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Program Configuration

 

 Overview

 Site Name
 CGI Directory
 CGI Directory URL
 HTML Directory
 HTML Directory URL
 Use Secure Server
 Secure Server URL
 Secure Server Images URL
 Select mail program and platform
 Location of mail program
 Email System Status
 SQL Host
 SQL Database Name
 SQL Database User name
 SQL Database Password
 SQL Database Driver
 Admin Help Screen Width
 Admin Help Screen Height
 Webmaster E-mail Address
 Billing E-mail Address
 Technical Support E-mail Address
 Legal Contact Email Address
 Admin User ID
 Admin Password
 Time Offset Based on GMT in Hours

 

Overview
This is the most important configuration part for the program to start working properly. These settings must be done the first step after installing the program and before doing anything else.

Please be very careful specially when changing the cgi directory and URL, if not correct you will not be able to access the program again unless you restore the original configuration or edit the configuration file manually.

 

Site Name
The name of your site that will appear in many locations on the program pages as well as the email messages sent to the users. This is used in the class <!--CLASS::Site_Name--> which you can use anywhere in your templates and language files to replace your site name.

 

CGI Directory
This is the path to the cgi-bin directory where the software is installed. If your cgi-bin directory is "/usrxx/home/cgi-bin", and you installed the program under directory called "search" off the cgi-bin directory, then the complete CGI directory should be "/usrxx/home/cgi-bin/search". Please note that no trailing slash in the directory. If you can telnet to your server, just type the command PWD and it will print your current working directory. The program will try to display your current cgi directory to help you.

 

CGI Directory URL
This is the browser URL to the cgi-bin directory where the program is installed. If you installed the program under directory "/cgi-bin/search", then the CGI directory URL should be http://www.yourdomain.com/cgi-bin/search.

 

HTML Directory
This is the path to the html or doc (or the none CGI) directory where the software is installed. If your html directory is "/usrxx/home/htdoc", and you installed the program under directory called "search" off the htdoc directory, then the complete html directory should be "/usrxx/home/htdoc/search". Please note that no trailing slash in the directory. The program will try to show your document directory which is your root directory to help you determine your full html directory.

 

HTML Directory URL
This is the browser URL to the html directory where the program is installed. If you installed the program under directory "/usrxx/home/htdoc/auction", then the html directory URL should be http://www.yourdomain.com/auction. This is assuming your document root is /usrxx/home/htdoc.

 

Use Secure Server
Set this option to "YES" if you have a secure server and want to the program to access the secure server for the Account Manager. If you do not  have a secure server space on your server then leave this to "NO" and the program will use the normal http for the Account Manager. SSL connections is required for direct credit card processing.

 

Secure Server URL

If you turned on the "Use Secure Server" option and have a secure space on your server then you need to specify the full https URL to access the program "search.cgi" on the secure server. Note that even the https will access the program "search.cgi", the program itself should be able to access the same cgi-bin and database files on the same server. This means that the same files on the normal http server should also be accessible to the secure server and this only will be if both http and https server are on the same machine. Simply the same cgi-bin directory should be shared between the http and https calls. below on example on how your web site should be structured for using the SSL:

your cgi directory is: /usr/www/userxxx/cgi-bin
your http directory is :/usr/www/usrxxx/httpdocs
your https directory is :/usr/www/usrxxx/httpsdocs

 

Secure Server Images URL
This is the URL to the images directory on your secure server. You should copy the images directory to your secure server. Please do not link to images on your non secure server in your account manager pages or any pages that use secure server. If you do users will get a warning messages each time they browse these pages that it has non secure data which is boring and confusing.

 

Program Configuration

  What's This?   
Site Name (you may use html):
CGI Directory: Tip
CGI Directory URL: Tip
HTML Directory: Tip
HTML Directory URL: Tip
Use Secure Server:
Secure Server URL:
Secure Server Images URL:
Select mail program and platform:    Your OS: MSWin32
Location of mail program
(or SMTP server address):
Email System Status:
SQL Host:
SQL Database Name:
SQL Database User name:
SQL Database Password:
SQL Database Driver:
Admin Help Screen Width:
Admin Help Screen Height:
Webmaster E-mail Address:
Billing E-mail Address:
Technical Support E-mail Address:
Contact Us E-mail Address:
Legal Contact Email Address:
Admin User ID:
Admin Password:
Time Offset Based on GMT
in Hours(-12.00 to +12.00)

 

Figure (1) Program Configuration.

