[LON-CAPA-dev] New Testing Release

Guy Albertelli II lon-capa-dev@mail.lon-capa.org
Fri, 30 Nov 2007 23:42:42 -0500

New Testing Version Released

This is a testing release for upcoming version 2.6

This release is not ready for installation on production servers. 
However if you have a development machine please give it test.

Notable Changes from 2.5.X:

- institutional ID and usernames rules can be enforced during user
- timezone can be a course wide specification
- updated mimeTeX, jsMath, jMol
- support for problems in exam mode that need multiple bubble lines
  for bubbled response
- improved layout of grading screens
- click on image supported in .page and in multiresponse parts 
  (user clicks on image and then clicks submit to submit click answer)
- click on image supports multiple <foils> in one response
- support resource specific and course wide time-limits 
  (in addition to the folder wide time-limits that already existed)
- problem status can bet set to change display of status to show:
    - malformed answer status (incorrect sigfigs etc) while still
      hiding correctness
    - correct answer when max tries exceeded
- EditXML and HTML editing now automatically size the textarea to fit
  the browser window (no dual scrollbars in these screens)
- <languageblock> is deprecated in favor of new
  <translated>/<lang> mechanism
- New WYSIWYG editor should work in more browsers
- Domain Coordinators can configure
    - allowed authentication types 
    - email addresses used to send helpdesk on internal
      error/update/status emails to
    - what roles can search institutional directories
- DC, Authors and CCs can generate filtered, sorted, listings of
  applicable existing users in HTML/CSV/Excel
- DC can update student names/IDs in all courses
- resources in a folder can be set to be shown in random order for
- improved German translation
- <gnuplot> labels supports 
            - <sup> and <sub> 
            - font size and family
            - some Greek symbols (only pi right now, others soon)
- <window> supports controlling the mime-type 
- better validation of a course and its use of conditions. Error
  messages are shown if multiple resources have the same mapalias.

To install this update:

1) You will need to be running Fedora Core 6, 7, or 8, RHEL (AS|ES) 4 or 5,
   SUSE 9.3 10.1 10.2 or 10.3, SLES 9 or 10, CentOS 5, Scientific Linux 5
     (Fedora Core 5 should continue to work but is deprecated.)

2) update to the latest LONCAPA-prerequisites 1-10 by following
   these directions:


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

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