The end of the road for Trex

About a week ago, the Trex content management system basically broke.

To me the internal workings of the server are a black box. I don’t know how it works, and I do not know what went wrong. It was written by a programmer who left before it was finished. This happens sometimes in software. It totally sucks. Nothing to be done about it.

Where we were at in July

  • When this happened in July, I hoped we’d get a chance to do two things:
    • 1. Use the software for a while.
    • 2. Port it to some other environemnt.
  • No one knew how long #1 would be. And #2 pretty much proved impossible. node.js looked like the best candidate for porting. I asked around, a couple of people took a look at it, some programming happened, but as of October 7, 2013, this is not a possible way out.

Basically, we’re at the end of this bit of road

  • Fargo itself does not depend on a server, so it runs fine. I’m using it right now to write this post. I’ve been using it to plan projects and trips, it’s unaffected.
  • However, Fargo as a blogging system, that no longer works. And there are no paths forward that have it working again.
  • So if you’re using it as a blogging system, you pretty much have to find a new way to publish your content.
  • However, there’s no need to export any data because it was never stored on our servers. It’s all sitting there in your Fargo folder.
  • There are developers working on a WordPress-based back-end. Hopefully when they’re ready, they’ll let us know how to hook in.

Many apologies

  • On behalf of Small Picture and myself, I apologize for this failure.
  • Software projects sometimes don’t work out. I wanted it to be a big success. There are a lot of great ideas in Trex. But for now, there’s no hope of it serving as a back-end for Fargo users’ website.

This must be confusing

  • If you’re a Fargo user, if you were using it for a blog, let’s see if we can find a way for you to publish your content elsewhere.
  • If you’re a Scripting News reader, knock wood, the outage should be over. There are still some holes to fill in. But I think the site will be even more reliable than it was.
  • If you have questions or comments, the usual guidelines apply, please post them here. Thanks! 🙂

About Dave Winer

Dave Winer, 54, pioneered the development of weblogs, syndication (RSS), podcasting, outlining, and web content management software; former contributing editor at Wired Magazine, research fellow at Harvard Law School, entrepreneur, and investor in web media companies. A native New Yorker, he received a Master's in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin, a Bachelor's in Mathematics from Tulane University and currently lives in Berkeley, California.
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