Release notes for WeBWorK

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This article has been retained as a historical document. It is not up-to-date and the formatting may be lacking. Use the information herein with caution.
This deprecated feature should no longer be used, but is still available for reasons of backwards compatibility.

This feature was deprecated in version 2.7. See Release_notes_for_WeBWorK_2.7.

This repo is currently in openwebwork/webwork2 branch release/2.7 (was previously called ww2.5.1.3) and will soon be merged into the standard release (the "master branch")

Name of this release changed to 2.7. Go to Release_notes_for_WeBWorK_2.7

                         Online Homework Delivery System                        
                                  Version 2.5.1                                

                    Copyright 2000-2012, The WeBWorK Project                    
                              All rights reserved.                              


Release date: January 2013

Github repository: (as of January 2013) branch:  ww2.5.1.3
Modules:    webwork2   pg

Software repo

This repo is currently in openwebwork/webwork2 branch release/2.7 (was previously called ww2.5.1.3)

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Because new tables and fields have been added for the essayQuestion feature upgrading from ww2.5.1.1 will require:
  • Replacing the current database.conf with database.conf.dist (assuming you have made no changes to your local database.conf version)
  • Upgrading the tables by visiting the admin page -- which will create also create showPastAnswers table
    • This replaces the showPastAnswers logs and also supports the essayQuestion feature.

New features for release/2.7

  • Highlights
    • The principal reason for this release is to provide support for the essayQuestions feature. This requires

changes to the database as described above.

      • If you upgrade the course databases and then revert to ww2.5.1.1 the "upgrade course" report displayed on the admin

page will announce that there are discrepancies between the schema and the database. The usual fields mentioned are "flags" and "published" and sometimes "visible". The data field named "published" has been replaced by a field "visible" to conform with the homework sets "visible" state described on the homework editor page.

      • If the message says that there are extra fields in the database tables which have to be removed by hand, you can ignore the message. The extra fields will not get in the way of operations of release/2.6 (aka master) . If then switch back once more to release/2.7 the error messages will change or go away.
      • In general if the message says that the course database has to be upgraded to add a field then you should upgrade the course.
      • If the message says there is an extra field in the course database which can only be removed by hand then you can ignore it. It's annoying but does no harm. You can use the command line tool mysql to remove the field (if you know what you are doing). WeBWorK will add field but never removes them automatically for fear of destroying data.

Release notes for PG 2.5.1

  • Under the hood

We have not updated the release number

  • Several feature updates and bug fixes have been added to the essayQuestion modules.
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