Update from really old version, have a few issues

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Re: Update from really old version, have a few issues

Post by onli » Tue Dec 22, 2020 10:53 pm

Usually yes! :) You could also share the link here, or if you do not want to do that publicly you could send me a PM. Then we or I can have a look.

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Re: Update from really old version, have a few issues

Post by dkrat » Tue Dec 22, 2020 11:17 pm

Oh, thank you so much onli. Just PMed you a link.

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Re: Update from really old version, have a few issues

Post by onli » Wed Dec 23, 2020 4:37 pm

Oh, your theme is also not loading? This looks like a configuration issue. It points to http://, while the site is https://. Have a look into the blog configuration and make sure that the blog url is set as https://UrlToBlog.

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Re: Update from really old version, have a few issues

Post by dkrat » Wed Dec 23, 2020 7:23 pm

Oh, that fixed the theme issue! Thank you!

It looks like accessing the archives is the last piece of the puzzle.
https://www.ratsound.com/cblog/archives ... Quest.html

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Re: Update from really old version, have a few issues

Post by onli » Wed Dec 23, 2020 7:38 pm

Hm. You really just get immediately a 403 permission denied. I'm not the most familiar with that, but usually this happens because of the .htaccess really blocking that directory. Can you have a look at the files in your server and check whether there is a .htaccess file in the archives/ folder (which is supposed to be empty)?

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Re: Update from really old version, have a few issues

Post by dkrat » Wed Dec 23, 2020 8:59 pm

The archive folder contains a .empty file and that is it.

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Re: Update from really old version, have a few issues

Post by onli » Wed Dec 23, 2020 10:23 pm

Then it might be in the .htaccess of your webroot, one folder above. Or in the webserver configuration.

I checked Serendipity and the plugins and I do not see one place where a 403 might be triggered from, so I really think this has to be server specific.

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Re: Update from really old version, have a few issues

Post by dkrat » Wed Dec 23, 2020 11:21 pm

Thank you onli, I'm reaching out the webhost to see if they have any idea or errors trying to reach that page. I'll let you know how it goes.

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Re: Update from really old version, have a few issues

Post by dkrat » Thu Dec 24, 2020 12:35 am

Webhost was of little help.

We did notice that pages are viewable from https://www.ratsound.com/cblog/archives ... mmary.html
but to drill down a level, they become inaccessible.
https://www.ratsound.com/cblog/archives ... Gig-1.html

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Re: Update from really old version, have a few issues

Post by onli » Thu Dec 24, 2020 12:46 am

The categories page is also blocked by a 403.

Nothing in the .htaccess of the directory about archives that might explain this?

Ah, one thing to test: mod_rewrite. Serendipity has an option for "nice" looking urls without the `index.php?`, those are used here. You could deactivate that option. It's under Configuration -> Design and Options (or similar, I've got the german version in front of me, third configuration menu from the bottom). It probably says "Use apache mod_rewrite" right now.

I just stumbled over https://www.krakovic.de/wordpress-htacc ... ermeldung/, which explains that trying to use mod_rewrite while it is not active can lead to 403 errors. And that's the only source of 403 errors in Serendipity I am (now) aware of.

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Re: Update from really old version, have a few issues

Post by dkrat » Tue Dec 29, 2020 1:50 am

That did it! Thank you!
I guess I need to look into why that stopped working.

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Re: Update from really old version, have a few issues

Post by dkrat » Tue Jan 05, 2021 8:39 pm

Final post (I think!). After simply toggeling the mod_rewrite setting the URL for the archive is working normally! Yay! All fixed and thank you so much for all your help onli!

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Re: Update from really old version, have a few issues

Post by onli » Tue Jan 05, 2021 8:52 pm

Great that it worked :)

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