Release notes for WeBWorK 2.0-pr1
WeBWorK 2.0 PR1 is a preview release intended for testing, development, and evaluation of the new system. While it is being used at the University of Rochester in a live course, this is not recommended. It was released 26 Feb 2003.
As of PR1, the system implements the following WeBWorK components:
- the user interface framework
- authentication and session management
- set and problem selection
- the problem processor
- the hardcopy generator
- GDBM database support
- compatability with 1.x courses
The following components are not yet implemented:
- professor pages
- course creation
- problem library management
- support for other databases
- the "new" database schema
- countless other new features and improvements
- Perl 5.6 or later with gdbm support
- Several perl modules: Net::SMTP, Date::Format, Date::Parse, URI::Escape, File::Path, File::Temp, Data::Dumper, and possibly others. Some of these may be part of the standard perl library. The rest are available on CPAN.
- dvipng, if you wish to use "images" mode. A working version is available from John Jones.
- tth, if you wist to use "formatted text" mode.
- A working WeBWorK 1.8 or 1.9 installation. Earlier versions may work, but are untested.
This release is available below.
webwork-2.0pr1.tar.gz archive can be unpacked anywhere. Here at rochester, we keep it in
/webwork/webwork-2.0pr1, but some other good places include
After unpacking, make sure that the permissions on the package are correct. In general, all files and directories must be readable by the web server. The logs directory must be writeable by the web server.
Apache needs to be told about WeBWorK in two places. First, by adding
Apache::WeBWorK as a handler for some location:
<IfModule mod_perl.c> PerlFreshRestart On <Location /webwork2> SetHandler perl-script PerlHandler Apache::WeBWorK PerlSetVar webwork_root /path/to/webwork-modperl <Perl> use lib '/path/to/webwork-modperl/lib'; use lib '/path/to/webwork-modperl/pglib'; </Perl> </Location> </IfModule>
Second, by adding an alias to the htdocs directory:
Alias /webwork2_files/ /path/to/webwork-modperl/htdocs/ <Directory "/path/to/webwork-modperl/htdocs"> Options Indexes FollowSymLinks MultiViews AllowOverride None Order allow,deny Allow from all </Directory>
The alias you set here is referenced in WeBWorK's
conf/global.conf.dist file to
conf/global.conf and edit it contents as you see fit. Some tips:
webworkDirs->coursesvariable should point to your existing 1.8 courses directory.
webworkURLs->htdocsvariable should point to the location of the alias you created above.
webworkURLs->oldProfshould point to the URL of the profLogin.pl page in your existing WeBWorK installation.
- The courseURLRoot variable should point to the location corresponding to each course's html directory.
Change the values in the
%externalPrograms hash to match your system.
Create a new course in WeBWorK 1.8, or make a copy of an existing course. Make sure it functions properly under WeBWorK 1.8. Add some users and build some problem sets. Then, visit the URL
http://yoursystem.univ.edu/webwork/course_name/. You should see a login page for the course. Log in and play around.
Be aware that while WeBWorK 2.0 PR1 appears to be stable, it has not been extensivly tested. As with all beta software, it has the potential to do nasty things with any data it can get its hands on. It's unlikely that it will, but we recommend that you not log into a course you care about using 2.0 PR1.
If you need help installing or using WeBWorK 2.0, visit the WeBWorK discussion group and post your question there. The developers monitor this forum.
Bug Reports & Feature Requests
Submit bug reports and feature requests at http://devel.webwork.rochester.edu/bugzilla/. We can't fix bugs and add features if you don't tell us about them!
In general, don't submit patches against PR1. Instead, check out the latest development version from CVS and patch against that. Consult the WeBWorKCVS topic for more information.
-- Main.SamHathaway - 23 Oct 2003