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Re: Some Qs about running your own Conversant server

Subject Re: Some Qs about running your own Conversant server
Posted 3/5/2003; 11:53 AM by Seth Dillingham
Last Modified 3/5/2003; 12:11 PM by Seth Dillingham
In Response To Some Qs about running your own Conversant server (#409)
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On 3/4/2003, Duncan Smeed said:

>I'm also intending to use the sever to host some of my students' 
>project work.  To support this I decided to set up a separate zone. 
>I had some difficulties and was wondering if creating new zones is 
>meant to be as simple as creating new conversations.  If so then I'm 
>doing something wrong.

There are two ways to create a new zone in the distributed version of Conversant. The first is via the 'quickscript' widow in Radio, the second is via the admin interface. Keep in mind that new conversations don't have any conversations, so there is no web interface (except for the admin interface).


Open the quickscript window and run the following script:

local ( zoneId = "newZoneId" );  // change this, alpha-numeric only
local ( userId = "" ); // change this, your email
local ( password = "your password" )  // change this
Conversant.zones.create( zoneId, userId, password );

Use your regular username/password, as it's going to create an account for you in that zone. (You still need to create a conversation in this zone.)

Admin Interface

I don't know the URL of any sites on your server, so I'll just use an example you'll have to modify for your needs.

  1. Go here:
  2. Click on "Zones" in the left margin
  3. Scroll to the bottom, enter the new zone name, click the button
  4. Now go here:
  5. Set up a new user account for yourself by clicking on "members"
>Rather than post just now the specifics of the problems I had, I was 
>wondering if there are some docs/folklore that explain zones and any 
>inherent complexities arising from their use.

Not much, unfortunately, though the above information should get you started.

You're likely to have more questions, especially when you're creating new conversations. Keep asking them! I'm not going to guess at all the questions you might have and answer them now, as the email will be too long. Just don't be 'shy' about asking anything.


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RE: Some Qs about running your own Conversant server
3/10/2003 by Duncan Smeed
Hi Seth, sorry for the delay in getting back to you. Thanks for your help.

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