[LON-CAPA-announce] New Version 2.5.1 Released

Guy Albertelli II guy@albertelli.com
Fri, 7 Sep 2007 20:44:38 -0400

New Version 2.5.1 Released

This is a bugfix release.

Notable Changes from 2.5.0:
- support creating author accounts with @ in the username
- krb5 authentication errors logged to lond.log
- if cloning is requested, but not allowed, Create Course doesn't
  create an empty course, and displays a error message
- PGRD of a radiobutton response shows the student's answer correctly
- IMS import into a course works correctly
- time intervals set for resource in the top level map show the course
  name rather than the string 'default.sequence'
- fixes to how the permanant email is set when modfying a user
- improvements to user search
- add user search type 'begins with'
- enroll a single student now uses the user searching mechanism
- clicker grading handles mutliple users with same clicker id and
  ignores ex-students
- .html with lon-capa custom tags in it could leave xml parser unclean
- plots allow settable linewidths
- German translation updated
- Fedora 7's perl-Cache-Memcached was not properly detecting memcached restarts

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-2.5.1.tar.gz

and untar it

tar xzvf loncapa-2.5.1.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-2.5.1

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
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