Installing and Maintaining your Documents
Preparing to Make Your Pages Available to the Public
Before your pages are made available to the public, you should:
- Check to make sure all your links work. You may want to use link checking software such as Xenu Link Checker.
- Have some of your users test your pages to ensure functionality and usability.
- Gain approval from your department or director.
Installing the Pages into the Production or "Public" Directories
To allow public viewing of your pages, they must be installed by using the
wwwuinst command. Note that you cannot directly edit any files in the production directories,
rather you edit files in wwwudev, then install them into production. This
system insures that all documents that are accessible to the public are in
fact ready for use. Note also that to use the wwwuinst command you must
be on a list of allowed users. When your account is created, and you are given
permission to "push", your account name will be added to this list. You will
only be able to install the files in your own directories. For further
information about account permissions, send mail
The wwwuinst command copies your files from the development
area into the production area. Below is a description of three ways you can use wwwuinst:
- Installing your documents
The simplest way to install your documents is to give the wwwuinst
command followed by the location of your group's directory.
A list of all files which are to be installed, updated,
or removed will be displayed. The actual installation occurs during
the night. Be sure to clean out your directory and remove unwanted
files before you install.
- Installing your documents immediately (pushing)
If you wish to force changes to appear immediately,
use the -push option in the command.
WARNING: If you have more than one person working
on your documents, coordinate when pushes are done to avoid
pushing unfinished documents into production. It is a good practice
to designate one person as the "pusher."
wwwuinst -push directorylocation/groupname
wwwuinst -push world/recreation
wwwuinst -push world/recreation/index.html
- Showing what files will be installed
- You can use the -show option to see
what files would be installed, without actually installing them.
wwwuinst -show directorylocation/groupname
wwwuinst -show world/recreation
More information is available about the wwwinst tools on the Webinfo pages.