[Haskell-cafe] Re: ANN: gitit 0.6.1

John MacFarlane jgm at berkeley.edu
Tue Aug 25 13:22:51 EDT 2009

PS. I've put the library documentation here:

Does anyone understand why HackageDB is having trouble building
filestore 0.3.2?


+++ John MacFarlane [Aug 25 09 08:54 ]:
> I'm pleased to announce the release of gitit 0.6.1.
> Gitit is a wiki program that runs on happstack, the Haskell web
> application server stack, and stores pages and other content in a
> git or darcs filestore. The wiki can be updated either directly
> through the VCS or through gitit's web interface. Pages can be written
> in (extended) markdown, reStructuredText, HTML, or LaTeX, and exported
> in ten different formats. TeX math is rendered using MathML by default,
> and syntax highlighting is provided for over fifty languages.
> demo:   http://gitit.johnmacfarlane.net
> manual: http://gitit.johnmacfarlane.net/README
> api:    http://hackage.haskell.org/package/gitit-0.6.1
> code:   http://github.com/jgm/gitit
> bugs:   http://code.google.com/p/gitit/issues/list
> group:  http://groups.google.com/group/gitit-discuss
> Here is how you can install and run gitit. You'll need GHC and
> cabal-install. If you don't have these, install the Haskell Platform
> <http://hackage.haskell.org/platform/>. Then:
>     cabal update
>     cabal install gitit
>     mkdir mywiki
>     cd mywiki
>     gitit      # now browse to http://localhost:5001
> Or, if you want to change the defaults (say, reStructuredText
> instead of markdown, or darcs instead of git):
>     gitit --print-default-config > gitit.conf
>     # edit gitit.conf, which is self-documenting
>     gitit -f gitit.conf
> The whole code base has been overhauled since the last release.
> Gitit is now faster, more memory efficient, more modular, and more
> secure. It also has many new features, including
>   - page metadata and categories
>   - atom feeds (sitewide and per-page)
>   - support for literate Haskell
>   - a better configuration system
>   - an improved caching system
>   - a Haskell library exporting happstack wiki handlers
>   - a plugin system
> The last two items are the most exciting and deserve special comment.
> First, in addition to providing an executable, gitit now provides a
> library, Network.Gitit, which makes it easy to include a gitit
> wiki (or many of them) in any happstack application. It is
> even possible to use the containing application's authentication
> system for the wiki.
> Second, gitit can now be extended through plugins, short Haskell
> programs that are loaded dynamically when the server starts. For
> examples of the things that can be done with plugins, see the
> plugins directory, which contains (among other things) a plugin
> for adding graphviz diagrams to pages and a plugin for adding
> interwiki links.  For a full description of the plugin system,
> see the haddock documentation for Network.Gitit.Interface.
> Full changes from version 0.5.3, as well as upgrade instructions,
> are available in the file CHANGES.
> Thanks are due to
> - the happstack team, for big improvements in happstack-server
>   that make it much easier to work with,
> - the darcs team, for using gitit/darcsit for <http://wiki.darcs.net>,
>   giving gitit a real-world test,
> - Gwern Branwen, who helped to optimize gitit, wrote the
>   InterwikiPlugin, and wrote the guts of the Feed module,
> - Simon Michael, who contributed several patches,
> - Henry Laxen, who added support for password resets and helped with
>   the apache proxy instructions,
> - Anton van Straaten, who made the process of page generation
>   more modular by adding Gitit.ContentTransformer,
> - Robin Green, who helped improve the plugin API and interface,
>   fixed a security problem with the reset password code, and made
>   saving of the user's file more robust,
> - Thomas Hartman, who helped improve the index page, making directory
>   browsing persistent,
> - Kohei Ozaki, who contributed the ImgTexPlugin,
> - mightybyte, who suggested making gitit available as a library,
>   and contributed a patch to the authentication system,
> - and everyone else who contributed suggestions and bug reports.
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