Saturday, 26 November 2011

Acquia Drupal installer: does it ever work?


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So why mention the first two if there is a perfect answer? I suspect a trap. There are three pages on these lines according to links at the bottom of http://drupal.org/node/263. Which traps worst?

I've had this problem before but didn't write it down. Use the installer that the free Lynda.com video says is easiest:
http://www.acquia.com/downloads
Click on "Dev Desktop" and "RUN", agreeing to everything but their XMail server
Get
Folder .... not found ... please select an existing folder; do so
Get  
Error reading file C:/Program Files/acquia-drupal/AcqiaDevDesktopControlPanel/Static.ini
I've had this before and forgotten the cause. Google it:
Your search - C:/Program Files/acquia-drupal/AcqiaDevDesktopControlPanel/Static.ini - did not match any documents. 

Try saving the file before running it.
Get
Error reading file C:/Program Files/acquia-drupal/AcqiaDevDesktopControlPanel/Static.ini
Try googling Aquia Drupal install Windows XP and find that there is a forum on it with 400 posts, many of them unanswered. Obscure references to trying to tidy-up your registry after a messy uninstall of this program in order to trick it into thinking it is starting again for the fist time when you have another try. Is this worth persuiing? No.
[afterthought: try Revo uninstaller to do a thorough removal of anything related to previous installs. Double click the blue drip icon of the downloaded installer again. Same problem.]

http://drupal.org/node/749846
http://drupal.org/node/161975


How to go about this a different way?
Last time I googled for different installers and found LAMP looked likely.
What's puzzling is that some people - including writers of textbooks and help videos - have no problem at all and do not see how there could be one. Others post over 400 times on a help forum without result.

http://drupal.org/documentation/install/windows
...suggests LAMP as an installer for windowsXP, and one of the people in the apache friends who wrote it wears a dog collar which makes this look like my kind of program.

Windows-Specific Guidelines - Install Drupal On Home Computer (Local). (http://drupal.org/node/263)
...suggests two server installers that already have Drupal on them








  • BitNami Drupal Stack

  • Camel shrinks wheelbarrow





  • SpikeWAMP
  • If you are bewildered by all these options, just want some nice easy instructions to follow, go and have a look at Simple install of Drupal on XAMPP. Trying out Drupal on your Windows machine couldn't be easier.
    http://drupal.org/node/749846
    http://drupal.org/node/161975
    My strategy is to attempt the simplest most standard and basic package holiday install of Ubercart on Drupal 7, hack-around the problems of posting to three different postage zones, and see what happens. So I should try BitNami Drupal Stack and then SpikeWAMP, whatever they are. Do you picture them as camels or is it just me? Something about the spikey names.

    Bitnami
    is a spiky name. The thing installed with one option about whether I wanted Drupal. Yes. There was a brief error message with no explanation at all saying that port80 was being used. Everyone at Bitnami knows the numbers of ports and their significance and assumes that Bitnami users do too. I typed in "81", thinking that ports seemed to go in numerical order.

    "https://John:81 Windows cannot find http://john:81 . Make sure that you have typed the name correctly, and then try again. To search for a file, click the start button and then click search"

    Well balls to Bitnami. Now time to try SikeWamp. Which was a free open source project of a company now taken over by black duck I find from the link. Finding the installer will he harder than persuading a camel to darn my socks with a needle, although to be fair camels are dumb and lack fingers.





    Bitnami: will you forget I said anything rude?

    SpikeWAMP proves impossible to track down.

    Also, I have discovered likely looking files to start in your directory, which look related to the Drupal Bitnami I downloaded and installed. Click some likely files and a screen appears with "Access Bitnami Drupal Stack as the first option on the page. Click on that and something like a Drupal site hosted on my hard disc appears.

    I have tried to turn off as many things on my control+alt+delete list as I can in case one of them was using the same port, or birth, or bus or whatever it is. Something worked. I have also googled Port80 and discovered that typing netstat -o 1 into the run box of the start menu is meant to tell me what software uses what port. It doesn't tell me anything I understand, but there's satisfaction to be had in getting that far - particularly the final 1 which repeats the process each second instead of dissapearing after one second.


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