Jeez I hate CFMX. July 15, 2002 6:28 PM   Subscribe

Jeez I hate CFMX.

Help me out by posting all bugs you find here.
posted by mathowie to Uptime at 6:28 PM (73 comments total)

I am so full of hate right now.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 6:32 PM on July 15, 2002


::: uploads Matt a pony :::
posted by rushmc at 6:33 PM on July 15, 2002


sigh. nevermind on the email matt. i can see comments now. sorry. i tried lots of times before i sent that email, really.
posted by rio at 6:36 PM on July 15, 2002


oh rio, it's because I just had to fix that problem.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 6:37 PM on July 15, 2002


Gosh, I was going to say, now that I'm using Mozilla, I can see how nice Metafilter really looks and how hard you've been working on its design, Matt! BTW, I just now got on MeTa after trying for about 1 hour. So thanks for all your hard work.
posted by Lynsey at 6:39 PM on July 15, 2002


matt, sorry it didn't go smoothly. i just tried to post to the front page and i got a cfml error. (sorry i didn't notice what it was. sorry sorry.) when i went back and then hit post again it told me the url was already posted. so i opened in a new browser and saw that the thread did get posted right the first time. it just told me that it didn't.

i think i have just been not helpful in the slightest.

the feature were it looks for your url in the db is grand. great idea!
posted by dobbs at 6:40 PM on July 15, 2002


Matt - it seems OK now. It's just extremely difficult, that's all. TestFilter worked well before MetaFilter started working.

A little patience and gratitude is to be recommended. It's very, very fast. Does it fly!

Psshttt... Is this like the olden days? I love it!
posted by MiguelCardoso at 6:44 PM on July 15, 2002


~You suck. I want my money back.~
posted by anildash at 6:45 PM on July 15, 2002


I guess it was a real trial. Many fingers are crossed right now, many sighs of relief, many are getting their satisfying fixes once again.

Cheers, Matt.
posted by dash_slot- at 6:51 PM on July 15, 2002


Adverts still have the CFTOKEN and CFID in the url.
posted by holloway at 6:53 PM on July 15, 2002


I *heart* Matt. Bravo!
posted by metrocake at 6:54 PM on July 15, 2002


Adverts still have the CFTOKEN and CFID in the url.

That's one example of what is wrong with the new server. The default is "no" don't apply url variables to redirects, but with the new server you have to force the attribute to no, even though it is supposed to be the default.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 6:56 PM on July 15, 2002


Try as I might, I can find no fault with it now. I even did a reckless "since day one" search for "Matt" and got 5K+ results in just under 30 seconds[No need to check; take my word for it]. This is soooo fast and gorgeously clickety-clicky!

Shazam!
posted by MiguelCardoso at 6:57 PM on July 15, 2002


All the cool people appreciate the new server. At least, that's what they tell me when they deign to talk to me.
posted by websavvy at 6:58 PM on July 15, 2002


Everything works as far as I can tell.
posted by riffola at 7:05 PM on July 15, 2002


*deigning to talk to websavvy in order to look cool*

You can say that again, websavvy!
posted by MiguelCardoso at 7:06 PM on July 15, 2002


miguel -- i did the same search with the same results...i wasn't checking on you, honest. MeFi... is...(whispered) zoom zoom!
posted by rio at 7:13 PM on July 15, 2002


The default is "no" don't apply url variables to redirects, but with the new server you have to force the attribute to no, even though it is supposed to be the default.

Damn the man!
posted by holloway at 7:17 PM on July 15, 2002


May I be the first to say Zippity-Bop®?

OK, on preview I do see a small bug. Should it disappear upon posting, you will see the R in a circle (registered) symbol. Should it not disappear, you will see a capital A with a caret over it (international symbols aren't my forte, OK?)

I repreviewed before I posted, and it added another two characters. One more capital A caret, and a square.

Matt, looks like a problem with extended ASCII?
posted by mr_crash_davis at 7:18 PM on July 15, 2002


A very small but significant bug I found, when commenting on vacapinta's tripe thread, is that acute and grave accents are no longer faithfully reproduced, so to speak.

