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How to use Drupal 6 bookcat module with FNProgramvare BookCAT 10
Last edited on: 03/02/2013 - 19:42

When I originally developed my Drupal 6 bookcat module as a CMS website version of FNProgramvare's BookCAT product, it was aimed at BookCAT version 8. Since then Fredrik's BookCAT has gone through two further revisions, and during that process the database schema has changed. This has led to problems with my Drupal 6 module and as a consequence I've introduced a solution which circumvents the necessity to redevelop my work or have multiple versions of my own.

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Drupal Magcat Module
Last edited on: 03/02/2013 - 12:24

Welcome to the home page of the Magcat Drupal 6 Module - an add-on to my Bookcat Drupal 6 Module. Magcat is aimed primarily at those with magazine collections; out of the box, FNProgramvare's Bookcat does not lend itself to magazine collections, but by using the available custom fields, and by creating some new template pages in my Magcat module, it is a perfect fit! Laughing out loud

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Drupal 6 Magcat module: Alpha2 Release Notification
Last edited on: 03/02/2013 - 12:23

My magcat module for cataloguing magazines, which compliments my bookcat module (which is a dependency) has been promoted to alpha 2. To get the best use of the module you will need a copy of the MS Windows FNProgramvare's BookCAT product and create your MS Access databases there before importing into MySQL.

Follow the link above to download the latest version.

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Configuration for openSUSE 12.1, Drupal and Nginx
Last edited on: 24/12/2012 - 14:07

This tutorial is intended for those planning on removing Apache as their Drupal web server, and replacing it with the high performance NGINX product (pronounced Engine-X) on an openSUSE 12.1 platform. Note, this is using Nginx as the web server itself, and not as a reverse proxy as it is often used. Firstly, there is a need to install Nginx and PHP-FPM (the PHP FastCGI Process Manager).

Nginx is part of the openSUSE 12.1 distribution, but is not installed by default. The simplest way of installation is to go through the YaST software management screens.

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Drupal 7 - Form in a Block With Template File
Last edited on: 24/10/2012 - 16:00

I have been coming up against the same Drupal 7 requirement over and over recently - the need to have a form in a block with a separate template file I can pass over to the front-end guy to weave his magic. This is one of my easiest ever tutorials, and is really only here as an aide memoire for when I can't quite remember the exact syntax in say hook_theme or I can't remember which rendering functions I call in the template.

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Building a Home FreeNAS Server - Automatic CIFS SMB Connection over Wireless
Last edited on: 26/08/2012 - 17:09

The Dolphin client connection to the FreeNAS server highlighted in my earlier tutorial at Building-a-Home-FreeNAS-Server--Configuration is good for a quick-and-dirty connection to check everything looks ok. However, there are two shortcomings with this approach. Firstly, a manual intervention is required to effect the connection and awkward parameters and syntax need remembering, and secondly files will be copied locally before being executed.

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Building a Home FreeNAS Server - Copying Data From Linux HD
Last edited on: 10/08/2012 - 13:50

Once my FreeNAS server was up and running, I needed to get my existing data on to it. One possibility is copying over the LAN, but since most of my data is held on ext2 Linux had drives, it made sens to me to mount these drives in the FreeNAS server, and copy using the command line.

Here is an example on how to achieve it. I have chosen to copy the contents of a 400GB IDE HD which holds my MP3 music collection into the FreeNAS file store.

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Building a Home FreeNAS Server - Troubleshooting
Last edited on: 10/08/2012 - 12:31

The first time that I rebooted my completed FreeNAS server I was surprised to note it wouldn't boot. I got a diagnostic:

This is a FreeNAS data disk and can not boot system. System halted.

In fact this isn't a FreeNAS problem - it's a problem with the boot order of the PC which is set in the BIOS. This was a big surprise because I'd configured the BIOS to only boot from the USB memory stick. But that's not the entire story.

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Building a Home FreeNAS Server - Configuration
Last edited on: 09/08/2012 - 16:12

It's not my intention to duplicate all the configuration screens documented at FreeNAS, but the first thing you should do is lock down your server by setting the admin password by going to Account -> My Account -> Change Admin User

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Building a Home FreeNAS Server - FreeNAS Installation
Last edited on: 09/08/2012 - 10:09

As mentioned previously, I decided to go for the USB memory stick installation rather than the optical drive installation. To do this, download the latest .xz image from the FreeNAS website, and use the xzcat utility piped through dd to write to the memory stick. Note: Satisfy yourself first you know the USB memory stick's device. On my system it is /dev/sdb but in most instances would be /dev/sda. Get this wrong and you could wipe your system accidentally.

linux-2jex:/ # cd /tmp

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