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» Drupal modules and other configuration

Wed, 06/11/2008 - 22:04

Drupal is such a pleasing piece of software.

Just a few days ago I found some very cool new (to me) hidden functionality. Additionally I’ve installed some more modules which I want others to be aware of.

available updates email notification

Let’s start with the “hidden” functionality: Drupal 6 incorporates some parts of a Drupal 5 module which notifies you about available updates (see /admin/reports/updates). Pretty easy to stay updated with that alone. But I thought I’d had to check that page frequently for new updates. Not so! Say hello to the tab “Settings” on the very page and insert your email address to stay updated via email. Satisfying and built-in… dumb me searches in vain for a module with that functionality…

Yet it brought my interest to other useful modules:

Logging and alerts

The Logging and alerts module gives you a way to send emails to an email address of your choice in case of errors etc. Pretty neat since I don’t want to lose time by regularly scanning my log entries…

Comment subscribe

Give your readers a way to stay up2date with comment threads by installing comment subscribe. You can check it out in the comment field below.

XML Sitemap

The latest unstable build of the XML Sitemap module is working with Drupal 6! Finally a simple way to notify google & co of updates and site content. Must have addon imo.


Actually this are three modules, some of which I’ve used since day one. Pathauto automatically creates URL aliases of node titles and taxnonomy names, just like on my site - no more meaningless URLs like /node/123. Yay! But with this module alone you could still visit those numeric URLs which is - SEO wise - not a good idea. Every unique side should have a unique URL on your page. This is were the Global redirect module comes into play. Just install it, no configuration needed.

The last module in this trio is Path Redirect, a recommended extension to the Pathauto module. It enables you to specify URL redirects on your website. E.g. when you change the title of one of your nodes pathauto can automatically create an updates URL and setup a moved permanently (header 301) redirection from the old URL to the new one. No dead ends from external pages anymore!

That’s it

Together with Mollom, Filter by Node Type, Get Content Type, Marksmarty and GeSHi this are all modules I use.

Do you use any modules I might want to check out?

» highlighted APT sources.list in nano

Tue, 04/10/2007 - 18:17

And here another syntax file for Nano. This time it highlights the /etc/apt/sources.list:

  1. ## syntax highlighting for /etc/apt/sources.list
  3. syntax "apt/sources.list" "sources\.list(\.old|~)?$"
  4. # component
  5. color brightmagenta "^deb(-src)? ((http|file|ftp):/[^ ]+|cdrom:\[[^\]]+\]/|cdrom:\[[a-zA-Z0-9\._-\(\) ]+\]/) [^ ]+ .+$"
  6. # distribution
  7. color brightred "^deb(-src)? ((http|file|ftp):/[^ ]+|cdrom:\[[^\]]+\]/|cdrom:\[[a-zA-Z0-9\._-\(\) ]+\]/) [^ ]+"
  8. # URI
  9. color brightgreen "(http|file|ftp):/[^ ]+"
  10. # cdroms
  11. # [^\]] does not work…
  12. color brightgreen "cdrom:\[[a-zA-Z0-9\._-\(\) ]+\]/"
  13. # deb / deb-src
  14. color cyan "^deb"
  15. color brightblue "^deb-src"
  16. # comments
  17. color brightyellow "#.*"

» Syntax Highlighting in Nano

Tue, 04/10/2007 - 17:14

When I’m messing around with config files on the command line my editor of choice is Nano. It’s simple, fast and pretty much straight forward. You don’t have to learn any commands and can use keyboard shortcuts just like in GUI programs.


Today I had a look on the project website and saw that there are tons of settings which I really missed before. Just have a look into your /etc/nanorc for a default config file with all settings and their default values. Here are those I like most:

  • smooth (scrolling)
  • autoindent
  • mouse (though I use it rarely)
  • smarthome
  • tabsize (8 is far to much, I love 4)
Syntax Highlighting

Yes! Nano supports syntax highlighting! And I never knew it, but heck - it’s never to late. Not for neat features like this one, though I really wonder why this is not activated by default…

In the aforementioned /etc/nanorc are already some default languages which just wait to be commented out. You might also want to have a look into /usr/share/nano, there are some languages you can include in your nanorc file with:

include “/usr/share/nano/html.nanorc”

Additionally I found some more languages on the gentoo wiki. And of course I’ll post any homebrew syntax files in my Snippets section.

my syntax highlighting files

» syntax highlighting for *.ini files in nano

Tue, 04/10/2007 - 17:01

Use the snippet below in your ~/.nanorc or /etc/nanorc file to highlight *.ini files like php.ini in Nano.

  1. # ini highlighting
  2. syntax "ini" "\.ini(\.old|~)?$"
  4. # values
  5. color brightred "=.*$"
  6. # equal sign
  7. color green "="
  8. # numbers
  9. color brightblue "-?[0-9\.]+\s*($|;)"
  10. # ON/OFF
  11. color brightmagenta "ON|OFF|On|Off|on|off\s*($|;)"
  12. # sections
  13. color brightcyan "^\s*\[.*\]"
  14. # keys
  15. color cyan "^\s*[a-zA-Z0-9_\.]+"
  16. # comments
  17. color brightyellow ";.*$"

» Setting up your MX1000 for Linux

Sat, 09/02/2006 - 21:15

After the scrolling wheel of my old Typhoon mouse went crazy (I think because of a loose contact) I bought a Logitech MX1000. A very nice mouse with superior surface detection which made a mouse pad unnecessary for me. If you’re in my position you have a mouse with tons of buttons and want to use them all. This is how I did it: