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[resolved] CataBlog Bug Reports (32 posts)

  1. macguru2000
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    Posted 3 years ago #

    Please post any bugs you find in CataBlog here. This is meant only for bug reports, their are other CataBlog topics & discussions if you do not have a bug report. Please look through them first. Try to be as specific as possible in describing a way to reproduce the bug. Also make sure to give your browser and operating system with versions, and a url to an example of the bug if you can. Thanks

    - Zach

  2. macguru2000
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    Posted 3 years ago #

    A bug in the admin-export template file was found, some configurations of PHP will read the first line as a PHP command and not an xml file declaration. To remedy this I will wrap the line of xml code into a PHP echo command. This will be released in 0.9.1

  3. macguru2000
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    Posted 3 years ago #

    There is a bug in CataBlog 0.9.1 that might cause page failures. Please upgrade immediately to version 0.9.2. Version 0.9.1 should be considered a dead version and never used.

  4. kristel_ttm
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    There is a small issue with the title in the lightbox not showing.
    And since the update browsing the lightbox (clicking next or previous) is not properly working. Sometimes it 'hangs' and I need to close the lightbox. I am using firefox.

    http://www.djpromo.nl/wordpress/?page_id=942

  5. macguru2000
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    Posted 3 years ago #

    The "Buy Now" button shows for all catalog items, even once with a price of zero. This is a new bug in version 0.9.2. The planned fix will include a second text box of code in the view panel for the "Buy Now" button. That code will only be rendered if the price of the catalog item is above zero. The other less safe option would be to evaluate the layout code in PHP and let user's enter their own PHP tags in the view code. While this is a more flexible option, it also is more dangerous because the plugin would be evaluating user input code. Unless there is a lot of people who want the code evaluation I will be making a second box.

    - Zach

  6. kristel_ttm
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    There is also something that changed since the update to 0.9.2 which I did not notice at first: the paragraphs in my items' description are gone :(

  7. macguru2000
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    Posted 3 years ago #

    My guess is that the hard returns are showing in the description text area on the admin edit item page but not on the actual blog page you inserted CataBlog into. Well Just one more little fix, seriously this one was simple, for the upcoming release. Thanks for the heads up. Cheers!

    - Zach

  8. kristel_ttm
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Updated to 0.9.3 and works fine now. Conditional Paypal button as well!
    Thank you very much for your full support.

  9. bobcouttie
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    I think this is a bug with thumbnails. There is a problem, or appears to be, if there is an apostrophe in the item title - the thumbnail refuses to show. For instance: "The Case of the Cygnet's Kiss" results in a thumnail "the-case-of-the-cygnet%e2%80%99s-kiss-1288411936.jpg", which appears to be unreadable.

  10. macguru2000
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    Posted 3 years ago #

    Hi bobcouttie,

    First off, thank you for your bug report, I appreciated the time taken to help make CataBlog a better plugin. I found the issue, fixed it, and now the new version (0.9.5) does not have problems when you enter an apostrophe into an item's title. Thanks again and if you upgrade please read my blog posting about the steps required.

    Old Database Removed in Version 0.9.5

    - Zach

  11. kristel_ttm
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Hi Zach,

    I am afraid I will be annoying you again with my catablog issue.
    I followed the procedure and exported my database before upgrading. But impossible to import it now. I get an 'empty' import console screen. What's next ? Shall I email you the xml somehwere ?

  12. bobcouttie
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Thanks for responding, Zach. I found the same thing happened with dashes. I have, however, had a problem with the upgrade suggested. Although, yes, I get the red warning but when I go to the options page and click export nothing happens.

    For the meantime I've gone back to the earlier version of Catablog.

    I like the blog in a lot and I'm sure this blip will get sorted.

  13. macguru2000
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    Posted 3 years ago #

    Hi Everyone,

    Thanks for your questions and votes of confidence in finding fixes.

    kristel,
    if you could email me the XML export file at zac@illproductions.net I will take a look and try importing it myself to see what I get. Thanks

    bobcouttie,
    I am not sure why the export button is not working for you? Does a file download at all? If so what are the contents of the file? If the file does not download what version of CataBlog are you upgrading from? Does FireBug or any other web console/debug tool display a message or anything when you try to export?

    Thanks again guys, look forward to helping you out.
    Cheers,

    Zach

  14. macguru2000
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    Posted 3 years ago #

    Everyone,

    Version 0.9.6 has a syntax error in it that stops it from being activated, I have fixed this bug in version 0.9.6.1. Please avoid CataBlog 0.9.6. Thanks

    - Zach

  15. 3mealsaday
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    Posted 3 years ago #

    Zach & all,

    The new version is working fine except for the filter. I can only get [catablog] to display everything. When I try to use [catablog tag=Light] for example I get no data. Light is a category in the new version.

