Conflict in Memento

If you loaded Pier into a Pharo image after September, 2022, then it would likely bring up the following error when editing the settings:

 Add: Input is conflicting with concurrent modification

Tracing into this error, the cause is found in this Magritte commit, the error is in MACheckedMemento>>reset. Older code had:

self setOriginal: self pullRaw

The newer code has:

self setOriginal: (self pullRawTransforming: [ :e | e copy ])

When you click save, Magritte checks that the original in the memento matches the original model. For the PRPage in the environment field, the style sheet is a PRFile. The check fails since the memento contains a copy, not the original PRFile.

The Pier project is better off if it stays up-to-date with the projects that it depends on like Pillar and Magritte. The solution chosen to resolve this is to redefine the equals method so it is true for structures and their copies. The message #hash is related to equals, and is also redefined.

Posted by John Borden at 24 April 2023, 3:17 am with tags Pier link

Copy a Large File

For making backups, it is a common problem to copy a large tar file from one machine to another in the same network. Normally I would use commands like:

SourceServer> ncat -l --send-only 1701 < backup.tgz
DestinClient> ncat SourceServer 1701 > backup.tgz

Then compare the checksums:

DestinClient> cksum backup.tgz

This is taken from the NMap group. Recently a problem came up where the client did not have ncat, I thought to use Pharo instead so the client code is below (lifted from the SocketStream class comment):

| file socketStream result blocksize writeStream |
blocksize := 1024.
file := File openForWriteFileNamed: 'backup.tgz'.
	socketStream := SocketStream openConnectionToHostNamed: '' port: 1701.
	[ [ socketStream binary.
		[ socketStream atEnd ]  whileFalse: [
			result := socketStream next: blocksize.
			file nextPutAll: result ] ]
	ensure: [ socketStream close ] ]
				on: ConnectionTimedOut
		do: [:ex | Transcript show: ex asString; cr. ex resume]
] ensure: [ file close ]

The address '' needs to be changed to the IP where the ncat listener is already running once local testing is done.

Posted by John Borden at 11 March 2023, 4:57 pm link

Baseline Best Practices

With the Pharo project progressing as it has, it is necessary to load Pier on Pharo 9. This should also help to Retrieve HTTPS from Pharo.

A good introduction to baselines is on Github.

Pier work started with a separate baseline for core, add-ons, to-do, google, etc. This matched the setup on the previous code repository - Smalltalkhub. Problems would occur when loading the larger projects, the package dependencies are:
PierAddons -requires-> PierCore -requires-> Pillar
When everything cleanly loads, things work well. Recently Pillar loads with with dirty package (internal code is updated), so after loading PierCore, Pillar is attempted to reload when loading PierAddons. This causes the load time to drag on for an hour.

Another recent problem is that the tests would not load due to missing the core class PRObjectTest from the Pillar-Tests-Core package.

To bypass these problems, it was easier to create a large Pier baseline, which has labels for each of the possible parts - addons, todo, etc.

One way to test faster is create the BaselineOfPier class in the image and load it without writing to the repository.

Posted by John Borden at 23 August 2022, 1:44 am link

Pier Import Loses Ancestor Links

Suppose one has a wiki page for a project, named Smallwiki. Sub-pages can be added and link back to the main page with the text *..*. If the project changes name to Pier, then a single page can have the title changed and all of the sub-pages have the correct name.

An example of a parent link for this page is *..* which goes to Updates, and *../..* goes to John Borden.

A problem occurs when reading in a wiki during an upgrade. Each page is read as an independent entity with no reference to the other pages. A link to a parent like *..* is changed to *.*. This is the expected behavior when editing the root page.

One option is to link to the parent/grandparents/etc to be fully qualified before exporting:

(PRKernel instanceNamed: 'pier') root enumerator all; do: [ :page | page outgoingReferences do: [ :link | (link isInternal and: [ link target ~~ page and: [ page parents includes: link target ] ]) ifTrue: [ link reference: link target absolutePath ] ] ].

If one is not importing into the latest Pier code, this can convert back to relative links with:

(PRKernel instanceNamed: 'pier') root enumerator all; do: [ :page | page outgoingReferences do: [ :link | (link isInternal and: [ (link reference first = $/) and: [ page parents includes: link target ]]) ifTrue: [ link reference: (page relativePathTo: link target) ] ] ].
Posted by John Borden at 27 July 2022, 3:20 pm link

Remove PierAdmin from Baseline

Recently I removed an old task from a PierToDo. I noticed it raised a walked-back from PRAdminRemoveCommand>>#doValidate. The problem was the message self pierAdminAnnouncer returned nil. I was able to reproduce the problem in a clean Pier image using a simple component:

  1. Create a component and choose the counter option
  2. Increment the counter (it needs some sort of data)
  3. Click remove and confirm. Error is the same PRAdmin remove problem

Removing the page that contains the component does not raise the error.

Another problem is that http://localhost:8080/piersetup does not open due to missing the TWBSTabWidget class.

A straight-forward way to resolve this is to remove Pier-Admin from the Pier baselines. It is part of the add-Ons baseline, and the extentions are in part of the core baseline.

Posted by John Borden at 21 March 2022, 2:17 am link
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