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The site was down for a few hours. After some attempts at connecting to the server I decided to reboot it. I hope everything is back as it should be. If there’s something amiss, let me know. – Alex

Thanks for taking care of this, Alex. – DrewAdams

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I’ve been making some changes to the wiki engine, adding header, nav, and footer elements instead of using divs with classes. This means that some CSS files might break in unexpected ways. If you notice anything weird, please let me know by leaving a comment, here.

I also changed the default CSS to automatically pick the dark theme if your browser says it prefers the dark theme. – Alex Schroeder

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Sacha Chua wrote a blog post where she said: “I’d love to make all these wonderful posts and tutorials and videos more findable. Not just EmacsConf, but also the wonderful things that cross our radar in EmacsNews. I think the EmacsWiki could be a great way to do that. Imagine if people took the links from Emacs News and organized them under various topic pages (and maybe even in some kind of logical order) so that people could come across them… And when we start organizing the resources that are out there, we can map the things people want to learn (ooh! skill trees!) and then see where the missing pieces are.” – EmacsConf 2020: Emacs News Highlights and a wishlist

I’d love to see this as well! 😃 – Alex

Hear! Hear! - DrewAdams

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Prompted by @tarsius@ Who wants a new theme? Should we redesign the CSS? Do you want the old logo back?

Personally, I don’t care enough about the logo and I don’t want to spend too much time on CSS fiddling. And you can always switch themes on an individual basis on the CSS page. So I guess I’m looking for somebody who both feels strongly about and will take it upon themselves to do what Brian Burns did for us, years ago (got repo).

– Alex

I’m OK with whatever’s done.

Personally, I prefer the Classic CSS theme.

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As a fun little side project I’ve been involved in some Gemini-protocol wiki programming and therefore you can “enjoy” a transmogrified Emacs Wiki via with an appropriate Gemini client. There's a Gopher and Gemini client for Emacs called [ Elpher] that I like to use.

No web browser I know of has implemented the Gemini protocol. There are a bunch of other clients that you could use instead. Gemini Clients has a list.

One would think that eww is better suited for browsing Emacs Wiki via the web, but whenever I visit HTTPS sites using eww, I suffer a two or three second delay.

Anyway. Give Gemini a try, if you’re curious.

– Alex


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Emacs 27.1 was released on August 10, 2020!

It has a wide variety of new features, including:

  • Built-in support for arbitrary-size integers
  • Text shaping with HarfBuzz
  • Native support for JSON parsing
  • Better support for Cairo drawing
  • Portable dumping used instead of unexec
  • Support for XDG conventions for init files
  • Additional early-init initialization file
  • Built-in support for tab bar and tab-line
  • Support for resizing and rotating of images without ImageMagick

See the full list of user-visible changes in the NEWS file.

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And another problem. I was getting SSL errors every now and then, using Firefox. Calling openssl s_client did in fact say that it was expired:

depth=0 CN =
verify error:num=10:certificate has expired
notAfter=Jul 25 03:49:05 2020 GMT

But my ACME client disagreed:

Processing with alternative names:
 + Hook: Nothing to do...
 + Checking domain name(s) of existing cert... unchanged.
 + Checking expire date of existing cert...
 + Valid till Sep 26 03:48:59 2020 GMT (Longer than 30 days). Skipping renew!
 + Hook: Nothing to do...

Uhhhh… What?

Then I remembered… Restarting Apache fixed the issue.

I still don’t get it. I do a service apache2 reload when a new cert is deployed. But somehow that doesn’t work. I’ll switch to a restart. Hopefully that does it.

Anyway, I’m sorry if this caused you any issues.

– Alex

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I got two reports to day of people trying to edit Emacs Wiki pages who couldn’t save. Oops! The monitoring I have just checks whether the wiki itself is reachable, from the same server, and apparently that just kept on working. Let’s hope the restart fixed it.

Hah, apparently not! The problem was that I had decided some days ago that a 10s timeout was a good idea for the wiki. After 10s, the process is terminated. Sadly, if it was saving a page in those 10s, it would leave a lock behind. And before attempting to remove stale locks it would wait, you guessed it, more than 10s! Oh well…

If you run into this, don’t hesitate to contact me.

– Alex Schroeder

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