[LON-CAPA-admin] New Testing Version Released

Guy Albertelli II guy at albertelli.com
Fri Dec 9 20:35:33 EST 2005

Hi All,

New Testing Version Released

I wouldn't suggest putting this on any production servers. But I would
really appreciate any testing people could do.

Notable Changes:
- <numericresponse> only allows numbers now (used to allow an odd
   subset of numeric expressions)
- <formularesponse> easier to work with when doing variableless expressions
- lonnotify  - DC can now send normal emails to classes of users to notify them of important events
- server timezone added to dates and times
- Switch server link no longer requires re logging in
- slots work with .problem
- hand graded problems now use the grading queue idea
- Bridge Task no longer need slots, have a better looking 'Done'
   output, revamped randomiztion allows for <instance> disabling,
   have usable CSTR mode
- new response type <customresponse>
- <externalresponse> is fully functional
- <displayduedate> can be formatted now
- printing of duedates understands parts
- can import BB6 pool and assement questions
- interface for slot mangement (editing, creating, deleting)
- selection interface improvements to printing for other users
- messages better about rembering which course they belong to, 
   and can sort by associated course
- courses can setup restrictions to what metadata values a user can
   specify for a portfolio item
- print screen presents list of recently created printouts
- can search and include NSDL resources
- search has better default sorting
- printing <table?s should look better
- Match::Complex and Math::Cephes::Matrix availble in problem safe space
- whatsnew is faster and can be configured for what information it

To install this update:

1) You will need to be running Fedora Core 2 or 3 or 4, RHEL ES 4, Suse 9.2

2) If running Fedora, use yum to update your machine and then install the
      LONCAPA-prerequisites (if not already installed).

yum update
yum install LONCAPA-prerequisites

    If running SuSe, use you to update your machine.
    if running RHEL, use up2date to update your machine.

3) Download the new LON-CAPA tarball from
wget http://install.lon-capa.org/versions/loncapa-2.0.1.tar.gz

and untar it

tar xzvf loncapa-2.0.1.tar.gz

4) Run the UPDATE script as root
cd loncapa-2.0.1

5) restart the Lon-CAPA system services
/etc/rc.d/init.d/loncontrol stop
/etc/rc.d/init.d/loncontrol start

6) restart the webserver:

Fedora/Red Hat Enterprise:
/etc/rc.d/init.d/httpd stop
/etc/rc.d/init.d/httpd start

/etc/init.d/apache stop
/etc/init.d/apache start

1) Many questions are answered at http://help.lon-capa.org
2) Defects reports, and enhancements requests can be entered at
3) Mailing lists can be joined and left at http://mail.lon-capa.org

guy at albertelli.com   0-7-1-8-27,137

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