Testing: �  la mode; h�¡ festa na Mouraria; �© o beb�© do Z�©

(No, they don't work...)
posted by MiguelCardoso at 7:23 PM on July 15, 2002


Extended ASCII: Looks like an ASCII database not dealing with multibyte characters (unicode).
posted by holloway at 7:23 PM on July 15, 2002


£ £ £ £ Hex: %A3
posted by riffola at 7:27 PM on July 15, 2002


Extended ASCII: Looks like an ASCII database not dealing with multibyte characters (unicode).

Since cfmx is all java based, the db connector is now JDBC, which has all sorts of problems with high-ascii characters. It's one thing I'm working on fixing in the next few days. With the old ODBC drivers, we could submit any old text and the db would take it.

We had the exact problem at Blogger.com when we switched to a Java-based framework.

Wow, macromedia made an entire forum for these problems. This does not bode well.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 7:29 PM on July 15, 2002


Mefi doesn't seem any faster in IE for Mac, but it does in Mozilla. Explanation?
posted by ParisParamus at 7:29 PM on July 15, 2002


MetaTalk comment preview doesn't appear to be working in Moz1.0 on Win2K. Just get "Comment preview" then nothing - no comment, no form. Ok in IE6 (hence this post).
posted by normy at 7:38 PM on July 15, 2002


Search/replace in CFMX on high characters into their character entity?
posted by holloway at 7:39 PM on July 15, 2002


Mozilla build 2002-07-09-13 works. I have had the textarea missing on occasions though.
posted by holloway at 7:41 PM on July 15, 2002


aye, what paris said

and heres an explanation:

ie for mac renders everything slowly anyway, so it doesn't matter if the server is fast

mozilla renders very fast, and now that the server kicks ass, you can see the difference
posted by sawks at 7:41 PM on July 15, 2002


Currently: in Opera, the "Dead" message from yesterday comes up.
posted by ParisParamus at 7:53 PM on July 15, 2002


Just noticed the unicode problem myself. Use HTML special characters (e.g. &é for é) as an interim fix; that works.

Previewing it multiple times turns é to é to é, though.
posted by mcwetboy at 8:06 PM on July 15, 2002


(that should be "é" in the first line)
posted by mcwetboy at 8:07 PM on July 15, 2002


Woohoo! I'm so glad MetaFilter is back! I had to use Me3diaFilter all day, and it's damn slow.

(No complaints from me using HTML special characters. I usually do anyway. < è á -- see?)
posted by me3dia at 8:24 PM on July 15, 2002


Whoo Hoo! It's back. :) I've been able to get it running in ie6 and Opera, no problems. Seems pretty blazing too. Yay!
posted by dejah420 at 8:35 PM on July 15, 2002


Any suggested how to render Mefi Blue on Mozilla as deep as it is on IE? And the grey on Metatalk that deeper grey? And the font? There seems to be a lack of contrast...

posted by ParisParamus at 8:35 PM on July 15, 2002

Previewing it multiple times turns &eacute; to é to �©, though.
You would send &amp; as the character entity and it would come back to you as the same, but the entity would be rendered in the textarea as the character itself, and then the browser submits that (possibly multi-byte) character for preview. Whenever you submit a multi-byte character for preview it breaks... so I guess it's the preview bug from 1973 in cahoots with the unicode bug.
posted by holloway at 8:45 PM on July 15, 2002

the db connector is now JDBC, which has all sorts of problems with high-ascii characters
Is the connector involved in previews?
posted by holloway at 8:49 PM on July 15, 2002


I'd just like to say that I got a DSL connection tonight, and that, combined with the speedy new server, means I can now post at least six times as often as before.

You have been warned.

Matt, great work. It's rockin'.
posted by mr_crash_davis at 9:32 PM on July 15, 2002


Nice work, Matt.
And I found out this weekend that my girlfreind and MeFi share a birthday. A mite disrturbing, that.
posted by jonmc at 9:39 PM on July 15, 2002


Search function: The displayed results only contain the text of the links themselves, rather than any supporting text.

