I am still using the Octopress 2 framework for the website. This has been challenging as the dependencies for old obsolete software gets harder and harder to satisfy. However, it appears that I have succeed again for at least the Catalina release of macOS.
I found out I had a problem when I went to fix Disqus which had moved to
https:// protocol. I found the files named disqus.html which had
http:// and changed it to
https:// but I was unable to regenerate the code due to a failure of the Octopress tool to run.
due to the yajl-ruby which won’t build under later rubies.
My already built ruby-2.2.10 would not run because the openssl 1.0 version that had been linked in had disappeared (either due to Catalina or my migration to a new MacBook Pro.) Rebuilding ruby with
did not work nor did
did not work since the openssl was version 1.1.
After a fair bit of false steps, the successful approach was built around Chris Hobb’s December 3, 2019 solution (for RVM) posted on Stack Overflow.
First follow his steps (repeated here) to install openssl 1.0.2 by downloading openssl 1.0.2 from https://www.openssl.org/source/, and then building and installing it with
1 2 3 4 5 6
and then adapting to
ruby-install approach, build ruby 2.2.10
Then going to the directory where I have the blog system and having previously deleted
Gemfile.lock, I re-ran the install of gems into the
Of course, in making this post, I issue
Catalina has moved to using zsh instead of bash for its default shell. Having taken the plunge, I found out that square brackets are used differently in zsh. I was able to escape them to continue working:
Thanks to Qihuan Piao for this hint.
One less groan
Evidently the version of pigments used does not know about
zsh so the code blocks have to be marked as
bash instead of
Time to think about a supported framework. Perhaps a migration to the modern version of Jekyll or a broader research into other static site tools that allow markdown content.