Saturday, January 06, 2007

Vanilla Forums... so sweet, so tasty

Vanilla is a forum engine that is simply beautiful. It is not clunky. It seems straightforward. It seems very extensible. It rocks. And I am hoping it will make one sweet foundation for our community forums at the igem2.0 website.

Anyway, after reading a bunch of the information at, I downloaded and installed MySQL 5.0.27 and enabled the PHP module in apache. There was a some confusion in all the documentation I was following as to how to set the mysql socket to the right location... apparently the binary I installed from (for Mac OS X 10.4 (x86)) sets the socket to /tmp/mysql.sock, but PHP expects it to be at /var/mysql/mysql.sock. Two Apple docs here and here indicate that /var/mysql/mysql.sock is better for security purposes, so I attempted to change the MySQL defaults to move the socket by making a MySQL configuration file at /etc/my.cnf that contained

Unfortunately, this didn't quite fix things immediately, but with some very non-scientific, uncontrolled fiddling and reconfiguring, I got the the server online. So now we have a pretty cool forum. Oh, also, for the record, I tried hardening the default install of MySQL by removing anonymous access and defining real, encrypted passwords for the remaining accounts... but I have no idea what gaping holes I'm leaving open.

Next up, extensions for Vanilla and choosing a blog content management system.

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