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From: John Smith
May 10, 2007 03:00
Message ID: 4642ACF6.email@example.com
Ingy dot Net wrote:
> I appreciate your concern, but it's just a little off base. True most people
> in the world use Windows for their desktop OS. But Kwiki is not a desktop app.
> It is a server app. You are about the only person who has contacted me in the
> last 3 years wanting to run Kwiki on windows. Everyone runs wikis on unix
> servers. You can even use Cygwin as I mentioned.
I am running version 0.18 on 3 separate windows machines (two w2k, and
one xp) for last three+ years. Yes, they are installed from Cygwin,
which is a must have for an unix guy in windoze universe.
P.s. Also, I did not manage to successfully install any of the later
versions - all installations fail emitting some cryptic perl error
messages (well, I am using and programming in perl for about ten years
now, but could not make much sense out of these messages). I guess that
these failures (at various attempts typically spread apart 6 months or
more) are due to implicit non-consistency of some of the used modules
with the windows os.
Some problems (that old version of) kwiki are:
* 1) search is hopeless (it "thinks" forever before dying), now with
more than 8000 pages in the my kwiki-based knowledge base,
* 2) Some quirks of syntax: if the page contains a sample of code that
has </textarea> closing tag, kwiki breaks the content on that place
thinking that it is the closing tag of its own edit textarea. etc...
* 3) I tried to incorporate support for LaTeX, but several dependencies
fail to install with error messages undecipherable to me.
* couple of other annoyances like absent/skimpy/cryptic documentation
(this used to be a wiki that is the easiest to install), etc.
As result I am slowly abandoning my kwiki-based wikies for something
more friendly: wxWikiServer - which installs in no time at all on
windows machines, and whose wikisyntax is modeled according to the
kwiki's. It is even less feature rich than kwiki (an has its own
quirks), but it does the job: with a minimal massaging of text I can
capture the information from the web and other sources in the one of
several topical wxwikies, to keep growing my knowledge base.