Forum OpenACS Development: Re: Installing 5.2.3 Core: problems and questions.

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Posted by Gustaf Neumann on
Tom,

why are you trying so hard to install an old version?
The bug with the install problem you are mentioning was fixed 16months ago by Rocael (also in the 5.2 branch) http://cvs.openacs.org/cvs/openacs-4/packages/acs-kernel/sql/postgresql/utilities-create.sql?only_with_tag=
The problem with charsets for aolserver 4.5 was as well fixed some time ago.

OpenACS 5.2.3 is quite old right now (can it be that you wanted to install oacs 5.3.2?) If you really want to got for 5.2.3, i would recommend to make an update from cvs.

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Posted by Tom Jackson on
Strangely, after looking at the first n-1 entries in the table, I assumed the final one must be the newest! I guess most users would have just given up and moved on to some other project. Which download should I get if I want a stable version? Anyone know if the 'download package from remote' is working, or if it fails, is it more clear why? It appears the download works, at least according to the remote server's logs, but the file just evaporates. Anway, the working hard has paid off, it shouldn't take much time (like a few minutes) to download and install the new version. I was wondering why folks think this is so hard and time-consuming, at least with postgres.
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Posted by Gustaf Neumann on
The openacs download application is indeed not state of the art (strange order, no dates, hard to correct inconsistent naming). Maybe this can be improved by the OpenACS site overhaul.

Get OpenACS 5.3.2 Final. Find relevant versions via announcements: http://openacs.org/news/?view=archive

After getting 5.3.2 installed, download package from remote is supposed to work.

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Posted by Tom Jackson on
Thanks for the info!

I think that the ns_startcontent issue is partly an AOLserver bug. The code comments suggest that there should be a reasonable default returned if no charset is present in the -type string. OpenACS has traditionally been the lead on this functionality (it seems to me anyway), developers here seem to know more about it. Is there a need for defaults in the AOLserver API, there is real source code/config setting/naming confusion in AOLserver. There are a number of related things: filename endings, char encodings, charsets (and charset names), mime-types, content-types. The config file tries to map some of these to each other. In addition, there is now, at least in the C API, a way to map input-charsets to a url, same as a filter map.

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Posted by Gustaf Neumann on
Let me add the following problem-fields of mimetypes being a source for confusion (esp. for file uploads): openacs has its own cr_mimetypes, there are different sources for standardizing extensions/mimetypes (e.g. IANA, apache config), furthermore different browsers get for different operating system different mimetypes when uploading files, which is a moving target. the whole issue is messy, but i guess there is room for improvement in openacs.