[LON-CAPA-announce] New Version 2.5.0

Guy Albertelli II guy@albertelli.com
Wed, 15 Aug 2007 16:50:28 -0400

New Testing Version 2.5.0 Released

Notable Changes from 2.4:

- Clicker data input support 
   - i>clicker
   - interwrite PRS
- templates for multiple correct answer mode for numerical/formula response
- ability to link LON-CAPA user search/creation with institutional directory
- ability to search LON-CAPA for any existing users 
- bridgetask grading can be set to be limited by role's section
- DOCS updates 
   - added ability to edit external resources
   - paste buffer improved (doesn't reset on course re-initialization,
                            doesn't lose resource, works to move resources
                            from supplemental to main and back)
   - copy & paste on simple pages creates a real new simple page that is a copy
   - restoring deleted resources will always get the id right when
     multiples of the same resources were deleted
- custom role editor can apply templates from existing roles
- check all, uncheck all in resource browser to speed import of
  large numbers of resources
- student viewable class list 
   - can be set to opt in 
   - can show available files from student portfolios
- courses can set a default method for how math equations are displayed
- LON-CAPA style files can be applied to resources in CSTR for both
  print and web view
- custom rights can also set restrictions at the scope of a specific user
- resources can be set to only have the forward and backward buttons available
  when student view the resource
- randomized plots support Linear-Log, Log-Linear, Log-Log style plots

- more than 80 bugs fixed

To install this update:

1) You will need to be running Fedora Core 5, 6, or 7, RHEL (AS|ES) 4 or 5,
   SUSE 9.3 10.1 or 10.2, SLES 9 or 10, CentOS 5, Scientific Linux 5
     (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 to 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-2.5.0.tar.gz

and untar it

tar xzvf loncapa-2.5.0.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-2.5.0

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