Run Forrest Run!

"Run Forrest Run" – do you remember that scene from the movie Forrest Gump? Well, that seems to be the trend nowadays with government agencies running away from costly entreprise solutions towards more open source software because it is, well, free.  Luckily, Forrest Gump unshackles himself from his polio braces and breaks free; and so so did many government agencies. In ...


Some stocking stuffers for your Publisher deployment

Recently we found a client's aging Publisher deployment started becoming forgetful. Well maybe not so much forgetful, but exhibiting the advanced symptoms of dementia! We were finding that free memory in their deployment was consistently finding itself hovering at about 1% of total memory. This fact lead us to continually bump up the maximum memory setting for the JVM running publisher as band-aid type solution to this mystery. This went on for a while until finally we were pegged at the maximum we could allocate, 1.5Gb and still we found ourselves at 1% free memory. In an attempt to get a...


Publisher is up but it's sort of down.

An instance of Publisher that I had a chance to touch recently went down with a puzzling exception and unknown cause. What better way to liven up the day of your friendly neighborhood portal than a vague and somewhat unexplained service error for a component of your deployment that has not given you any trouble since the day you installed it.

A few triage details:

  • Publisher Explorer is loading and navigating the folders is possible.


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Thawing a Frozen Publisher Explorer

Recently a client came to me with a problem where Publisher Explorer was freezing up on them while they were attempting to edit a particular content item. The first thing that we tried was to copy the content item to see if the copy was still behaving badly. It was and  the copy of the content item was also causing Publisher Explorer to freeze (we copied the problem over as well...um duh?). While tinkering, I did notice that the content item would open just fine and that you could scroll up and down without issue, that is until you focused on a particular field. In this case it was "body...


Import Content into Publisher

These are exciting times with Aqualogic (ALI) and its direction as a Portal technology after Oracle's acquisition of BEA Systems.  Some of our ALI clients have decided to migrate off ALI's Content Management System (CMS), Publisher, and adopt a different platform; e.g. Adobe Contribute. While others are embracing the new Portal CMS Web Center Interaction stack, more specifically, Universal Content Management (UCM) as a Publisher alternative as they migrate from their existing CMS; e.g. ...


Deploying Publisher in Production

There is a major change that you need to make to the configuration of Publisher before deploying it into production and it is a change that is overlooked in a lot of ALUI deployments. When you install Publisher, it is not set up to use as much memory as a production instance of Publisher should use. Making this change is easy though, as the recommended configuration settings are actually in the config files, but are commented out. In order to make the change, open up the service.conf file in the ptcs/6.x/settings/config directory and find the following section:

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