The first thing was that no one knew exactly where the
project lived. OK, no
problem. I looked through the cgi-bin dir, hey look,
survey.cgi. Looks like
it calls a survey.py script that does all the work. Uhoh.
I've never looked
at python before in my life. Ok, let's run the cgi and
start tracking errors.
First error is a syntax error in the script. Hrm, better hit
google. Tracked it down
to a change in
python since we seem to be running a newer version of
python than the
script was written for. Evidently, python made the way args
are defined a bit stricter--no problem.
The script wants to make a connection to a
MySQL database. Oops, python can't find the MySQL
module. OK, this is
a debian box, no problem. apt-cache search mysql | grep
python-mysqldb - A Python interface for MySQL. Neat.
apt-get install. Hrm,
the script still can't seem to find the module. Oh, it's
MySQLdb, not MySQL.
Hmm, i wonder what is different...
OK, pretty much everything is different. Different syntax on how to make a db connection. Different syntax on executing SQL commands. I did some nasty ad hackery (think ad hoc) and voila! It seems to work. Yay me! Sometimes I don't feel like such a moron...
blah, real life sucks. My father-in-law died a few weeks
ago, the memorial service is this weekend. I had to call my
wife while she was on vacation and tell her that her father
had died. that was ...unpleasant. I haven't had the energy
at home to even touch my home computers at all.
I finally read cryptonomicron, i liked snow crash more but it was definitely entertaining. I read A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin, which was pretty good. I was into it enough that I got annoyed at characters for doing stupid stuff. Hrm, i also read The Last Continent and reread Feet of Clay, both discworld books, and reread Retro Hell by the Ben Is Dead editors. Hrm, doesn't seem as if i've been doing much reading over the past couple of weeks, must be forgetting something.
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