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Installing validator on RedHat

From: Kelemen Zoltan <keli@kmdsz.ro>
Date: Wed, 2 Jul 2003 16:49:29 +0300
Message-ID: <1057153769.3f02e2e9c44a6@mail.kmdsz.ro>
To: "www-validator@w3.org" <www-validator@w3.org>

Hi!

 I've finally managed to get my "home version" of the validator going, from
the tarball you've provided on http://validator.w3.org/source/

I'd have a few notes about some of the issues ecountered:

(I have a RedHat7.3 + Apache 2 + [all other stuff that's needed :) ])

Note to lazy people like myself :) :

 I had OpenSP installed without beeing avare of it - my home machine is
completely offline, so it's used as a "playground" - It comes with the OpenJade
package of RedHat, and puts onsgmls in /usr/bin. Unfortunateley, it's release
1.3.4 or something like that.
  As I mentioned before, without beeing avare that I've already had OpenSP, I've
downloaded it and compiled it with default settings (had to fall back on gcc2.96
provided by RH, my install of gcc3.2.2 gave an error at ./configure saying that
"can't get the size of size_t" (???)). - the downloaded version was of course 1.5.
  Then with more or less pain I've got the interface running

(there are some _interestingly_ set up config files to say the least... If you'd
expect me to put the whole validator in /usr/local [as is in the default
validator.conf], then validator/httpd/conf/httpd.conf is all messed up. if check
should be in the same directory as all the other html stuff (as implied by the
"action" argment of the form in index.html, and the appropriate directives in
the aformentioned httpd.conf), then why put it in a different dir? etc...)

but all the results said "page not valid", but giving NO errors...

solution?
My install of OpenSP 1.5 got onsgmls in /usr/local/bin, but 'check' wasn't
complaining since there actually _was_ a onsgmls executable in /usr/bin.

I'd suggest changing the default setting in validator.conf to
/usr/local/bin/onsgmls if the default compilation of OpenSP puts it there...

Looking back seems like it wasn't as difficult, but It could be done to be a lot
more easier with a little effort. (Make the config files consistent pleease [or
somebody explain me, what did i've got wrong :) ]). Oh, and there should be at
least a link pointing to the 0.6.0 branch of the cvs, not just instructions how
to fetch the HEAD I myself only know the diffrence, because I've been reading
through the archives :) - that was quite helpful too. sometimes you people give
quite good and detailed descriptions in emails on installing. Would it take more
than 5 minutes to get the same kind of explanations on a HTML page (and linked
from http://validator.w3.org/source/)?

Anyway: thank you everyone at the W3C Validator Team for the nice job (once one
gets through the installation-bit :)

best regards,
  Kelemen Zoltan

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