In combination with the Android App Wordpress for Android the current version of Polylang (v.1.6.5) does not show pages, posts and comments on those in any other language than the one the app on android is in.

Within the polylang support forum a workaround is suggested to fix this:


vim wp-content/plugins/polylang/frontend/frontend.php

Add the following line to the function parse_query:

  public function parse_query($query) {
    $qv = $query->query_vars;

+ if(defined('XMLRPC_REQUEST')) $qv['lang']='';


This is about exporting existing wordpress content out of the silo into single markdown files for further processing. The original intention for this was to be used in Octopress.

Using exitwp you can convert your posts from Wordpress to Markdown files. I needed to apply a patch because the script was running into an error when using it to the exported file from Wordpress version 3.3.1:

$ python exitwp.py
reading: wordpress-xml/blog.xml
Traceback (most recent call last):
File "exitwp.py", line 296, in
File "exitwp.py", line 61, in parse_wp_xml
File "/usr/lib/python2.6/xml/etree/ElementTree.py", line 586, in parse
File "/usr/lib/python2.6/xml/etree/ElementTree.py", line 1245, in feed
self._parser.Parse(data, 0)
xml.parsers.expat.ExpatError: unbound prefix: line 107, column 1

The fix for this I found in the comments of the git-hub issue-log:

View file @ 086b379 ...  ... @@ -53,7 +53,7 @@ def parse_wp_xml(file):
  53    53   'content':"{http://purl.org/rss/1.0/modules/content/}",
  54    54   'wfw':"{http://wellformedweb.org/CommentAPI/}",
  55    55   'dc':"{http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/}",
  56       - 'wp':"{http://wordpress.org/export/1.2/}",
  56       + 'wp':"{http://wordpress.org/export/1.1/}",
  57    57   'atom':"{http://www.w3.org/2005/Atom}"
  58    58   }
  59    59

After that I had plenty of markdown files to play with...


After taking a backup of all images, it was time working on them.

The photo tag plug-in uses a default name for a thumbnail which differs in an extension in the filename by a tailing _m.

Create thumbnails for all files:

for i in `find -type f`; do extension=`echo ${i##*.}`; cp ${i} ${i//.${extension}/_m.${extension}}; done

Resize all Thumbnails:

# Double the images
cd _posts
for i in `find -type f`; do extension=`echo ${i##*.}`; cp ${i} ${i//.${extension}/_m.${extension}}; done

Create a smaller thumbnail (exiftool needed)

$ for i in `find -type f`; do
  # converts all pictures that are bigger to a width of 320 pixels.
  if [[ `exiftool "${i}" | grep -e '^Image Width' | awk '{ print $4 }'` -gt "320" ]]; then convert "${i}" -scale 320 "${i}"; fi

# Alternative
find -type f -iname '*_m.*' -exec if [[ `et "{}" | grep -e '^Image Width' | awk '{ print $4 }'` -gt "320" ]]; then convert "{}" -scale 320 "{}"; fi \;


There's quite a critical error when you fuck it up and that will cost you hours to find (unless you're good in Chinese):

At one point when I tried to generate the HTML output with rake generate I got the error message:

$ rake generate
## Generating Site with Jekyll
overwrite source/stylesheets/screen.css
/usr/share/ruby-rvm/gems/ruby-1.9.3-p194/gems/maruku-0.6.0/lib/maruku/input/parse_doc.rb:22:in `<top (required)>': iconv will be deprecated in the future, use String#encode instead.
Configuration from .../_config.yml
Building site: source -> public
/usr/share/ruby-rvm/rubies/ruby-1.9.3-p194/lib/ruby/1.9.1/psych.rb:203:in `parse': (<unknown>): did not find expected key while parsing a block mapping at line 2 column 1 (Psych::SyntaxError)
  from /usr/share/ruby-rvm/rubies/ruby-1.9.3-p194/lib/ruby/1.9.1/psych.rb:203:in `parse_stream'
  from /usr/share/ruby-rvm/rubies/ruby-1.9.3-p194/lib/ruby/1.9.1/psych.rb:151:in `parse'
  from /usr/share/ruby-rvm/rubies/ruby-1.9.3-p194/lib/ruby/1.9.1/psych.rb:127:in `load'
  from /usr/share/ruby-rvm/gems/ruby-1.9.3-p194/gems/jekyll-0.11.2/lib/jekyll/convertible.rb:33:in `read_yaml'
  from /usr/share/ruby-rvm/gems/ruby-1.9.3-p194/gems/jekyll-0.11.2/lib/jekyll/post.rb:39:in `initialize'
  from ../plugins/preview_unpublished.rb:23:in `new'
  from ../plugins/preview_unpublished.rb:23:in `block in read_posts'
  from ../plugins/preview_unpublished.rb:21:in `each'
  from ../plugins/preview_unpublished.rb:21:in `read_posts'
  from /usr/share/ruby-rvm/gems/ruby-1.9.3-p194/gems/jekyll-0.11.2/lib/jekyll/site.rb:128:in `read_directories'
  from /usr/share/ruby-rvm/gems/ruby-1.9.3-p194/gems/jekyll-0.11.2/lib/jekyll/site.rb:98:in `read'
  from /usr/share/ruby-rvm/gems/ruby-1.9.3-p194/gems/jekyll-0.11.2/lib/jekyll/site.rb:38:in `process'
  from /usr/share/ruby-rvm/gems/ruby-1.9.3-p194/gems/jekyll-0.11.2/bin/jekyll:250:in `<top (required)>'
  from /usr/share/ruby-rvm/gems/ruby-1.9.3-p194/bin/jekyll:19:in `load'
  from /usr/share/ruby-rvm/gems/ruby-1.9.3-p194/bin/jekyll:19:in `<main>'
  from /usr/share/ruby-rvm/gems/ruby-1.9.3-p194/bin/ruby_noexec_wrapper:14:in `eval'
  from /usr/share/ruby-rvm/gems/ruby-1.9.3-p194/bin/ruby_noexec_wrapper:14:in `<main>'

You've got literally almost no chance of guessing what's the problem here. The issue will be in one of your articles. This article in chinese pointed me in the right direction. I've recently added some categories to some posts and use the wrong syntax to do so.

Instead of this syntax (the right one):

* Tech
* Life

I've used this one (the wrong one):

Categories: Tech, Life

It's enough to have this in only one post or markdown file to let you run into this error. Fix that and run rake generate again. Then it should be fine again.