These instructions are still far from complete. Hopefully this is enough to get you started...

The program requires a web server (obviously), a working Perl installation, and these Perl modules:

  • CGI
  • XML::Simple
  • HTML::Template
  • Image::Magick

Your Perl installation might already have these, if not they are easily installed from CPAN on Unix or PPM on Windows.

Here's a step-by-step list of what I had to do to get this working on our web server:

  1. Make sure your web server is functioning correctly
  2. Install Perl if you don't already have it
  3. Make sure you have the required modules
    • perl -MCPAN -e shell
    • install HTML::Template
    • install XML::Simple
  4. Create a directory for your data, such as
    • /home/yourname/data
  5. Be sure your Web User can write to the data directory
  6. Create a web accessable directory for Fits, such as
    • /home/yourname/htdocs/fits (or /home/yourname/public_html/fits)
  7. Extract the Fits to this directory
  8. Copy the fits data from fits/data to your data directory
    • copy everything in the data directory and any subdirectories
  9. Rename newpasswd.xml to passwd.xml
    • this is done to prevent accidentally overwriting a file
  10. Create a directory for users' sites, such as
    • /home/yourname/htdocs/staff (or /home/yourname/public_html/staff)
  11. Make sure files in the cgi-bin directory are executable
  12. Make sure user directories are writable by the Web User
  13. Edit cgi-bin/edit.cgi and set the correct directory paths and URL's.
  14. Log in as admin and create a test user.
  15. Let me know what doesn't work for you :-)