[LON-CAPA-dev] Version 0.5 announcement

Guy Albertelli II lon-capa-dev@mail.lon-capa.org
Wed, 21 Aug 2002 08:43:52 -0400 (EDT)

Hi All,

Here is my draft email to announce version 0.5:

New Version 0.5

Major improvements:
- printing support greatly improved
- statistics friendlier, faster, more complete
- new easier to use parameter setting interface
- essay response works, and is gradable
- search interface grately improved
- integrated help system
- chat screen
- calander/announcements screen
- resources in maps can be randomized, and only a subset shown
- private and domain restricted publiction rights respected
- construction space works better with non-filesystem users
- many bugfixes/performance improvements

To install this new version:

1) Verify that you have version 3.4 of the LON-CAPA-sytemperl rpm installed

$ rpm -q LON-CAPA-systemperl

If it doesn't say that you will need to install it:

If you are running RedHat 6.2 get

If you are running RedHat 7.[0,1,2] get

Install it by doing:
rpm -Uvh --force LON-CAPA-systemperl-3.4-1.i386.rpm
rpm -Uvh --force LON-CAPA-systemperl-3.4-rh72.i386.rpm

2) To properly install the help files, and to print you will need to
   have the perl Image::Magick rotines installed

If you installed version 0.4 you will have already done this otherwise,

For Redhat 6.2:
Get and install these RPMS:
wget ftp://ftp.redhat.com/pub/redhat/redhat-6.2-en/os/i386/RedHat/RPMS/ImageMagick-4.2.9-3.i386.rpm
wget ftp://ftp.redhat.com/pub/redhat/redhat-6.2-en/os/i386/RedHat/RPMS/ImageMagick-devel-4.2.9-3.i386.rpm

For Redhat 7.2:
Get and install these RPMS:

For Redhat 7.3:
Get and install these RPMS:
wget ftp://ftp.redhat.com/pub/redhat/redhat-7.3-en/os/i386/RedHat/RPMS/ImageMagick-
wget ftp://ftp.redhat.com/pub/redhat/redhat-7.3-en/os/i386/RedHat/RPMS/ImageMagick-perl-
wget ftp://ftp.redhat.com/pub/redhat/redhat-7.3-en/os/i386/RedHat/RPMS/ImageMagick-devel-

Otherwise contact Guy at guy@albertelli.com to get the proper rpms.

3) Redhat 6.2 users will need to install the psutils from RH 7.3
Get and install this RPM
wget ftp://ftp.redhat.com/pub/redhat/redhat-7.3-en/os/i386/RedHat/RPMS/psutils-1.17-13.i386.rpm

Install it using the command:
rpm -Uvh --nodeps psutils-1.17-13.i386.rpm

4) Download the new LON-CAPA tarball from

and untar it

tar xzvf loncapa.tar.gz

5) Run the UPDATE script as root
cd loncapa-0.5

6) restart the system services
/etc/rc.d/init.d/loncontrol stop
/etc/rc.d/init.d/loncontrol start
/etc/rc.d/init.d/httpd stop
/etc/rc.d/init.d/httpd 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

Detailed Updates:


lonambiguous - BUG#574
lonpage - print support, BUG#574
lonpageflip - random resource support, 574
lonsequence - 574
lonuserstate - random resource support, bugfixes, 574

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