Click for an example
posted by Optamystic at 9:42 PM on July 15, 2002


Not so much a big, perhaps, but : having written a comment, hit preview, and then had the IE error page show up (because the firewall at work here is a piece of crap, and it happens a lot), hitting the back button on my browser used to bring me back with the text still in the textbox.

This time, it was gone daddy gone, and my pearls of wisdom went unscattered.

No biggie, but I'm guessing that's something new serverside?

Other than that, sweet and fast. Thanks, Matt.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 9:43 PM on July 15, 2002


Here's a funny one: I try to go to blogroots, but up comes MetaFilter. Bug, or perhaps just a truism that there is no other place for me but here....
posted by readymade at 9:49 PM on July 15, 2002


Here's a funny one: I try to go to blogroots, but up comes MetaFilter.

Is that happening right now? It was earlier, but I was sure I fixed it.

As for the ampersand problems, I'll fix them tonight.

The search engine results are freaky, and will take a bit longer.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 10:19 PM on July 15, 2002


I like the search "bug" the way it is. I always click on "Go to the detail view..." anyway. Maybe it saves on CPU load? There's got to be a reason not to fix it.
posted by mr_crash_davis at 10:22 PM on July 15, 2002


For me http://blogroots.com goes to metafilter and http://www.blogroots.com goes to blogroots.
posted by holloway at 10:27 PM on July 15, 2002


fixed the blogroots redirect.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 10:51 PM on July 15, 2002


Crikey, Matt -- haven't you done enough for one day?! Go have a beer, or, barring alcoholic beverages, some tea or something...put your feet up...chat with your wife... :)

In other words: you done good, now take a break!
posted by metrocake at 11:03 PM on July 15, 2002


Yeah, what cakey-grrrl said. Relax. Give the wife a pickle tickle.

(I swear I didn't look at metrocake's usrrr page before I typed "grrrl". That's eerrrie. Or not. Maybe "grrrl" is more common than I thought. I'm rrrambling. Shut up. Shut up!)
posted by mr_crash_davis at 11:16 PM on July 15, 2002


Welcome back MeFi! All your efforts are appreciated Matt.
posted by revbrian at 5:00 AM on July 16, 2002


I have no bugs to report, Matt, but just wanted to share in and affirm your MX hate. At my job, we're upgrading all our CMS servers to MX this week---or we're trying, with limited success. All I ask is a little bit of stinkin' backwards compatibility, but noooooooo.

I can imagine your own MX travails all too vividly---and you're not even getting a paycheck to deal with the headaches, all the worse. DONATE, PEOPLE! heh.
posted by Sapphireblue at 7:37 AM on July 16, 2002


In IE 5.0 for windows, the front page loads fine, and then I click to read a thread, which is fine, but when I hit the back button to go back to the front page, I get the "dead" page. Hitting refresh still gives me the dead page. I have to go forward to the thread and click on "home" to get the front page back again. This also happens when I click on the posted link and then try to go back to the front page. If, however, I manually type in www.metafilter.com, I get the front page. Is the dead page just stuck in my browser, haunting it in some strange way?
posted by JanetLand at 8:38 AM on July 16, 2002


The fonts are totally whacked in NN4.x for Unix. I'm sure this is an urgent concern. By "whacked" I mean they're too big, everywhere except the MeFi front page. Make it stop! Ahh!
posted by Succa at 9:49 AM on July 16, 2002


Oh yeah, Blogroots too.
posted by Succa at 9:56 AM on July 16, 2002


Succa, really? On blogroots, the fonts are fixed at I think, 12px. On MetaFilter, everything is in points, and should be set to your prefs (the front page should be the same as the subpages).

But yeah, not really an urgent concern (you haven't upgraded to mozilla 1.1 yet?)
posted by mathowie (staff) at 10:12 AM on July 16, 2002


Ghost posts! Yesterday's fifth and sixth posts -- double posts about Google, by the way, and geez, Matt, can't you link to something everyone hasn't already seen?! -- still show up on the front page, but clicking through passes to "Nothing to see here...".
posted by bradlands at 11:10 AM on July 16, 2002


oh brad, I think you're hitting index.cfm instead of the proper index.mefi page (which I used to redirect to, I'll do that now).
posted by mathowie (staff) at 12:02 PM on July 16, 2002


For anyone wondering what the new server looks like, here's a screenshot of the desktop.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 12:28 PM on July 16, 2002


I hate to echo Paris on any matter, but I must concur that the 'dead' page loads on IE5.0 when using 'back' or 'forward' commands. Using IP address or URL works fine.
posted by glennie at 1:12 PM on July 16, 2002


Succa, really?

