[pmwiki-users] Wiki farm confusion

DaveG pmwiki at solidgone.com
Wed Mar 15 21:09:05 CST 2006

Again, do we really need the field part? A farm (or cluster, or any of a 
thousand other grouping terms) is a collection of wiki's. Change "field" 
to "wiki" and I suspect things become much more obvious. Based on the 
earlier basic step-by-step write-up it certainly appears clearer...

The Editor wrote:
> 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
> mistake).
>> 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"
> Caveman
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