Getting Started with scripts.mit.edu
The scripts.mit.edu automatic installers allow you to get popular software up-and-running quickly.
You can easily try out a new wiki, blog, forum, photo gallery, or other piece of software by simply running two commands at an Athena prompt (you must use an Athena computer to run these commands; we recommend using a cluster workstation or athena.dialup.mit.edu):
(If you are confused about how to run the above commands on Athena, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance. You must have an Athena account and understand the MITnet rules of use in order to use the service.)
The quick-start installer will then present a menu and ask you to select from the following popular software packages:
- MediaWiki demo – wiki software from the Wikimedia Foundation that helps users to create and edit content on the web. Mediawiki is especially suited for collaborative writing.
- Gallery2 demo – enables simple management and publication of photographs and other digital media. Gallery2 features automatic thumbnails, resizing, rotation, and flipping. Albums can be organized hierarchically and individually controlled by administrators or privileged users.
- phpBB demo – a high powered, fully scalable, and highly customizable bulletin board package. phpBB has a user-friendly interface, a simple and straightforward administration panel, and a helpful FAQ.
- Trac demo – an integrated wiki, ticket tracker, and source code viewer for various revision control systems (including Subversion and Git).
(If you would like us to create an automatic installer for a software package that is not currently on this list, you can let us know by e-mailing email@example.com. Alternatively, you can use the web script service to immediately set up whatever software you want to have installed.)
After the Install
You should add yourself to the scripts-announce mailing list if you would like to receive announcements of major service changes and outages. This list receives only a few messages per year.
If you set up a site for your group using scripts.mit.edu and you would like to be able to use a URL of the form
please visit this page on how to obtain a shorter URL
For more information, see our list of Frequently Asked Questions.
Each of these installers does the following:
- signs you up for the web script service
- places the desired software into your web_scripts directory
- signs you up for the MySQL service if necessary (all of the installers except the one for PHP iCalendar use MySQL)
- signs you up for scripts.mit.edu security updates
The installers place your MySQL account password in a .sql/my.cnf file in your Athena locker. You may use this password to manage your MySQL account at the sql.mit.edu web interface.
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