Forum OpenACS Development: "Quick and Clean" installation guide
Although the existing documentation is in pretty good shape and clearly reflects a lot of work, I ran into four problems:
First, the installation is exceedingly lengthy.
Second, there are a lot of prerequisites and jumps to third-party pieces. Each one has a different documentation style, from READMEs in tarballs to "go to my web page" (thanks djb!).
Third, there are a lot of choices and decisions that I don't want to keep making - I just want a working, fully featured OpenACS server up and running as quickly as possible.
Fourth, I wanted to freeze something fairly stable so that I could burn a CD and know that, three years from now, I can take a fresh backup and an old CD and rebuild a server in an hour.
My installation guide sets the following as a baseline platform
- Redhat Linux 8.0
- OpenACS 4.5
- PostGreSQL 7.2.3
- AolServer 3.3ad13-oacs1-beta
- Daemontools 0.76
- OpenFTS 0.2
- nsopenssl 2.1
- Qmail 1.03
- ucspc-tcp 0.88
So my question is, is this useful to other people? If so, should it be posted on openacs.org? With the new supporting scripts? With the tarball/iso? Are there distribution issues to the tarball/iso?
The current draft, which is still sans cvs, database backup, and recovery, is at http://aufrecht.org/openacs-4.5-quick-guide.html .
This is certainly useful.
I will try it out and comment.
Is there any documentation on the actual use of the system ?
Like for example: How do I setup a system to post articles like phil greenspun, and allow people to comment/post additional links etc ?
So, basically, how to create a new folder, mount applications, integrate them etc.
But your document is certainly a step in the right direction. Regarding the Licensing.. well thats another issue. I think Qmail / djb's work is the only license to be worried about. But if we maintain compatibility with the qmail binary distributions, I think that should be OK..
I would certainly enjoy a installable product. Infact I think thats what is required for easier adoption of OpenACS. If we could just make a CDROM distribution that installs on a platform.. wow..
great work, keep it up !
I would like to see the 'cvs' part soon :)
Maybe you could choose another way to differentiate the two input lines. Perhaps one of them could be bold...