Yep. The front page of MeFi looks fine, all other pages (comment pages, all of MetaTalk, Blogroots) have a HUGE font, looking like Arial. This didn't happen before the server move.

It's Netscape 4.78 for Solaris, I believe.


But yeah, not really an urgent concern (you haven't upgraded to mozilla 1.1 yet?)

This is on the lab computers on campus, and the network admins are hellbent on keeping everyone five years behind the curve at all times. I've tried to get them to upgrade, but they're lazy.
posted by Succa at 1:31 PM on July 16, 2002


Matt, just got a "remote procedure call failed" error message when trying to go to the comments on a thread. Sounds browser independent, but it was IE 4.5 on Mac OS 8.6.
posted by machaus at 3:12 PM on July 16, 2002


Intermitient disconnects. IE5.5 and mozilla. Will be browsing along one second, then I'll click a link to a comments page and "connection refused" error. When that happens, i notice blogroots won't load either. I'll wait 2 mins, then everything's fine.

Hmm, just got a "document contains no data", too when trying to preview.
posted by Hackworth at 5:46 PM on July 16, 2002


We're (me and jason) rebooting a lot right now, trying to get some stuff fixed on the server. Machaus and Hackworth, your errors both sound like you caught the tail end of a reboot cycle.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 6:16 PM on July 16, 2002


The sidebar seems to be old, and the "win a free book" link goes to a directory listing.
posted by waxpancake at 6:26 PM on July 16, 2002


oh brad, I think you're hitting index.cfm instead of the proper index.mefi page (which I used to redirect to, I'll do that now).

My bookmark points to just www.metafilter.com without any document specified. I'm still seeing the ghost posts. S'OK, as long as they're friendly ghosts, I suppose. ;-)
posted by bradlands at 6:48 PM on July 16, 2002


It's true, though. When I specifically ask for index.mefi, the ghosts have been exorcised. Thanks, Father Matt!!
posted by bradlands at 6:53 PM on July 16, 2002


here's a screenshot of the desktop

Oooh, what's that pop-up menu next to the tray?

*fap* *fap* *fap* *fap* *fap*
posted by inpHilltr8r at 7:56 PM on July 16, 2002


here's a screenshot of the desktop

D'oh - the first thing I did was to click and drag on the Task Manager to see what was underneath ;-}

*smacks forehead with palm of hand*
posted by dg at 8:18 PM on July 16, 2002


So did I, dg! Laff...
posted by Lynsey at 8:45 PM on July 16, 2002


"Oooh, what's that pop-up...?"

Motherboard Monitor. And I'm guessing the sensors are CPU0, CPU1 and chipset temperatures.

Running a little warm there, might want to think about improving the cooling a little.
posted by majick at 9:18 PM on July 16, 2002


Lets we all not forget the valiant soul that served our pages tirelessly for the last 3 years:

Sacred to the memory of our late, lamented server...
posted by evanizer at 11:20 PM on July 16, 2002


So what name was chosen for this bad boy?
posted by rushmc at 6:37 AM on July 17, 2002


When I click on the "...and 4 threads and 249 comments to MetaTalk" links on my user page, I get this message. But I can still visit metatalk by clicking the normal Metatalk link, and clicking on the "...has posted 1 link and 509 comments to MetaFilter" links produces the normal list of threads/comments I've posted.
posted by evanizer at 7:25 PM on July 17, 2002


The link to Category List doesn't work.
posted by jennak at 7:09 AM on July 18, 2002


Not sure if this has been mentioned, but when logging in/out of Metafilter there's a stall. It gives me the cookies but there's no HTML following.

(this isn't a problem with stale cookies, it happens from any browser, and it does it consistantly)
posted by holloway at 2:34 AM on July 20, 2002


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