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- Make sure you have downloaded and installed the required OSAXen in your "Scripting Additions" folder (this folder is located in your System folder). If you intend to use "MondoMail" download and place it somewhere on your server.
- Open the ConferWeb distribution folder. Open the "software" folder, and then the "NoDIRE" folder. Copy duplicates of everything in the "to /cgi-bin/" folder (confer.acgi, confer.admin, confer.filter, and confier.email-config) to the CGI-BIN folder on your web server. (For information on why you might want "originals"--see notes on "Reinstallation" below.
- If you are planning to use the email features, you need to edit the "confer.email-config" file: line one should give the name of an email host. Line two provides the default "From" address for all email generated by the system. At ConferWeb startup, if this file is not present in the same folder as Confer.acgi, the email feature will be disabled.
- Double click on Confer.acgi to launch the program. If prompted to "Locate WebStar 3.0.2" (or similar) use the dialog box to select your webserver software (if using Apple's personal web sharing, just select Confer.acgi). If prompted to "Locate Mondo Mail" use the dialog box to locate and select the Mondo Mail application. If you are not going to be using the email features, simply select Confer.acgi. (This will only be necessary the first time you launch the application.)
- Place a copy of the "Templates" folder and its contents somewhere on your web server. The line below assumes it has been placed at the root of the server.
- You may begin using the software to explore some of the configuration options by simply performing a link to the index file contained in the Templates folder:
Note: CGIs can sometimes be launched by the webserver software when the first link to the CGI occurs, but this often results in time-outs due to the extra time required for initial startup. To avoid this you should start ConferWeb as a standard part of your server environment, by placing an alias to confer.acgi in your "Startup Items" folder.
Various changes that you might make to your server environment (upgrading the server, changing from NOT using the Email features to USING them and so on, will be more easily managed if you simply drop a "fresh" (never been 'localized' to your server) copy of Confer.acgi onto your server and re-initialize it using the procedure described above. Such "reinstallation" will have no effect on any existing conferences you have created, so long as the URL of the CGI is not changed.
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