 

Select mail program and platform
Select what mail program installed on your server to and available for you to use. This depends on your server operating system.

For Unix Systems:

You can use Sendmail or SMTP. If you have SMTP then it is recommended as it is faster than using Sendmail.

For Windows System:

You have to use SMTP server for your mail. Some servers has a version of Sendmail for windows, if this is available then you can use it also.

 

Location of mail program(or SMTP server address)
Depending on your choice to use a mail program or an SMTP mail server you need to specify the path to the mail program you are going to use or the IP address or the host name for the SMTP server. This table help you in this choice.

Sendmail

For Unix systems only and you need the location and name of the mail program installed on your server, it is normally looks like one of the following:

/usr/bin/sendmail
/usr/lib/sendmail
/usr/sbin/sendmail
/usr/local/bin/sendmail


On Unix systems, if you have a Telent connection to your server, it is easy to determine where is the location of Sendmail as using one of the following commands:
which sendmail
whereis sendmail

SMTP

You need the host name or the IP address of your SMTP server. For example mail.yourdomain.com

 

Email System Status
This option turns on and off all the outgoing emails. Normally you will turn it off only for debugging and while system maintenance.

 

SQL Host
The software is SQL database driven and requires a connection to SQL server. The first thing is you need to have a connection to SQL server like MySQL, please see http://www.mysql.com for more information. Normally if you have a mysql server installed on your server then you can user your domain as your SQL host or just use localhost. Please if you do not know ask your hosting provider on these information.

 

SQL Database Name

After you are sure you have valid connection to a SQL server like MySQL, you need to create a SQL database. Normally if you are not hosting your site, just ask your provider to create the database for you. If you want to create the database yourself, first you must have a Telnet connection or similar on windows, then at the prompt type this command:

 mysql -u Your_User_Name -pYour_Password

replace Your_User_Name with your mysql user name and Your_Password with your mysql password, please note there is no space between p and your password. This command will start mysql and the mysql prompt will display like:

mysql>

at the mysql prompt enter the create database command as follows:

mysql>create database your_database_name;

Please your_database_name with the database name you want to create and also note the semicolon that ends the line.

to exit from mysql server just enter the command quit or \q:

mysql>quit;

Now you have created the database

 

SQL Database User name
This is your SQL database user name. if you do not know it ask your hosting company.

 

SQL Database Password
This is your SQL database password. if you do not know it ask your hosting company.

 

SQL Database Driver
Choose from the menu your SQL driver, for example for mysql server choose mysql. Please check mysql.com site for benchmark about the different SQL servers which shows that mysql is the highest one and is very recommended.

 

Admin Help Screen Width
This option sets the width in pixels for the admin help screen. This will allow the admin to customize the help screens according to the screen mode or resolution.

 

Admin Help Screen Height
This option sets the height in pixels for the admin help screen. This will allow the admin to customize the help screens according to the screen mode or resolution.

 

Webmaster E-mail Address
This email address is used for contact as site admin when a critical error display for the user or as sender or reply to for some email massages sent out by the auction system to the users.

 

Billing E-mail Address
This email address is used as the replay to and From on the billing emails messages.

 

Technical Support E-mail Address
This email address is used for user technical support from the Account Manager.

 

Contact Us E-mail Address
This email address is used for user contact us form where the messages will be sent.

 

Legal Contact Email Address
This email address is used for legal contact issues used on the copyright, privacy, and user agreement pages.

 

Admin User ID
This is the username for the admin program.

 

Admin Password
This is the Password for the admin program.

 

Time Offset Based on GMT in Hours(-12.00 to +12.00)
Set your auction system time zone. Set this to the time difference between the GMT time and your system local time. You can use any vales positive or negative to adjust your time zone. Actually you are not restricted to +12 and -12 values you can use any values.

 





 

 
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