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 ActiveState ActivePerl if you don't already have it
  3. Install HTML::Template using PPM.
    • Click Start, Programs, ActiveState ActivePerl 5.6, Perl Package Manager
    • The type "install HTML-Template" (without quotes)
  4. Create a directory for your data, such as
    • C:\Inetpub\data\fits
  5. Be sure your Web User can write to the data directory
  6. Create a web accessable directory for Fits, such as
    • C:\Inetpub\wwwroot\fits
  7. Extract 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 the users' sites, such as
    • C:\Inetpub\wwwroot\staff
  11. Make sure files in the fits/cgi-bin directory are executable
    • Click Start, Settings, Control Panel
    • Double-click Administrative Tools
    • Double-click Computer Management
    • Double-click Services and Applications
    • Double-click Internet Information Services
    • Double-click Default Web Site
    • Double-click fits
    • Right-click cgi-bin and click Properties
    • Beside Execute Permissions choose Scripts and Executables
    • Click OK to close this window
  12. Make sure user directories are writable by the Web User
    • Still in Computer Management from the step above
    • Right-click the Staff folder under Default Web Site
    • Click Properties
    • Check the box beside Write in the middle of the window
    • Click OK, then close the Computer Manager window
  13. Edit cgi-bin/ and set the correct directory paths and URL's.
    • Use Notepad or another plain text editor to change this file
    • example $data_dir is 'C:/Inetpub/data/fits'
    • Note the slashes are forward and there is no slash at the end
  14. Log in as admin and create a test user.
    • Go to and you should see the login page
    • The Username is admin and the password is fits
  15. Let me know what doesn't work for you :-)