[CentOS] Drupal installation

Sat Jul 25 15:33:04 UTC 2009
Timothy Murphy <gayleard at eircom.net>

John Thomas wrote:

> Oh, and you should probably use Drupal 6 unless you have a very specific
> reason.

Thanks for your response.

I'm using Drupal 5 because that is what I get on my CentOS-5.3 system
by "sudo yum install drupal".
I don't want to get involved in anything more complicated than that.

I'm not a serious drupal user.
I saw a recommendation on a local Linux group,
and thought I would see what it was like.

I have a very simple web-site,
which I would like to improve,
and it seemed possible that drupal might be useful in this regard.

In my view, the installation instructions 
at <http://drupal.org/getting-started/5/install>
are not very good.
It would be much better if the instructions just gave
the precise commands given by one person which worked for him/her .

For example, it is not at all clear, to me at least,
what username and databasename are to be used.
If it does not matter they should say so.
It would be even better to give concrete names
and add afterwards that it does not matter which are chosen.

Now I have re-installed drupal on my CentOS-5.3 box,
and gone through the installation process again.

I am told after jumping through several hoops
"Congratulations, Drupal has been successfully installed.
Please review the messages above before continuing on to your new site."
I removed write permissions from /etc/drupal/default/settings.php
as suggested, and click on "your new site",
which takes me to <http://www.gayleard.com/drupal/>,
where I am invited to login.
I do not recall ever being asked for a drupal username or password,
except for those I gave for the drupal database.
But when I give these I am told,
"Sorry, unrecognized username or password. 
Have you forgotten your password?"
On clicking on the last sentence
I am asked for my username or email address.
I don't recall ever giving an email address for drupal,
but I give one now, and click on "Email new password".

I wait for my mail to come in, but nothing about drupal arrives ...
Who is meant to be sending me this email?

What a shambles ...

Timothy Murphy  
e-mail: gayleard /at/ eircom.net
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