setting up pyblosxom

i've used blosxom before, and seeing as all the cool people use pyblosxom and I'm much more familiar with python than I am with perl, I've got it all going. I've had a few issues that I've got workarounds happening for.

Firstly is the redirects so that you can't actually see the pyblosxom.cgi file that is doing all the work. My naive first attempt at writing a global catch all rewrite rule was just

RewriteRule ^(.*)$ /pyblosxom.cgi/$1 [L]

But I think the issue with that is that it ends up recursevly matching and you end up with a 500 error. The solution (for me) was to modify this to break out when it matches the cgi file, so my .htaccess looks like

RewriteEngine on
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ /pyblosxom.cgi/$1

this seems to work quite well

Then there's the issue of only being able to upload to (where lives) via ftp ... since pybloxsom relies on timestamps things were going to get tricky. luckily there is a plugin already written by Nathan Bullock. So now I can create entries with a little scripts like

if [ $# -lt 1 ]; then
    echo usage: ./ path/to/filename.txt
    exit 1

ENTRY_DATE=`date '+%Y-%m-%d-%H-%M'`

#make directory heirarchy

if [ ! -d "`dirname $NEWFILE`" ];then
    echo making `dirname $NEWFILE` ...
    mkdir -v  -p `dirname $NEWFILE`

emacs -nw $NEWFILE

echo $ENTRY_DATE $NEWFILE >> timestamps

and upload them with which is a poor-mans ftp rsync.