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Thursday, May 15th

Greymatter weblog software version 1.8.2 is released

The latest version, 1.8.2 of the Greymatter software has been released. This can be downloaded from the Greymatter software download site. This version has the following changes:

* Bug fix where number of entries edited by author wasn't being updated (post increment).
* Bug fix where config screen wouldn't show changes:
* Updated to use for getting web parameters.
* SECURITY: Deprecated gm-upload.cgi, file no longer required, best to be removed.
* Wrote some automated test cases using
* NEW FEATURE: added label tag to configuration screen for accessability
* Bug fix where entry-only authors couldn't add a new entry:
Pete on 05.15.08 @ 03:48 PM GMT [link]

Friday, January 25th

New Greymatter Weblog software Version 1.8.1 released

The latest version of the Greymatter weblog software, version 1.8.1 has been released. This is the first major release of 2008. The 1.8.1 changes can be summarised as:

=== 1.8.1 ===
* NEW FEATURE: random salt used when encoding author passwords.
* NEW FEATURE: Bookmarklets available for everyone now, regardless of platform.
* Refactored screens: Configuration, Templates, Rebuild
* Bug fix of which addressed issue where new italicizing logic interferred with URLS
* BUG FIX: issue where a badly formatted banned ip would cause a regex parse error, use of quotemeta

The new version of available for download at my GreyMatter software download page

The best fix for me is the fact that the link quick button is back for this version, this helps me so much with posting.
Pete on 01.25.08 @ 02:01 PM GMT [link]

Tuesday, November 20th

Greymatter patch upgrade is released

An interim release of Greymatter weblog software at version has been released to fix issues with the easy formatting bugs. The software is available from my Greymatter weblog software download page.
Pete on 11.20.07 @ 11:07 AM GMT [link]

Sunday, October 21st

New version of Greymatter weblog software (1.7.4) is released

A new version of the Greymatter weblog software has been released yesterday. The announcement was made in the forums yesterday by Coldstone. I must especially thank Coldstone profusely here for all of his fantastic efforts on the GreyMatter weblog software that make it a viable blog platform to use. GreyMatter is improving hand over fist as time progresses.

The new version includes some new fixes and some new features. The new features mostly around security and comments include:

  • more information given in comment email
  • check that commenter came from a page on the Gm site
  • force commenters to preview page, enhanced to put a secret value on the page
  • throttle commments to slow down spammers
  • 'all' option on paging, for those who don't want to go page by page

This version also includes a number of fixes:

  • Fixed defect where comment email missing usefull information
  • Refactored admin screens: Entrylist, View Entry
  • Updated Edit Author screen so that option selections are preserved on an error
  • Updated gm.cgi to 'use strict', but not permanently
  • Applied fix to trailing whitespace in templates issue, posted by Carlos P
  • Applied fix for "Author Smartlink Target Template", discovered by stryker

Let the updating begin!!
Pete on 10.21.07 @ 07:56 PM GMT [link]

Wednesday, October 3rd

Old mods and old versions of GreyMatter

I have uploaded the old version 1.2.1b, 1.2.1.c and 1.2.1d versions of GreyMatter to my GreyMatter download page. The reasons to include old versions of GreyMatter on the download pages are two fold. The first is the the original GreyMatter forums site has gone along with all the old versions and mods, so its to make them available again. The second is that whilst most people will not need to install and run the old versions some people still do have them and for the developers its useful to be able to recreate issues on the same versions and also its useful for testing upgrades.

I have also added some old mods to my GreyMatter Mods page from the 1.2.1 era again for the same reasons as above.

Quite obviously don't install these old versions or mods for real production use now. Also don't try and apply old mods to current versions of GreyMatter.
Pete on 10.03.07 @ 01:35 PM GMT [link]

Wednesday, July 18th

test entry

test entry
Pete on 07.18.07 @ 10:47 PM GMT [link]

Thursday, July 5th

Greymatter 1.7.3 is released

The latest and greatest next release of Greymatter has been released a few days ago. Greymatter is the original weblogging and journal software originally written by Noah Grey and now maintained by a group of developers hosted out of the greymatter forums. It is written in Perl, doesnt need a database, supports most blogging features; comments, banning spam, feeds (RSS, RDF and Atom) and much more.

I have updated this and my other blogs to 1.7.3 and everything seems to be going well. A big thanks as always to Coldstone for his sterling efforts on this version. The new features and updates (from the forum) are:

WARNING: Default wonderland password now crypted, GM 1.7.4 will not allow plaintext passwords, see notice

Refactored gm.cgi to use new request routing logic (to prepare for admin overhaul)

NEW FEATURE: added 'pageing' to Control Panel Log. Pages are 100 lines.

NEW FEATURE: added 'pageing' to Ban List. Pages are 25 lines.

Fixed bug with poorly optimized sorting:


Refactored to use Gm_Security for url and form auths

Refactored out gm_formatentry to use Core methods (removing direct file access).

Refactored direct file access out of gm-karma.cgi

Refactored direct file acesss out of gm-comments.cgi

Search and Replace should now work for the Mood and Music fields

Fixed defect where 'index.' wasn't removed from home and archive links, broken in 1.6.1 - 1.7.2

Fixed issue where some screens had 'Content-type...' at top of.

Updated default templates to use cookie code, entry subjects as page titles, and smartemotions.

Refactored out direct emailing, into Core function

Removed 2000+ lines of deprecated code from gm-library.cgi

Discovered and documented tag Greymatter 1.7.3 is released

Discovered and documented tag 5th

Refactored screens to use CSS and Web functions: Cplog, Ban Ip, Login, front page, authors

Added localization logic functionality to enable translation, not fully propagated

Fixed defect where Preview Does Not Show Preview as Translated

Fixed defect when authors Preview an Entry and then attempt to post it or re-edit it, GM will report an error

Fixed defect where if could edit own entries, listed as 'no' instead of 'own' on edit authors page

Fixed defect where gm-comments.cgi doesn't check for entryid passed in from form

Fixed defect where entrymainbodyfirstwords and entrymorebodyfirstwords didn't work on search results or after commenting.


Fixed defect where Select All on edit entry, didn't select all if there was one item.
add issue to forums and link

Fixed defect where newlines break comments when previewing or doing commenter verification

Fixed defect in gm_DeleteAllSelectedComments where comments where only reduced by 1 on multi-delete of comments


Fixed defect in gm-comments.cgi where forceverify did not follow 'static' preference

Pete on 07.05.07 @ 10:33 PM GMT [link]