What am I doing!?

A few weeks ago, I decided to just go ahead and try to replicate the “OpenGeofiction Stack” by building my own server.

So I shelled out ₩25000 KRW ($20 USD) a month for a low-end Linux server from one of the many companies that rent out cheap servers. It’s running Ubuntu 16.04.

I happened to have already bought, some years ago, the domain name ‘geofictician.net’, so I attached this name to my server, and I created some subdomains. I applied my moribund artistic skills and sketched up a little logo for the website, too. That’s also on this blog (at upper left). It’s a freehand drawing, but imitating some other images I looked at.

First I loaded the standard LAMP stack (MySQL and Apache), and I then installed mediawiki and configured. I made a kind of “clone” of the OGF wiki. I even uploaded some of the articles I’d deleted from the main site. I managed to get the MultiMaps extension fork that Thilo built running, so I can point those wiki articles at OGF.

The one thing I’m frustrated with, in the wiki, is that the email user utility was impossible to configure to work with my postfix install on the server. Hence, for now, I’ve got the wiki using my gmail account to send emails, which I think isn’t an ideal solution. Then again, it doesn’t really matter, for now, because it’s just me, using the wiki alone.

Anyway, I think I’ll use this wiki to write all the overwikification I’ve felt compelled to refrain from writing on the OGF wiki. Maybe I’ll build a bot and make stubs for ALL of my locales on the map (8000 stubs! Now that’s overwikification).

Next, I started building a tile server. This was pretty complicated, and I don’t consider the task complete. I did manage to upload an OSM file of a planet I started building using JOSM a few years back and that hasn’t ever been “rendered” before, though I’ve been drawing paper maps of parts of this planet since I was in middle school.

Finally, a few days ago, I was able to test the success of the tile render by connecting to the tileserver using JOSM from desktop. It was quite exciting to see my long-languishing planet, Rahet, rendered in JOSM, if only in the most skeletal of forms:

Earlier today, I installed this blog, using the standard wordpress package, and it went quite smoothly. Good-bye, bliki.

I’m currently working on getting the OSM “Rails Port” up and running. I just ran a test and got some errors, so I’ll have to troubleshoot those. But I feel like the end is in sight.

Music to map by: 마마무, “1cm의 자존심.”

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Luciano Jones

that guy who likes to make maps.