Must follow directions

Following directions. Exactly, precisely following directions. It’s a basic skill necessary for success in information technology. And sometimes it doesn’t work, and then you need the skills to discover where it went wrong and how to cure it.

Last weeks’ class attempt at installing Drupal 7 is the case in point.

A year ago, the web architecture class had no problem at all in installing Drupal 6, and configuring various options… and thus I figured it would be a nice easy walk-in-the-park install.

Wrong. I should know better by now (Eternal optimism thou art my companion).

We started off with everyone logging in to the command-line environment, doing the wget routine to pull the tarball down, unpacking and following the directions as given on for “command-line” installation. And then – kablooie (that’s an advanced technical term). It didn’t work, and the server was popping out 500 errors everywhere. But yet, this shouldn’t be happening.

A dedicated (hardheaded?) core remained trying to work through the problem – and suddenly a breakthrough! One had succeeded. But, the method of success made no sense, at least to the old Unix hands. But after some headscratching and handwringing and wtf-ing, we performed the same steps  – and it worked!

A week later I’ve successfully replicated the winning pattern, cutting it down to only a few steps.

Sometimes it pays not to think too much.


Installing Drupal step by step – notes by Lora DiGiuseppantonio
1. Download drupal onto your computer local machine, unzip it and install .
Quick install with FTP.
2. Right click download on to tar.gz(version) IN HOME Directory!!!!
copy link location
3. in linux type in wget inside putty
right click in putty then enter
4. once you have the file loaded in linux ls the file and you should have
5. in command line type: tar xvfz drupal-7.12.tar.gz
ls- should be blue file drupal-7.12
6. mkdir public_html/(destination directory name) <–name file
7. cd (command) drupal-7.12
type on commandline mv* ../public_html/(destination name)
8. once you have moved all the files to the new file
cd (new file) ls the new file
Now you are in the NEW file with all the Drupal files. YOu have to change some permissions
9. Step 1 Go into the sites file cd sites
(ls) you should see a file named  default
cd default type ls to see files
There should be a file named default.settings.php type this command:
cp default.settings.php settings.php Enter:
chmod a+w settings.php
10. Once the settings are changed you are all set to install your info into durpal as in
server name and user name.
11. to install a theme :
Right click the file location . Copy address
install new theme
enter address that you copied
then the user name password you use either in linux or FTP server your
address of server.

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