[Xerte] Re: Xerte installation

Fred Riley Fred.Riley at bcu.ac.uk
Wed Jun 11 12:11:47 BST 2014

$debug doesn't appear in /xerte/config.php. A file search for "$debug" in the XOT installation finds:


None of which are relevant to enabling PHP errors. As Mike's running XOT off a hosting account he'll not have access to php.ini to turn on error reporting. Error reporting can be enabled in script easily enough, but that assumes a) familiarity with scripting, and b) knowing which script(s) to put the code into.

Error 500 is classically unhelpful, as it just refers to "Internal server error" which could be caused by pretty much any script server-side.


From: xerte-bounces at lists.nottingham.ac.uk [mailto:xerte-bounces at lists.nottingham.ac.uk] On Behalf Of Pat L (pgogy)
Sent: 11 June 2014 11:01
To: Xerte discussion list
Subject: [Xerte] Re: Xerte installation

It seems to be throwing a 500 error, which suggests a PHP issue.
If you edit config.php (i think) look for $debug = false, and set it to true

Then you'll get PHP errors.

On Wed, Jun 11, 2014 at 10:34 AM, Carrington, Michael (Hills Road Staff) <MCarrington at hillsroad.ac.uk<mailto:MCarrington at hillsroad.ac.uk>> wrote:
I am attempting to install Xerte on an external VPS (NTC Hosting), however it won’t open!

The setup appeared to work fine, but when I go to the weblink it says that “the website cannot display the page” (that’s in IE9 – I get a blank page on my chromebook).
When I look through the information on the Toolkits Set up page, the only warnings I get are about the site url (which is correctly entered), and that I might like to change the import path (I assume that this is a security issue)
Is there any way that you could help me sort out my problems?

Incidentally, this is a server that is being hosted externally and run by the chemistry department at Hills Rd 6th Form College in Cambridge for Moodle, and is not linked to the college systems or database.

The Moodle site is at http://camchem.net/chemistry
The Xerte installation should be at http://camchem.net/hrxerte but I have an extra folder, so you have to open xertetoolkits_2.1 from the index page.

Best wishes,

Mike Carrington


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