Forum OpenACS Development: Replacing AOLserver with NaviServer

Hello everyone!
I'm using AOLserver but I'd like to update to NaviServer.
Does anyone has ever done that?
Any suggestions? Best practices?

Thank you in advance,

Posted by Antonio Pisano on
If you run on a recent version of OpenACS nothing should be done except:
- installing naviserver
- adapting its config.tcl so it points to your OpenACS instance and database
- run naviserver instead of aolserver

For older OpenACS version on naviserver this can be more problematic, because some apis would not be there anymore, but first things first: which versions are you running?

Posted by Mattia Righetti on
Hi Antonio, thanks for your reply.
I'm running AOLserver 4.5.1 with PostgreSQL 9.4 and OpenACS 5.8.0
The machine is Ubuntu 14.10. Do you know if there is an apt-get command for NaviServer? Or I can just download it from SourceForge?
Posted by Antonio Pisano on
As far as I know there is no naviserver packaged for Ubuntu yet, but a very easy way to install it is by a shell script you can find here

Try to get naviserver running under your openacs and see what happens.


Posted by Cesareo Garci­a Rodicio on

Yes, I did it and I strongly recommend it 😊 .

Simple Suggestions:
1. Install naviserver using install-sh[1]
2. Test naviserver in another port (or wherever you can test a test server). Check config.file
3. Turn Aolserver off and test with NS
4. Check logs and if everything is fine, you can use NS (in port 80 or your production server)

If everything goes right and you don't have special needs it is a smooth transition (at least in my case)


[1] Install scripts in