The WeBWorK 2.1 candidate is ready. It has been running on our servers
(hosted.webwork.rochester.edu and webwork.rochester.edu) for a few
weeks now. It's definitely ready for use on experimental servers and
servers with small loads. Those with large numbers of students using
the servers should proceed cautiously about upgrading in the middle of
The release notes are here: http://devel.webwork.rochester.edu/twiki/bin/view/Webwork/WeBWorKRelease2pt1
The main requirement for the upgrade is to add DateTime.pm to the list
of modules available to the Apache server. I suggest installing
DateTime.pm first before upgrading to avoid the nuisance messages about
After updating from the CVS some modifications will need to be transferred from the new
conf/global.conf.dist to conf/global.conf.
WeBWorK 2.1 makes improvements to the User Inteface for the instructors
and also makes efficiency improvements on the use of the database. Many
instructor operations have been speeded up, but a few, such as
assignment of large numbers of students to a set remain to be
optimized. If you would like to try out the new look-and-feel of
WeBWorK 2.1 login to
http://hosted.webwork.rochester.edu/webwork2/maa101 (or maa102, or maa103, etc.)
The login practice1 (with password practice1) will allow you to view
the instructor operations. To see the student view login as practice2
(password practice2). These courses will be reset periodically -- do
not expect anything to be saved for any lengthy period.
To download from the CVS, set your umask to 002 (to make sure that the
server will have access to directories) and use
cvs update -A -d
(or wwcvs update -A -d depending on your installation)
(the -A removes sticky tags and brings you to the current HEAD, the -d flag allows
directories to be created. After November 1, 2004 use
cvs update -r rel-2-1-patches
to obtain WeBWorK 2.1 and related patches. The HEAD may have more experimental
scripts available at that point.
Information on accessing the CVS is available at
Those wishing to host small classes or experimental WeBWorK courses on our server can email Mike Gage at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are more complete installation instructions on the Wiki at:
We hope to have a tarball version of WeBWorK 2.1 ready early next week.
Please report progress and problems to Upgrading to 2.1
Posted by Michael Gage on 10/29/04; 12:02:28 AM
from the dept.