[pmwiki-users] Wiki farm confusion

The Editor editor at fast.st
Wed Mar 15 19:42:17 CST 2006

On 3/15/06, Neil Herber <nospam at eton.ca> wrote:
> I am not ready to buy your barn yet, nor am I ready to sell the farm
> and give up on fields. You are absolutely right that the major
> problem is imprecise or unnecessary use of the word "farm".

Yes, this seems to be the problem. I found it confusing a bit myself
at first. My bigger problem though was the details of switching over
to a farm. Just needed a bit clearer doc's. (Thanks Pm for spotting my

> To flog this dead horse one more time (and no, the horse was not in the barn!):
> * A farm (or wiki farm) is a collection of two or more wiki fields
> running on the same server that use one copy of the PmWiki code.
> * A field is a single wiki with a unique URL. Each field lives in its
> own directory.
> * The "home field" is where most of the PmWiki code (particularly
> pmwiki.php) lives.

This is exacly how I understand it currently.  And I would buy Neil's
(and other's) suggestions, that we simply refer to fields as wiki's,
with one I suppose being the "home wiki." But Neil's comments does
illustrate my point that a short-cut term like "barn" might simplify
things once we got used to it.  Notice how Neils brief summary could
be rewritten:

#1 A farm is a collection of two or more fields sharing one barn.
#2 A field is a single wiki with a unique URL, etc.
#3 The home field is where the barn is found.

The word "barn" is just a useful "markup" for "the place where most of
the PmWiki code is found" in a "farm installation"


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