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h1. What is Pimki ?
I like Pimki because it's a lightweight wiki, easy to setup, and quite straightforward to use. I'm using it to mix technical and non-technical teams knowledge, operational procedures, write-ups, internal blogging. It works very well in my typical configuration (10 to 25 users on a daily basis).
I've been installing it a couple of times, so I thought I would share some possible steps to install it.
h1. Getting Pimki up and running
* install ruby (one click installer, http://rubyforge.org/projects/rubyinstaller/)
* install cygwin (http://www.cygwin.com/, setup.exe), including the Admin/cygrunsrv package
* install pimki with: gem install pimki --include-dependencies
* configure pimki to run as a service using this command line
Of course you have many other possibilities to run something as a service under windows. I found out that Cygwin has been very reliable for that purpose (it never failed once since I installed it), althought it can seem a bit overkill at first sight.
h1. Setting up a back-up
The data which comes in quickly becomes valuable, so you'll want to set up a back-up.
Once you have Ruby, you also get Rake, which I'm using a lot to achieve reliable scripting (unlike dos commands, error handling is implicit; and reusability is a lot better).
Given the fact that Pimki stores its data as 'snapshots' on the disk (using an in-memory ORM), the backup is very easy to write.
Next step is to automate the task: I just plug it in one of my favourites continuous integration server which is usually already in place for the development (or one can use any other scheduling system).
As I write in my command prompt "gem install pimki --include-dependencies" I receive an error: "ERROR: could not find gem pimki locally or in a repository".
I downloaded the latest release of pimki but where exactly is the pimki file needed for the installation?
I'm not sure why it's failing. Are you running Windows ? On Windows, with ruby 1.8.5, the gem install command works on my machine today... That could be caused by some proxy issue maybe.
You may also want to have a look at http://pbwiki.com if you want a free, hosted version, or http://www.dokuwiki.org/ which is less lightweight but still simple to install.
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