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  • Wrapping up the Remote Friendica Hackathon 2020 by news (2020-10-04 17:03)
    Wrapping up the Remote Friendica Hackathon 2020Last weekend we had our annual Hackathon for the Friendica project. Unlike the years before, this time organized remotely using a conference room at the instance of instead of the cozy venture at E-LOK Meeting in person is great, for all the socializing around the project, but we did manage to get some of it into the virtual space. Discussing lots of issues and ideas for Friendica and having a productive weekend.Thanks to all, who made this weekend as wonderful as it was This slide shows the schedule of the 2020 Hackathon for Friendica What did we hack on? Over the Hackathon we had 23 pull requests merged into the core repository of Friendica. Eleven pull requests for the and two for the addons repository got merged as well. Some of the highlights: We kicked off a new wiki for the project at where we want to bundle the documentation and make it available in more languages, extending the translation effort.The user directories, e.g., got many improvements and some fixes.There is now an initial version of a small Python tool to extract the content from the backup data files everybody can download from their Friendica accounts–and we fixed a bug in that export function.The endless scrolling setting is now effective on more pages to unify the behavior.The community pages got some options better concentrate on interesting things and got some performance enhancements.The update_active_contacts option was added to the configuration of Friendica which might help to enhance the performance of nodes running on limited hardware like the…
  • Friendica 2020.09-1 hotfix release by news (2020-09-24 13:41)
    Friendica 2020.09-1 hotfix releaseDuring the RC phase of the 2020.09 release of Friendica a problem during sending out notification mails was not observed by the testers, but only reported after the release. Therefore we release now the 2020.09-1 hotfix release which will re-enable those mails. How to Update Updating from old Friendica versions If you are updating from an older version than the 2020.03 release, please first update your Friendica instance to that version Pre-Update Procedures Ensure that the last backup of your Friendica installation was done recently. We had no problems reported during the upgrade process from 2020.07 to the 2020.09 release candidate, so hopefully you will have a smooth transition.Please make sure to use Barracuda as MySQL DB file format for your Friendica database. Change your database settings before you proceed with the Friendica update. This change will take some time depending on the size of your database. Using Git Important: We are removing the master branch and are using the stable branch instead.Updating from the git repositories should only involve a pull from the Friendica core repository and addons repository, regardless of the branch (stable or develop) you are using. Remember to update the dependencies with composer as well. cd friendicagit fetchgit checkout BRANCHbin/composer.phar install --no-devcd addongit fetchgit checkout BRANCH Pulling in the dependencies with composer will show some deprecation warning, we will be working on that in the upcoming release. Using the Archive Files If you had downloaded the source files in an archive file (tar.gz) please download the current version of the archive ( and friendica-addons 2020.09-1.tar.gz and unpack it on your local computer.As many files got deleted or moved around, please upload the unpacked files to a new directory on your server (say friendica_new) and copy over your existing configuration (config/local.config.php and config/addon.config.php) and .htaccess files. Afterwards rename your current Friendica directory (e.g. friendica) to friendica_old and friendica_new to friendica.The files of the dependencies are included in the archive (make sure you are using the friendica-full-2020.09 archive), so you don’t have to worry about them. Post Update Tasks The database update should be applied automatically, but sometimes it gets stuck. If you encounter this, please initiate the DB update manually from the command line by running the script bin/console dbstructure update from the base of your Friendica installation. If the output contains any error message, please let us know using the channels mentioned below.Please note, that some of the changes to the database structure will take some time to be applied, depending on the size of your Friendica database. Known Issues If you are using lighttpd to serve your Friendica node the boolean AND operator for the full text search seems not to be working at the moment How to Contribute If you want to contribute to the project, you don’t need to have coding experience. There are a number of tasks listed in the issue tracker with the label “Junior Jobs” we think are good for new contributors. But you are by no means limited to these – if you find a solution to a problem (even a new one) please make a pull request at or let us know in the development forum to Friendica is also not limited to coding. Any contribution to the documentation, the translation or advertisement materials is welcome or reporting a problem. You don’t need to deal with Git(Hub) or Transifex if you don’t like to. Just get in touch with us and we will get the materials to the appropriate places.Thanks everyone who helped making this release possible and have fun!…

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