    Please advise.

    Thanks

  16. macguru2000
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    Posted 3 years ago #

    3mealsaday,

    Can you please try using the updated shortcode syntax since version 0.9.5, which is [catablog category="Light"] and see if that helps. If it still doesn't work can you please email me your WordPress and server information, like versions, os, php extensions, other plugins and anything else you can think of at zac@illproductions.net.

    Hope that fixes it,
    - Zach

  17. papafrankc
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Zach,
    I'm using Catablog to create a site with over 700 Catalog items in about 47 categories. So far it's working just great. Here's a link to the site so you can see Catablog in action: http://stevedgo.ipower.com/cat/

    I have one small issue with trying to Delete a Category. The entry is "Plaques-Signs-Sayings-Wordart" I believe the problem is with the exact length of this entry.
    When I put the cursor over this entry, the DELETE option shows up on the line below the entry. When I move the cursor over the DELETE option, it chooses the line below the one I want to Delete. So I am unable to delete the one that I really want to delete.
    I have been able to Delete catalog entries that are Shorter and Longer, but not this one.
    I'm using IE 8 but have tried it also in Firefox with the same results.
    I have upgraded to 1.1.7 and it's still the same.

    Thanks for looking into this and thanks for such a great product.
    Frank

  18. papafrankc
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Zach,
    A comment on vers 1.1.7. This version must process the images differently because when I click on "Catablog" in Admin, it is very very slow in loading my over 700 pictures. Maybe 30-45 seconds before I can choose an image to process.

    This is not workable for me as I have to finish processing my 700+ images for my catalog.

    So I have re-installed version 1.1 and it is working fine, just as it used to before. It loads the images really quick and I am able to work as before.

    Thanks
    Frank

  19. macguru2000
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    Posted 3 years ago #

    Thank you for your input regarding CataBlog. I appreciate the time and effort everyone takes to help make CataBlog a better plugin. It would seem you had two problems to report.

    1. If the category name is just the right length then you can't delete it.
    2. Catalog list in Admin takes too long to render 700 items

    Now I haven't had a chance to fix the category name blocking the delete link issue since I have been concentrating on other features and bugs. A fix most likely will be integrated into the upcoming 1.2 version release, since it should be relatively easy to fix.

    As far as the version 1.1.7 being much slower then version 1.1 at displaying 700 catalog items, I am not surprised. 1.1.7 was a beta release and low and behold had some pretty nasty bugs. One such bug was that WordPress was individually fetching each item's categories, making a list of 700 items require over 700 database queries. Very very bad, got that one fixed in 1.1.8 which was just released.

    In an effort to make the Admin catalog list load faster I also incorporated some JavaScript to lazy load the thumbnail images. Instead of loading all images when the page is loaded it only loads the images that are visible. This script was doing a lot of calculation when you scrolled the browser window, I fixed this by caching the list of images to lazy load into one array and manipulating that array directly. This dramatically reduced the amount of memory the page required and made scrolling seem smoother to me.

    All in all, if you are adventurous, I would look into possibly installing CataBlog 1.1.8, otherwise wait for the upcoming new stable release.

  20. papafrankc
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Zach,

    Thanks for fixing the slow image loading problem. I upgraded my test site to 1.1.8 and the image loading is OK with no problems.

    I then went ahead and edited some of my entries by adding images to some of my previous entries. All the editing went OK, however when I went to my live test site, no entries showed up for any page that had [catablog category='??????']. The only page that showed my entries was the one that had [catablog]. It showed all of my 700+ entries OK.

    So I switched back to 1.1 and everything was OK, including my recent image updates. Just to be sure I then reloaded 1.1.8 and the problem is still there. So I went back to 1.1 and everything works fine. I will leave 1.1 installed until you make a change or put out a stable version.

    In spite of these few glitches, Catablog is a great product and it is the heart of my application.

    Thanks,
    Frank

  21. macguru2000
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    Posted 3 years ago #

    papafrankc,

    I'm not sure if you noticed but 1.1.9 is now available. This version should let you filter your original, as in pre CataBlog 1.1.8, categories as well as any new ones you make. I deeply appreciate you taking your time to test CataBlog on your test server, if you have any spare time I would love to hear your feed back about this new version. Cheers,

    - Zach

  22. papafrankc
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Zach,

    I just loaded 1.1.9 and it does the same thing as 1.1.8. The filtering doesn't work. I reloaded 1.1 and everything works fine.

