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Thalassa 0.3.00

Thu Mar 14 20:55:16 2024

Despite less than a month passed, it's time to announce another “major” release, 0.3.00, which is now available for downloading. This time, the list of changes since the previous version is relatively long.

There are three visible changes in functioning of the CGI program, and each of those actually


Thalassa 0.2.00

Sat Feb 24 14:21:51 2024

New “major” release, 0.2.00, is available. In this release, another token (nonce) is added to the CAPTCHA test procedure. For every successful test, the pair of the time and the nonce is stored on the server (for at least the time of test validity) disallowing to reuse the same CAPTCHA challenge for creating more than one session. Configuraton files of existing sites need to be slightly updated; hence the version number change. Also in this version:


Thalassa 0.1.20

Tue Feb 6 21:18:43 2024

New release, 0.1.20, has just been uploaded to the download page. In this version:

  • a new macro named %[listinfo:] added to the static content generator; see the documentation for details;
  • the CGI program now stores technical information such as IP address/port, session id and little else within the comment's source file headers when the comment is created and modified;
  • a framework for custom CGIs, named dullcgi, created (mostly out of the existing modules used by the thalcgi.cgi program); see the documentation page devoted to dullcgi;
    • the ytid.cgi CGI program, which has long been working at the Infoviolence site, is finally available, as one of the two dullcgi examples (see the thalassa/examples/ytid directory, and be sure to read the README file there);
  • in the Smoky template:
    • guestbook comment links made permanent;
    • custom error page added for error 403;
    • comment source text is now passed through the ltgt filter (which replaces the three active HTML chars with the respective HTML entities) before placing it within the textarea tag; well, this achieved by adding the appropriate calls to the ltgt macro;
    • added user-configurable files htaccess.ini (so that the user is able to decide if (s)he needs the .htaccess file to be generated at all, and what it must contain) and cgilocal.ini, intended for adding custom pages served by the CGI;
    • in the list of allowed tags, incorrect (non-existent) quote replaced with blockquote;
    • fixed some incorrect XHTML such as unclosed tags.

The drupal2fs (Drupal-to-FileSystem) program

Tue Sep 19 02:01:10 2023

I decided to give away the program I wrote to get my site out of its jail formed by several pieces of EOLed software. So, the program named drupal2fs is now available at the download page.

It is a single C source file, and the file contains everything I had about it, including the instruction how to build the program, its licensing status (well, it is public domain), etc.

Please don't expect much from it. I wrote the program to recover one particular site, and I never intended to make it anything more than just a single-use tool. It is highly unlikely to work with later versions of Drupal, and even for the Drupal 5.* it only recovers the texts of nodes and comments, and little else; see the large commentary text at the top of the source file for details.

Good luck to those who decide to try it.

Thalassa 0.1.10

Tue Aug 29 00:16:11 2023

Thalassa 0.1.10 has been published. In this update:

  • for the Thalassa CGI ini file, functions ifparent and parent added to the %[discuss:] macro;
  • the scriptpp library got fixes so as to compile under FreeBSD; hopefully, the whole thing will now compile under FreeBSD, and thanks to folks who reported the issue;
  • some minor improvements done to the Smoky template (e.g., on the “comment view” CGI page there's now a link to the comment's parent if the parent exists).

Thalassa 0.1.06

Sun Aug 13 17:57:36 2023

Thalassa 0.1.06 is available. In this update:

  • for the Thalassa CGI ini file, the %[cmtinfo:tags] accessor added;
  • some cosmetic improvements for the Smoky template;
  • in the text of the LICENSE, some English grammar fixed and some long lines made fit into the 75 column limit.

Thalassa 0.1.05

Wed Aug 2 02:46:42 2023

An updated source tarball, 0.1.05, uploaded. In this update:


Thalassa 0.1.01

Tue Jul 25 19:56:33 2023

Newer source tarball, 0.1.01, is available. This version contains a lot of fixes, most of them — to the Smoky template. I'm sorry folks, but comments almost didn't work in the version of Smoky included into the 0.1.00.

Fake Github pages

Mon Jul 24 21:56:12 2023

It took less than a day for some unknown shit-eaters to create a new account on GitHub pretending it is mine, and to put Thalassa sources there. So, now officially:

  1. I don't have any accounts at GitHub, GitLab and generally at any "free" repository hostings, as a matter of principle; I even refused a well-paid job once, solely because it was mandatory to use GitHub for doing that job;
  2. I don't have any accounts at centralized social media sites, at least under my real name; as of present, the only exception is YouTube, where I've got a "channel" that mirrors my videoblog devoted to information violence, but this has nothing to do with free software and, generally, with computer programming;
  3. I strongly discourage publishing of any of my code not only on these free repository hostings, but, generally, on any site that uses JavaScript, and, definitely, in absolutely no event will I do it on my own; hence, no copy of any of my code published anyhow on GitHub or any site resembling it will ever have anything to do with me, or have my approvement.

Well, formally this doesn't violate the license (from the other hand, impersonation violates existing law in many countries, but, well, I'm too lazy to call police). So, just keep in mind: if you see my code on GitHub, it is a thing I never approved.

Thalassa CMS source code made available

Sun Jul 23 20:41:00 2023

The very first Thalassa CMS source code snapshot is now available. A lot of features are still to be implemented, and perhaps there are tons of bugs and various flaws; it is really a doubtful idea to


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