dt> <dd>News posts</dd> <dt>reviews.db</dt> <dd>Pack reviews</dd> <dt>download</dt> <dd>Points to the download directory</dd> </dl>

    Install the download descriptions by running the script install-custom

  3. Create directories for logging and pack mirrors. These directories must be writeable by the server and new directories created below must have the same permissions:
    % mkdir log pack
    % chgrp www-data log pack
    % chmod g+ws log pack

Running the site

After installation, the website may be started locally using the commands below. After that, you have access to the same content as available from http://www.swi-prolog.org, except for the download section of the website. The default port of the site is 3040, and therefore it may be accessed on http://localhost:3040/

% swipl -l load.pl
?- server.

Running as daemon using Ubuntu upstart

A good way to run the website on a Linux server is by creating a Linux container using lxc. After installing the server, you can enable it to start at boot time by copying upstart/swi-prolog.conf to `/etc/init` after editing it to suit your configuration requirements. By default, the server runs as user www-data, group www-data as specified in the above configuration file.

Make sure the following components are writeable to the server process. For files, this means mode 664, group www-data. For directories, this means mode 2775, group www-data.

  • log Write httpd.log and pack-warnings.log
  • pack Mirrors known packages. Will be populated as the server is started.
  • www: subdirectories and .txt files Needs to make the wiki pages editable. It is also wise to do this in a git branch. From the www directory, do:
    % git checkout master
    % git pull
    % git checkout -b wiki
    % find . -type d | xargs chmod 2775
    % find . -name '*.txt' | xargs chmod 664
    % chgrp -W www-data .
  • *.db

Issues with the locally running site

  • There is no download section (but that can't be a big issue)
  • If you want to use the login facility to play with the interactive aspects of the site, you need to
    1. Get a reCAPTCHA key-pair from Google
    2. Run (from a started server)
      ?- set_setting(recaptcha:public_key, 'public key goes here').
      ?- set_setting(recaptcha:private_key, 'private key goes here').
      ?- save_settings.
    3. Run the server from a port that is accessible from the public internet.
    4. Use an OpenID provider that is not too picky for your site. In our experience, Google is less picky than Yahoo.

Prolog files

annotation.pl  -- AnnotationShow source
api.plShow source
autocomplete.pl  -- SWI-Prolog website autocompletion supportShow source
blog.plShow source
changelog.plShow source
customise.plShow source
daemon.plShow source
did_you_know.pl  -- Interesting snippets about SWI-PrologShow source
download.plShow source
examples.plShow source
fastly.pl  -- Purge pages on our CDNShow source
footer.pl  -- FooterShow source
forum.plShow source
generics.pl  -- GenericsShow source
git_html.plShow source
gitweb.pl  -- Provide gitweb supportShow source
holidays.plShow source
http_cgi.pl  -- Run CGI scripts from the SWI-Prolog web-serverShow source
load.plShow source
make.plShow source
markdown.pl  -- Parse markdown documents into a DOMShow source
markitup.pl  -- Wrapper for markItUp ajax markup editorShow source
messages.pl  -- Run goals that produce messagesShow source
news.pl  -- News on the SWI-Prolog Web siteShow source
notify.pl  -- Send notications by E-mailShow source
object_support.pl  -- Object supportShow source
openid.pl  -- Handle users of the SWI-Prolog websiteShow source
create_user/1Create a new user for the given Google Profile.Source
login_existing_user/1True if the user is know to us and thus we can perform the login without further interaction.Source
authenticate/3Get authentication for editing wiki pages.Source
grant/2Grant/revoke User (a UUID) the right to access Token.Source
login_link/3Create a link to login, which returns to the current page.Source
redirect_master/1Redirect a request to the master server, so we do not have to deal with multiple versions of the database files.Source
revoke/2Grant/revoke User (a UUID) the right to access Token.Source
site_user/2Demand the user to be logged on and, if this is the first logon, verify the user and create a profile.Source
site_user_logged_in/1True when User is logged on.Source
user_profile_link/3Create a link to the profile of a user.Source
xrds_specified_location/2Hacks to deal with broken Yadis support.Source
pack.plShow source
pack_analyzer.pl  -- Analyse the content of a Prolog packShow source
pack_info.pl  -- Visual (web) components that show info about packsShow source
pack_mirror.pl  -- Mirror pack archivesShow source
page.plShow source
parms.plShow source
plweb.pl  -- Server for PlDoc wiki pages and SWI-Prolog websiteShow source
post.pl  -- PostsShow source
proxy.plShow source
rating.pl  -- Provide a star-rating widgetShow source
register.plShow source
review.pl  -- Handle rating and reviewing of packagesShow source
stats.pl  -- Server statistics componentsShow source
tagit.plShow source
test_recaptcha.plShow source
tests.plShow source
update.plShow source
watchdog.plShow source
wiki.plShow source
wiki_edit.pl  -- Edit PlDoc wiki pagesShow source