[LON-CAPA-users] Mass Loading of questions

Guy Albertelli II lon-capa-users@mail.lon-capa.org
Wed, 30 Aug 2006 13:01:47 -0400 (EDT)

Hi Brew,

> I had another thought on how to help with my large numbers of questions.
> Instead of running a single file of 50 questions through the test bank
> conversion process, suppose I did the entire conversion myself, creating 50
> question files. This would not be hard for me to do, since I already run a
> script with a bunch of vi commands to convert to the existing conversion
> format.
> I then zip the 50 files, upload the zip file, and decompress the file.
> Voila! 50 questions with names and contents as I want.
> Question 1: Does this work? I tried it and it appeared to work. However,
> maybe there are problems with database entries, hidden support files, etc
> which I am not aware of? Or is all this handled when the files are
> published?

This works, all needed internal info is checked and created if needed
at publication time.

> This still does not address the need to delete entire directories, or to
> scan and replace large numbers of files. It would be very useful if I could
> do the reverse process:
> 1) zip the contents of a directory
> 2) download to my machine, where I can grep and vi to my heart's content,
> 3) re-load the files to LonCapa, replacing the existing files.
> Question 2: does anyone have ways of doing steps 1 & 2?

Not as of yet.

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