    Question: To upload a new version like 1.1.9, I just copy the 1.1.9 Catablog directory to my test site. This overwrites the older 1.1 files. Is there anything else that I need to do so do an upgrade?

    Thanks
    Frank

  23. macguru2000
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    Posted 3 years ago #

    You should probably be disabling the plugin before overwriting it and then re enabling the plugin after you overwrite it. Did you also try the filters in the Admin section, on the main CataBlog list page you may filter your catalog with a drop down menu, I assume that does not work either? Thanks for testing for me.

  24. papafrankc
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    I deactivated Catablog 1.1
    I uploaded 1.1.9
    I activated 1.1.9

    The filtering on my test site does NOT work.
    The filtering on the Admin Catablog page DOES work.

    I have a feeling I'm doing something wrong or missing a step but I can't think of what it is?

  25. macguru2000
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    Posted 3 years ago #

    Can you verify for me that the category in your ShortCode is exactly the same (case sensitive) as the CataBlog category name you want. Spaces, hyphens, underscores and any numbers along with upper and lower case letter much match the category name exactly. Thanks.

  26. papafrankc
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    I have 41 categories such as this one: [catablog category='Candle Holders']
    I have 41 pages that contain 1 each different shortcode. The formatting is the same for all of them.

    I have not changed any of the categories or shortcodes since I first created them. They work as is in version 1.1 and do not work in 1.1.8 or 1.1.9

    If you would like access to my test site for troubleshooting just send me an email at: papafrankc@gmail.com

  27. macguru2000
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    Posted 3 years ago #

    Hi papafrankc

    So I tried to reproduce the error you are getting and could not, these are the steps that I tried.

    00. Fresh WordPress Install with the standard theme unit test data loaded.
    01. Create new category in the standard post categories named 'Candle Holders'.
    02. Install CataBlog 1.1
    03. Import a test CSV file for items and add matching images to catablog uploads folder
    04. Regenerate all images
    05. Create new CataBlog category named 'Candle Holders' and add an item to it, this category is corrupt.
    06. Check that the admin list filter works for new 'Candle Holders' category.
    07. Check that the filter works with the CataBlog ShortCode.
    08. Deactivate CataBlog plugin
    09. Replace catablog in plugins folder with version 1.1.9
    10. Activate CataBlog
    11. Check that the admin list filter works for 'Candle Holders' category.
    12. Check that the filter works with the CataBlog ShortCode.

    When I do these steps everything works as expected. Even though CataBlog 1.1 created a corrupted category, 1.1.9 is able to use it. I consider the category corrupted because one term has been placed into two taxonomies. This is bad. I am unsure if you have categories with matching names in both your standard post taxonomy and your CataBlog taxonomy. If you do then most likely these categories are corrupted and you should do an export of your catalog and then reimport your catalog. This action should not replace or touch any of your image files and will only replace the CataBlog rows in your database. This action will also clear all corrupted categories and recreate new categories with proper unique slugs. If you could try this on your test server that would be really really awesome. Thanks again

  28. papafrankc
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    I found the problem and am now running on 1.1.9 just fine.

    You actually gave me the answer in the previous reply and I didn't check it out thoroughly enough:
    "Can you verify for me that the category in your ShortCode is exactly the same (case sensitive) as the CataBlog category name you want." When I had looked at one of my shortcodes, it happened to match correctly. However I didn't check them all. And also everytime I went back to 1.1 everything worked OK. So I assumed that case sensitivity was not a problem. Appanently it is not case-sensitive in 1.1 but it is case-sensitive in 1.1.9.

    I just finished updating my 40 shortcodes to match the category names EXACTLY. I had previously used capital letters at the beginning of each Category name. Now that the shortcodes match the category names.....I'm good to go.

    Thanks for your time in helping me to figure out what I did wrong. Hopefully this will help others to avoid this mistake.

    Frank

  29. macguru2000
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    Posted 3 years ago #

    I'm very glad to hear we found the solution to the bug. I decided to make the category value in the ShortCode case sensitive incase someone wanted a Dog and a dog category. Why someone would want that I am unsure. Any thoughts on my decission? The case sensitivity will obviously be documented when I do the real release. Thanks for your help and time in this matter.

  30. papafrankc
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    My first thought is that case sensitivity should not be needed. I would think that using 26 letters plus numbers should be enough for anyones database.
    e.g. dog, dog2, dog3, dog4........dog9999 I think 10,000 dog categories would probably be enough.

    Not having to worry about case sensitivity when creating category names and shortcodes would eliminate possible errors.

    I can't think of any reason why someone would need Dog and dog. I think it would add a layer of complexity for no obvious benefit. But this is just my opinion. Maybe some of your other users will have a different view on the matter?

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