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Discus 2.50 Installation

Introductory Information

Thank you for choosing to install Discus. The following instructions have been customized for your use. Please follow these instructions carefully -- note that they are generally CASE SENSITIVE instructions.

Your reference number for this installation is 900254867. You need to include this reference number if you request technical support from us.

Use WinZip (or another zip program) to extract all of the distribution file that you downloaded from our site. These files should be extracted to a temporary directory anywhere on your hard disk.

EXTREMELY IMPORTANT!!! Your zip program must have the option to preserve subdirectory structure. You must enable that feature before extracting the archive file!

If you don't know how to change permissions with your FTP program (or you don't know what permissions are...), click here for a brief tutorial with pictures! You must be connected to the internet to access this document, since it resides on our (Discus) web server.

Installation Instructions

  1. With your FTP program you need to create the following directories. Don't forget to change the permissions on the directories after you create the directories!
    
      a.  /usr/local/etc/httpd/sites/wsabstract.com/htdocs/discus_admin_15627
    
        (Permissions 0755:  rwxr-xr-x)
    
    
    
      b.  /usr/local/etc/httpd/sites/wsabstract.com/htdocs/discus_admin_15627/source
    
        (Permissions 0755:  rwxr-xr-x)
    
    
    
      c.  /usr/local/etc/httpd/sites/wsabstract.com/htdocs/discus
    
        (Permissions 0755:  rwxr-xr-x)
    
    
    
      d.  /usr/local/etc/httpd/sites/wsabstract.com/cgi-bin
    
        (Permissions 0755:  rwxr-xr-x)
    
    
    
      e.  /usr/local/etc/httpd/sites/wsabstract.com/htdocs/discus/icons
    
        (Permissions 0755:  rwxr-xr-x)
    
    
    
      f.  /usr/local/etc/httpd/sites/wsabstract.com/htdocs/discus/clipart
    
        (Permissions 0755:  rwxr-xr-x)
    
    
    
      g.  /usr/local/etc/httpd/sites/wsabstract.com/htdocs/discus/messages
    
        (Permissions 0777:  rwxrwxrwx)
    
    

  2. With your FTP program, you must transfer the following files. All transfers are to be done in the indicated mode. Do not use your program's "Automatic" mode, as this will not work properly!

    If you are upgrading, you'll notice that some steps are not included in the instructions. The required files were all installed when you installed the board for the first time.

    
      a.  Files from "admin_files" get transferred in ASCII MODE to
    
              /usr/local/etc/httpd/sites/wsabstract.com/htdocs/discus_admin_15627
    
    
    
          Set permissions as follows:
    
    			0644	rw-r--r--	discus.conf
    
    			0644	rw-r--r--	webtags.conf
    
    			0644	rw-r--r--	language.conf
    
    			0666	rw-rw-rw-	(All other files)
    
    
    
      b.  Files from "source_files" get transferred in ASCII MODE to
    
    	  /usr/local/etc/httpd/sites/wsabstract.com/htdocs/discus_admin_15627/source
    
    
    
          Set permissions as follows:
    
    			0644	rw-r--r--	(All files)
    
    
    
    
    
      c.  Files from "html_files" get transferred in ASCII MODE to
    
    	  /usr/local/etc/httpd/sites/wsabstract.com/htdocs/discus
    
    
    
          Set permissions as follows:
    
    			0644	rw-r--r--	(All files)
    
    
    
          *** If you are upgrading, installing these files is OPTIONAL.
    
          Specifically, if you have customized your board menu, etc.,
    
          then you won't want to reinstall these files. Of course, you
    
          can pick and choose which of these files you want to upload. ***
    
     
    
    
    
      d.  Files from "script_files" get transferred in ASCII MODE to
    
      	  /usr/local/etc/httpd/sites/wsabstract.com/cgi-bin
    
    
    
          Set permissions as follows:
    
    			0755	rwxr-xr-x	(All files)
    
    
    
      e.  Files from "icon_files" get transferred in BINARY MODE to
    
    	  /usr/local/etc/httpd/sites/wsabstract.com/htdocs/discus/icons
    
    
    
          Set permissions as follows:
    
    			0644	rw-r--r--	(All files)
    
    
    
    
    
      f.  Files from "clipart_files" get transferred in BINARY MODE to
    
    	  /usr/local/etc/httpd/sites/wsabstract.com/htdocs/discus/clipart
    
    
    
          Set permissions as follows:
    
    			0644	rw-r--r--	(All files)
    
    
    
      g.  The file from "message_files" gets transferred in ASCII MODE to
    
    	  /usr/local/etc/httpd/sites/wsabstract.com/htdocs/discus/messages
    
    
    
          Set permissions as follows:
    
    			0666	rw-rw-rw-	board-topics.html
    
    
  3. Setup is complete! You may now access your discussion board at http://wsabstract.com/discus/board.html!

  4. Log in as the superuser (username "admin") with the blank password. (Click on "Administration" from the main menu, enter "admin" as the username, leave the password blank, and submit. You will then be prompted to set an initial password, followed by a prompt to register Discus.)

  5. Create groups and topics! We cordially invite you to the "Discus Resource Center" which contains tutorials and other helpful information. There is a "Getting Started" tutorial that will start you out in the right direction. Browse to:

    This tutorial is also available from within the "Administration Instructions" on your new board once you have logged in. We suggest completing both the "Superuser" and the "Moderator" getting started tutorials from your Administration Instructions.

  6. If you like Discus, please take a moment to rate the value of Discus as 10 with the CGI Resource Index. You can do so from here. It takes less than a minute, and it really does help us.

Copyright (c) 1997-98, Kevin W. Paulisse and William F. Polik, all rights reserved. Last modified date: 6/20/98.