[LON-CAPA-dev] New Testing Release

H.K. Ng lon-capa-dev@mail.lon-capa.org
Thu, 10 Jul 2008 14:39:30 -0400

I installed on the development server and so far I ran into 
one printing error (See message below.) -hk

! LaTeX Error: File `ucs.sty' not found.

Type X to quit or  to proceed,
or enter new name. (Default extension: sty)

Enter file name:
! Emergency stop.

l.3 \usepackage
End of file on the terminal!

At 05:10 PM 7/8/2008, you wrote:
>New Testing Version
>This is a testing release for upcoming version 2.7
>Installation of this release is recommended for development servers, not
>production servers. If you have a development machine you are invited to
>test it out.
>To use this release you need to have version 1-12 of
>LONCAPA-prerequisites installed. This new package, as well as some new
>dependencies, are available from the testing repositories found at:
>In a few days, to coincide with release of, these new
>packages will be added to the main LON-CAPA repositories for the
>various distros, so that updates/refreshes of yum/up2date/yast on
>production servers will pick up the new packages.
>If you do not currently have your development server(s) configured to
>use the testing repositories please refer to:
>The list of distros for which testing repos exist, as described in
>that November 2007 posting, has now been extended with the addition of
>SuSE 10.3 and Fedora 8. SuSE 9.3 will cease to be supported for
>LON-CAPA 2.7.  Although support for LON-CAPA 2.7 on Fedora 9 is
>planned, for now is not supported because of a LaTeX issue
>with that particular distro.
>Notable Changes from 2.6.3:
>Authoring resources
>- Choice of problem templates shown for new problems in Construction
>Space are organized by type/function.
>- Math renderer and language can be set when displaying problems in
>Construction space.
>- Maxima libraries are available for mathresponse and forumlaresponse
>problems which use the Maxima CAS.
>- Import of questions from a testbank file now supports import from
>files in RTF and HTML format (including embedded images) as well as
>plain text.
>- Users uploading HTML files containing embedded objects (images etc.)
>to Construction Space will be prompted to upload referenced files.
>- New units are available (c, cc, e, hbar, mph, rpm, pc).
>- An improved example of a mathresponse problem is provided.
>- New accessor functions provide access to submission, current part,
>and open date, due date and answer date in a format suitable for
>- The JME Molecular Editor is an updated version.
>- Publication of problems lacking response items is prohibited.
>Course Management
>- Recent role changes in a course are displayed on the What's New page.
>- The complete history of role changes in a course is available to a
>Course Coordinator.
>- A role switcher in a course's inline menu allows users with multiple
>roles in the course to choose a different role; Course Coordinators
>can choose any role currently assigned in the course.
>- Courses can be configured to allow students to self-enroll.
>- Modify Resource Parameters - Overview Mode can be used to shift all
>start and end date parameters in a course.
>- Individual courses can be excluded from display in the course catalog.
>- A timezone selector is available when choosing a timezone to be used
>for a course.
>- The timezone is displayed when setting access dates, enrollment dates etc.
>- Scantron format choices available for scantron grading are from the
>course's domain, instead of the domain of the server performing the
>- Comparisons can be generated of raw scantron data and submission
>records for previously graded scantron exams.
>- Locking prevents role changes and logout while scantron grading
>and/or printing are in progress, unless overridden by the user.
>- The grading interface now provides a free form data entry field for correct
>answers to clicker questions.
>Student interface
>- Users in domains with institutional authentication (Single Sign On,
>Kerberos or local authentication e.g., LDAP) can be authenticated if
>they do not have a LON-CAPA account and given the opportunity to
>create an account.
>- A pop-up Dragmath WYSIWYG editor is available for composing math
>expressions and exporting in Maxima/LaTeX format.
>Domain Coordination/Domain Settings
>- Domain Coordinators can select an ad hoc co-author role for any
>author in the domain, unless the author chooses to opt out.
>- A hierarchy of categories and sub-categories for use in categorizing
>courses can be defined for a domain.
>- The course catalog can display courses cataloged by institutional
>code, and also by categories defined for the domain.
>- When cloning a course, date parameters can be omitted, preserved of
>shifted by a specified number of days.
>- Default authentication type, argument and language in a domain are
>configurable by a Domain Coordinator via the  "Domain Configuration"
>- Domains can permit self-creation of LON-CAPA accounts using a valid
>e-mail address as the username.
>- The scantronformat.tab file which describe the format(s) of scantron
>data used in a domain can be uploaded by a Domain Coordinator using
>the "Domain Configuration" interface.
>- Help files have been added for Maxima CAS, Formula Editor, and Vector Input.
>- Description of new accessor functions added to the functions table.
>- More help files translated into German.
>- A new help icon is used.
>- utf-8 entity conversion to LaTeX has been optimized
>- New translations and improvements for German interface
>- All languages now use UTF-8 encoding.
>To install this update:
>1) You will need to be running Fedora Core 6, 7, or 8, RHEL (AS|ES) 4 or 5,
>     SUSE 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.)
>     Support for Fedora 9 is expected to be available soon.
>2) update to the latest LONCAPA-prerequisites 1-12 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:
>Fedora/RHEL/Centos/Scientific Linux
>/etc/rc.d/init.d/httpd stop
>SLES 9:
>/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:
>Fedora/RHEL/Centos/Scientific Linux
>/etc/rc.d/init.d/httpd start
>SLES 9:
>/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
>     http://bugs.lon-capa.org
>3) Mailing lists can be joined and left at http://mail.lon-capa.org
>Stuart Raeburn
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