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# Mahara Readme
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Mahara is an open source ePortfolio system. An ePortfolio is a type of
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web application that allows users to record and share evidence of lifelong learning.

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For more information about Mahara and ePortfolios, see the Mahara user manual's
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introduction chapter:

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 * http://manual.mahara.org/en/18.04/intro/introduction.html#what-is-mahara
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# SUPPORT
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The best ways of obtaining support are:
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 * http://manual.mahara.org - the Mahara online user manual
 * https://mahara.org/forums - the Mahara project community forums
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 * https://wiki.mahara.org - the Mahara wiki
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 * #mahara on freenode (IRC) - live chat with other users and developers

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# INSTALLATION

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For detailed installation instructions see the installation page on our wiki:
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 * https://wiki.mahara.org/wiki/System_Administrator%27s_Guide/Installing_Mahara
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The following is a check list of the steps you need to take. Please refer to the installation instructions for the details:
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 1. Create a Postgres or MySQL database for Mahara.
 2. Copy the Mahara files under "htdocs" into your web root.
 3. Create a Mahara "dataroot" directory outside of your web root.
 4. Copy htdocs/config-dist.php to config.php.
 5. Edit config.php with the correct details for your installation.

# UPGRADING
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Mahara 18.04 supports direct upgrades from previous Mahara versions 17.04.0 and later.
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If you are upgrading from an earlier version you will need to upgrade
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in two or more steps:
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 * Upgrade version 'X' -> 15.04.X (latest 15.04 version)

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 * Upgrade version 15.04.X -> 17.04.X (latest 17.04 version)

then

 * Upgrade version 17.04.X -> 'Y'

Note: Older versions of Mahara are not compatible with latest versions
of PHP so you will need to do intermediate upgrade steps before
updating your server's PHP
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To upgrade an existing Mahara installation, follow the instructions here:
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 * https://wiki.mahara.org/wiki/System_Administrator%27s_Guide/Upgrading_Mahara
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If you are upgrading from Mahara 15.10 or earlier, you will need to add a "urlsecret"
value to your config.php file if you wish to use the web-based upgrade and/or cron
scripts. See:

 * https://wiki.mahara.org/wiki/System_Administrator%27s_Guide/Upgrading_Mahara#Q:_I.27m_getting_an_error_about_a_.22urlsecret.22

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# SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
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Here are the system requirements needed to run Mahara 18.04.
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### OS
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Mahara is only officially supported on Debian (7.0/"Wheezy" or later) and
Ubuntu (14.04/"Trusty Tahr" or later), however it will probably run in any
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OS with a suitable web server.
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Note: This version of Mahara has NOT been tested on Debian 9+ / Ubuntu 17.10+

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### Web Server

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Mahara is only officially supported on Apache 2 or later, although it will
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probably run in any web server with the proper PHP extensions.

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### Database

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Mahara requires either Postgres or MySQL. It would require extensive
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modification to support other databases.
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 * Postgres 9.4 or later
 * MySQL 5.6 or later
 * MariaDB 10.0 or later

Note: This version of Mahara has NOT been tested on Postgres 10+, MySQL 8.0+,
MariaDB 10.3+ versions.
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### PHP

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Mahara requires PHP version 5.5.9 or later. The "magic_quotes" and "register_globals"
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settings should be turned *off* (which is the default on modern PHP installations).

The following PHP extensions are also required:
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 * curl
 * gd (including Freetype support)
 * json
 * ldap
 * libxml
 * mbstring
 * mcrypt
 * mime_magic; or fileinfo
 * pgsql; or mysqli; or mysql
 * session
 * SimpleXML
 * bz2 (optional)
 * imagick (optional)
 * openssl and xmlrpc (optional; for networking support)
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 * memcache (optional; for SAML auth plugin)
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 * zlib (optional)
 * adodb (optional; improves performance)
 * enchant or pspell (optional; for TinyMCE spellcheck button)

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Note: This version of Mahara has not been tested on php versions 7.2+.

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### Web Browser

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Mahara should be accessible in any modern web browser with Javascript support.
However, it is only actively tested in the most recent versions of Firefox,
Chrome (also for Android), Safari (also for iOS), and Opera. Microsoft browsers,
i.e. Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge, are supported to a maximum of the
three most recent versions that are officially supported by Microsoft.

You can still use Mahara on older browsers, but may not have all functionality
available.

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For Mahara 18.04, the supported browser versions are:
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// TODO: Review list of browsers closer to the release date.
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 * Firefox - 56.0
 * Chrome - 61.0
 * Safari - 11
 * Opera - 47.0
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 * IE - 11 and Edge
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 * Safari for iOS
 * Chrome for Android
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# TRANSLATIONS

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Mahara has been translated into many languages. You can get language packs from:
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* https://wiki.mahara.org/wiki/Language_Packs
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# MOODLE

Documentation on integrating Mahara with Moodle can be found in the
3.1MB PDF here:
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 * https://wiki.mahara.org/images/d/d5/Mahoodle.pdf
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# Copyright notice
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Copyright (C) 2006-2017 Catalyst IT and others; see:
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https://wiki.mahara.org/wiki/Contributors
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This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify
it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by
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the Free Software Foundation, version 3 or later of the License.
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This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.  See the
GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License
along with this program.  If not, see <http://www.gnu.org/licenses/>.

Additional permission under GNU GPL version 3 section 7:

If you modify this program, or any covered work, by linking or
combining it with the OpenSSL project's OpenSSL library (or a
modified version of that library), containing parts covered by the
terms of the OpenSSL or SSLeay licenses, the Mahara copyright holders
grant you additional permission to convey the resulting work.
Corresponding Source for a non-source form of such a combination
shall include the source code for the parts of OpenSSL used as well
as that of the covered work.