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    Default Installing Moodle on OpenSuse 11.3

    Hi there
    I've been experimenting with Linux for a while but still regard myself as a newbie.
    I'm having issues installing Moolde on OpenSuse 11.3. I've downloaded the package but I get missing dependency issues like no mimtex needed and then after I resolve that I get a heap of missing pearl stuff. So do I assume then that the moodle package isn't a complete install even though I found it on the open suse site? Can I get a complete list of what's missing or what I should be installing when I install my open suse 11.3?

    Tom

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    Default Re: Installing Moodle on OpenSuse 11.3

    On 06/07/2011 08:36 AM, tomcummings wrote:
    >
    > Hi there
    > I've been experimenting with Linux for a while but still regard myself
    > as a newbie.
    > I'm having issues installing Moolde on OpenSuse 11.3. I've downloaded
    > the package but I get missing dependency issues like no mimtex needed
    > and then after I resolve that I get a heap of missing pearl stuff. So do
    > I assume then that the moodle package isn't a complete install even
    > though I found it on the open suse site?


    i'd say the moodle is a complete _moodle_ which obviously uses some
    other packages (which are also used by other applications which you
    haven't installed yet, or maybe never---but, if you do install those
    other packages needing these "dependencies" they will not be installed
    again...(this is a different way than another operating system you may
    encounter with (yes) ships 'complete' packages, and then you have
    umpteen different copies of this library or that, ONE in _every_ folder
    where an application needing it lives....and, each library may be a
    different age and version....what a mess!)

    ok, you say you found it on the openSUSE site, but you didn't say how
    you tried to install it...

    on this page http://software.opensuse.org/search if i spin to 11.3, type
    in moodle it shows version 2.0.2 available...and, on the right side is a
    "1-Click" install option (which leads to YaST doing all the work)

    involving YaST is great because it will try to solve all those
    dependencies for you, automatically...if it can..

    if you already have the oss, non-oss, update and packman repos enabled
    there is a chance that YaST will find what it needs....if not it will
    say so, and then you can find it and make it available..

    only real downside to the 1-Click is that unless you tell it to (you
    will be asked) it will leave the used repo enabled...which, in my
    opinion it should not..

    oh, the other down side is that "1-Click" is a lie--it is about a half
    dozen or more, count them!

    > Can I get a complete list of
    > what's missing or what I should be installing when I install my open
    > suse 11.3?


    you can't really know that because any future needed application _may_
    still need what you don't have, and don't want unless you need it....i
    mean it takes a LOT of hard drive space if you try to install everything..

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    Default Re: Installing Moodle on OpenSuse 11.3

    Welcome to the forums. I'm not sure about the dependency issues but I copied down these instructions when I installed it some time ago (I didn't go on to use it). You may have found them but I thought I would point them out in case you hadn't:

    Set the permission of the data directory so the web user can write to it.
    linux-n8li:~ # chown wwwrun /srv/www/moodledata
    Point the browser at http://localhost/moodle/install.php and follow the on screen wizard.
    Consider this howto as a starting point, more details and advanced configuration information can be found in the documentations provided by the applications on their websites or openSUSE wiki.

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    Default Re: Installing Moodle on OpenSuse 11.3

    Thanks for the tips.

    cheers
    Tom

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    Default Re: Installing Moodle on OpenSuse 11.3

    Normally I recommend that people use packages for software whenever possible, but in the case of Moodle it's best if you install from source rather than a contrib package. Moodle development goes so quickly that it's better to use CVS to keep up to date with the stable release of your choice, e.g. 1.9 or 2.0. I can tell you that all the php5 module dependencies that are listed in the install web page can be satisfied from the official repos.

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