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Get the OpenACS Source Code

This are instructions to obtain OpenACS, either as a released distribution (a .tar.gz file) or from CVS.

Obtain a released version of OpenACS via .tar file:

Download from //projects/openacs/download/?versions=all 

Unpack the OpenACS tarball. Usually something like this works:

tar zxvf openacs-5.9.0.tgz

Obtain OpenACS from CVS (a certain release with potential patches, or the HEAD version):

If you want to track fresh code developments between releases, or you are an OpenACS core developer, you may want to install from CVS. This is identical to downloading a distribution, except that you get the files from CVS instead of the tarball. The following commands are used to obtain the newest version of the OpenACS 5.9 branch from CVS:

cvs login
# press enter for password
cvs checkout -r oacs-5-9 acs-core 

The command above checks out the core packages of OpenACS in a directory named openacs-4. For  the entire OpenACS version 5.9 branch you can use the following commands (adjust as required going forward):

cvs checkout -r oacs-5-9 openacs-4

If the the branch name (like oacs-5-9) is omitted, the the leading edge developer version (the HEAD release) is obtained

cvs checkout openacs-4

In order to check out a single package (e.g. the package cronjob) from  e.g. the leading edge developer version (HEAD), use 

cvs checkout openacs-4/packages/cronjob

For most OpenACS packages, CVS aliases are defined. In order to checkout e.g. the forums package from OpenACS 5.5, just use:

cvs checkout -r oacs-5-9 forums

Depending, from which directory you are performing the checkout, you might have to move the checked-out package directory to the main "packages" directory of your installation.

More info here:

Looking for README instructions or installers? View the OpenACS Installation instructions: en:openacs-system-install, otherwise continue by setting up the OpenACS distribution:

Set up the file system for one or more OpenACS sites

For Linux Standard Base compliance and ease of backup, all of the files in each OpenACS site are stored in a subdirectory of /var/lib/aolserver, one subdirectory (SERVERROOT) per site (see: en:openacs-reference-platform). The first time you install an OpenACS site on a server, you must create the parent directory and set its permissions:

While logged in as root:

mkdir -p /var/lib/aolserver
chgrp web /var/lib/aolserver
chmod 770 /var/lib/aolserver

Move the uncompressed code to SERVERROOT and rename the directory to $OPENACS_SERVICE_NAME:

mv openacs-4 /var/lib/aolserver/$OPENACS_SERVICE_NAME
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