[LON-CAPA-dev] out there

Guy Albertelli II lon-capa-dev@mail.lon-capa.org
Mon, 11 Dec 2006 18:34:07 -0500 (EST)

Hi All,

New Testing Version Released

This release likely shouldn't be installed on live production
machines, but if you have a testing environment setup.

I'd really like to see it installed and poked at this week.

Notable Changes:

- German translation updated
- Portfolio Documented
- Slots Documented
- Course Catalog
- users can reset password on internal authenticated account if they
  have an email address set
- robot scripts can now easily walk and access the data of a course
- BridgeTask XML more flexible and easier to use
- unit of curie (CI) added
- can have multiple correct answers for a numericalresponse or formularesponse
- numerical/formularesponse can have unordered answers 
- reactionresponse supports voltaic cell notation
- group portfolio files available on the course aboutme scren
- communication blocks can also affect discussion, porfolio, chat
  and blogs now
- PORT quota can be configured by Domain Coordinator for course group
  total usage and individual users
- groups can be deleted and undeleted
- DOCS actions logged
- PARM and DOCS logs can be searched for terms
- usernames, domains, hostids can contain . and -
- confirmation required on deletion of posts
- course configured metadata fields can be ordered and removed
- portfolio files can be searched for
- can delete and rename message folders
- headers on printouts can be configured
- more types of access possibilities for portfolio files
  (user, course or domain based)
- in construction space, can retrieve old published metadata,
  directory listing shows when metadata is changed but unpublished

To install this update:

1) You will need to be running Fedora Core 4 or 5, RHEL (AS|ES) 4,
   SUSE 9.3 or 10.1, SLES 9 or 10
     (Fedora Core 3 should continue to work but is deprecated.)

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 9.3 or SLES 9, use you to update your machine.
    If running SUSE 10.1 or SLES 10, use rug 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-

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 9.X /SLES 10.1:
/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

guy@albertelli.com   0-7-1-6-27,137