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[gfsd]Free Tool for Web Content Managment

From: G-Cows
Subject: [gfsd]Free Tool for Web Content Managment
Date: Tue, 28 May 2002 11:48:06 +0200 (CEST)


I wrote a small program and released it under GNU GPL so, here are some
informations about it, in case you ever want to list it in your `Free
Software Directory'.

However, there are many other tools doing the same thing so you should
probably list one of them instead.

The program is called G-Cows (the G- standing for GPL) and has a site:

I'll give you some informations so you won't need to look at the site to
decide if you may be interested or not.

1) What is G-Cows (quoted from the site)

G-Cows is a command line tool designed to make the creation and 
updating of a web site faster, more flexible and less prone to errors 
without relying on server-side technologies (scripting languages, web 
server's extensions etc.). 

The idea behind this is that server-side technology should only be used 
to add dynamic features. Nowadays, many sites rely on it also to make 
site administration easier - even when contents are static - resulting 
in useless server overwork.

G-Cows consists in two programs:
- `Cows' parses text files containing additional scripts; its output is 
represented by a verbatim copy of text file with scripts replaced by their 
- `Cows-mkgen' generates makefiles used to update sites created with Cows.

2) Status (quoted from the site)

Current release is 0.3 beta, meaning an unstable pre-release. 

Some bugs have been fixed while creating this site so I guess there are
many other waiting out there ... I'll consider G-Cows unstable until a 
reasonable number of sites are created without revealing new bugs.

3) Documentation

A very long manual is available from the web site in different formats
(created from a common texinfo source).

Sadly, since my English is awful (it's not my native language as you
probably supposed ..), manual is not easy to read. 

4) Standards

Installation follows the standard sequence: 
./configure -> make -> make install 

Error messages follow the well-known format:
source-file-name:lineno: message

Well known options --quiet, --silent, --help, --version are supported

5) Requirements:

The program should compile on every GNU/Linux systems; however I only
tried to compile in on various RedHat (from 6.0 to 7.0) and on Slackware

You need a C++ compiler, an implementation of the Standard Template
Library, a lex-compatible scanner generator and a yacc-compatible parser

Thank You very much for your attention

Andrea Sozzi

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