[pmwiki-devel] MakeLink and Automatic category pages

DaveG pmwiki at solidgone.com
Mon Jul 7 10:32:27 CDT 2008

Patrick R. Michaud wrote:
> On Mon, Jul 07, 2008 at 12:03:06AM -0400, DaveG wrote:
> $AutoCreate only creates pages if a page is saved that has a link to the
> specified group/pagename.  In other words, the setting above says
> that if a page is saved that contains a link to a page in the Unphotographed
> group, automatically create that target page at the same time.
> Note that auto-creation only occurs when a page is being saved,
> not when a link is displayed (so links in a GroupFooter only auto-create
> pages at the time when the GroupFooter is saved).
That helps. Once I work out where to put it, I'll add it to the wiki.

> There are a number of ways to get empty pages to change the default
> displayed text, most are controlled by the $DefaultPageTextFmt variable
> For example, you can set
>     $DefaultPageTextFmt = 
>       '(:include {$Group}.PageNotFound {$SiteGroup}.PageNotFound:)';
> which causes a non-existent page to display 'PageNotFound' from the
> current group if it exists, and use Site.PageNotFound otherwise.
> Thus you could create Unphotographed.PageNotFound and that text
> would be used for any non-existent pages in the Unphotographed group.
> You can also have a per-group customization file that sets the
> value of $DefaultPageTextFmt .
This sounds like what I need. How is the per-group customization done?

> As far as making it appear that pages in the Unphotographed group
> always exist (even when they don't), several possibilities have been
> discussed but I haven't been comfortable with any of them to adopt
> them directly.
In this case, they don't really need to exist -- they simply need to 
appear to exist.

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