[LON-CAPA-admin] New Testing Version released

H. K. Ng hkng at fsu.edu
Wed May 30 10:22:58 EDT 2007

Hi Guy,

This version (specifically, lonmaxima) requires Expect.pm which in 
turn requires IO::Tty. I did a yum update and yum install 
LONCAPA-prerequisites but the two modules were not included. After 
manually installing the two modules, it seems to run ok. Should the 
two modules be included in the LONCAPA-prerequisites?


At 10:11 PM 5/24/2007, you wrote:
>New Testing Version Released
>We are currently running this version at MSU.
>I expect to make this into a 2.4.0 next week.
>Notable Changes from 2.3:
>- ability to download a zip file of all student file submissions to a
>    homework problem
>- <Task>
>    - has some example templates
>    - documentation describing usage
>    - Edit mode works
>    - fully testable in CSTR
>- students can view previous submissions
>- interface now defaults to icons instead of the 4-letter buttons
>   (also 4-letter buttons cleaned up to look prettier) and words can
>    be turned off to make a more compact interface
>- more distibutions supported: SuSE 10.2, RHEL5
>- hosts.tab/domain/tab now served by networked 'name servers' allowing
>   for faster updates to cluster topology
>- domain preferences can be changed interactively, and without
>   submitting for next release (images, colors, logos autoenrollment
>   settings)
>- computer algebra system maxima available to homeowkr problems,
>    - added tags <mathresponse> <mathhint> to use maxima for grading
>    - <formularesponse> without sample points uses maxima to grade formulas
>- new tag <customhint> for deciding on showing hints
>- numerical/formula response's multianswermode, available in Edit mode
>- page annotations work with enc'ed urls
>- uploading of html file to portfolio prompts the user for embedded resources
>- messaging
>    - critcal message transferred to Inbox as read
>    - CC and BCC possible in messages, and easily included on replies
>    - Sent mail folder shows who it was sent to (rather than the sender)
>    - users with priveldge can dissable to ability to eeasily reply to
>      a message
>    - specify a reply-to address
>    - email forwarding more configurable
>    - users with privledge can archive any message from or to the student
>      to the student's record
>    - emailed excerpts can optionally allow HTML
>- SPRS can ask directely about the value of specific parameters
>- receipts vary for all parts in all multipart problems
>- use " in titles of resources works correctly
>- when printing labels for ranodomlabels were showing up in 
>incorrect locations
>- communication blocks apply to emailed excerpts for non critical messages
>- if student photos enabled, they show up in discussion, and course messages
>- fixed bug that prevented display of parameters showing in calendar
>To install this update:
>1) You will need to be running Fedora Core 5 or 6, RHEL (AS|ES) 4 or 5,
>    SUSE 9.3 10.1 or 10.2, SLES 9 or 10
>      (Fedora Core 4 should continue to work but is deprecated.)
>2) If running Fedora or RHEL 5, 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 9.3 or SLES 9, you will need to use yast remove
>        and readd the lon-capa repository source and then force the update of
>        LONCAPA-prerequisites
>     If running SUSE 10.1 or SLES 10, use rug to update your machine.
>     if running RHEL 4, use up2date to update your machine.
>3) Download the new LON-CAPA tarball from
>wget http://install.lon-capa.org/versions/loncapa-
>and untar it
>tar xzvf loncapa-
>4) stop the Lon-CAPA system services
>/etc/rc.d/init.d/loncontrol stop
>5) stop the webserver:
>/etc/rc.d/init.d/httpd stop
>/etc/init.d/apache stop
>SUSE 10.1/SLES 10:
>/etc/init.d/apache2 stop
>6) Run the UPDATE script as root
>cd loncapa-
>7) restart the Lon-CAPA system services
>/etc/rc.d/init.d/loncontrol start
>8) restart the webserver:
>/etc/rc.d/init.d/httpd start
>/etc/init.d/apache start
>SUSE 10.1,2/SLES 10:
>/etc/init.d/apache2 start
>1) Many questions are answered at http://help.lon-capa.org
>2) Defects reports, and enhancements requests can be entered at
>    http://bugs.lon-capa.org
>3) Mailing lists can be joined and left at http://mail.lon-capa.org
>guy at albertelli.com   0-7-0-9-27,137
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