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Re: [Gnumed-devel] installing and using gnumed

From: John DeSoi
Subject: Re: [Gnumed-devel] installing and using gnumed
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2004 20:25:57 -0500

On Feb 19, 2004, at 9:34 AM, Karsten Hilbert wrote:

I am simply amazed by the frequency this turns up. I would
LOVE to understand the problems people have when installing
GnuMed ! For me to get GnuMed onto a new machine is usually
nothing more than:

- make sure Python is installed
- make sure mxDateTime is installed
- make sure wxWindows/wxPython is installed
- download from CVS
- run

(there really is no need to "install" GnuMed)

OK here is one data point for you. I spent the better part of a day trying to get GnuMed working on OS X. I followed the instructions carefully (I thought) but ran into a number of problems. One of the issues is having a Fink installation. I think this caused some things to get installed in /sw rather than /usr. I could never get the client working in Cocoa, but I finally got it to run with X Windows.

I also had problems because I have Postgresql installed in a non-standard location. So perhaps everything is easy if you have a new machine and everything is installed in the hardcoded locations where GnuMed expects them.

There were several errors in the instructions for setting up the database (sorry I did not record them -- I was too frustrated at this point). I finally was able to build the database structure. It looked to have the necessary test users/groups but none of them would allow me to login to the database. It was only after grepping source files that I found a SQL file to load that let me actually connect to the database.

If I want to setup a database:

- make sure PostgreSQL is installed and working
- download from CVS
- run in server/bootstrap/
- use

Compare this to what is in gnumed/client/doc/user-manual/pgsql.html which I was trying to follow. There is no mention of But there are a lot of other confusing instructions and inaccuracies. For example, the docs say things are in server/utils when they are really in server/bootstrap.

I do medical software development and find the concepts of GnuMed to be intriguing. But the installation experience alone led me to put it aside for now.


John DeSoi, Ph.D.

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