[LON-CAPA-announce] New Version 2.4.0

Guy Albertelli II guy@albertelli.com
Sat, 9 Jun 2007 13:43:35 -0400 (EDT)

New Version 2.4.0 Released

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
- 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
    If running SUSE 10.2, 10.1 or SLES 10, use rug to update your machine.
    if running RHEL 4, use up2date to update your machine.

3) After updating check that you have version 1-9 of
   LONCAPA-prerequisities installed

rpm -q LONCAPA-prerequisites

4) Download the new LON-CAPA tarball from
wget http://install.lon-capa.org/versions/loncapa-2.4.0.tar.gz

and untar it

tar xzvf loncapa-2.4.0.tar.gz

5) stop the Lon-CAPA system services

/etc/rc.d/init.d/loncontrol stop

6) 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

7) Run the UPDATE script as root
cd loncapa-2.4.0

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

9) 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
3) Mailing lists can be joined and left at http://mail.lon-capa.org

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