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Contact Form For Mephisto updated for Drax 0.8

Mephisto Drax (version 0.8) introduces breaking changes for plugins. I’ve just finished updating the contact / feedback form plugin. It’s now working fine and tests passing.

Installation instructions are the same as before except that the ‘contact_notifier’ has moved from the ‘lib’ directory to the ‘app’ directory. It still needs to be updated to include your destination email address for contact mails.

If you’re a Mephisto plug-in developer, you might be interested in checking out my post on migrating Mephisto plugins to Drax. It’s based on my experiences with the contact_form.


Migrating Mephisto Plugins to Drax 0.8


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  1. James,

    I tried to install the contact form plugin, but after restart my server hosted on mediatemple stopped working (502 Bad Gateway). I removed the plugin, but getting this error (see below).
    Do you think it may be related to the plugin? I run ruby 1.8.5 and installed the new version of the plugin in vendors/plugin via ssh.

    application failed to start, check /home/14802/containers/rails/cirrus/log/mongrel.log for errors return code: 8 output: ** Ruby version is not up-to-date; loading cgi_multipart_eof_fix /home/14802/data/rubygems/gems/gems/mongrel-1.1.1-mswin32/bin/../lib/ /home/14802/data/rubygems/gems/gems/mongrel-1.1.1-mswin32/bin/../lib/ invalid ELF header – /home/14802/data/rubygems/gems/gems/mongrel-1.1.1-mswin32/bin/../lib/ (LoadError) from /home/14802/data/rubygems/local/lib/site_ruby/1.8/rubygems/custom_require.rb:32:in `require’ from /home/14802/data/rubygems/gems/gems/mongrel-1.1.1-mswin32/bin/../lib/mongrel.rb:16 from /home/14802/data/rubygems/local/lib/site_ruby/1.8/rubygems/custom_require.rb:32:in `gem_original_require’ from /home/14802/data/rubygems/local/lib/site_ruby/1.8/rubygems/custom_require.rb:32:in `require’ from /home/14802/data/rubygems/gems/gems/mongrel-1.1.1-mswin32/bin/mongrel_rails:11 from /home/14802/data/rubygems/gems/bin/mongrel_rails:16:in `load’ from /home/14802/data/rubygems/gems/bin/mongrel_rails:16

  2. Hi Maksym, not 100% sure, but I think you may need to upgrade to ruby 1.8.6. James

  3. Michael

    Thanks for the great plugin. Just wanted to post a followup since I’m using Rails 2.2.2, Ruby 1.8.6 and received “error outputting tainted string” while sending emails. I corrected by introducing the helpers round the output as such:

    From: )

  4. Michael

    Looks like my last post didn’t show the code, but if anyone has the same issue, update /vendor/gems/plugins/mephisto_contact_form/app/views/contact_notifier/contact_notification.rhtml/erb

    and wrap output expressions with the “h” helper.

  5. Hi Michael,

    Sorry for the outdated info here, I’ve actually moved the contact form plugin code across to github..

    The last commit was actually fixing the tainted string issue 🙂

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