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SE v2.0: Manually completing a Mac OS X server installation

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If the installation of the SE server software fails before completing successfully, you can complete the installation manually as described below.

To complete the server installation manually on a Mac OS X computer:
  1. Make sure the installation has finished as far as it will go (up to the point of the database error), and then close the installation program.
  2. Open the folder Macintosh HD/Library/Preferences/ReadNaturally. There should be a file named RNSEServerPrefs in the folder, but because the installation failed, it is probably missing.
  3. Create an RNSEServerPrefs file by performing these steps:

    1. Using the TextEdit application, create a blank file and make sure the format is plain text. (Choose Make Plain Text from the Format menu if necessary.)
    2. Type the following text in the file:

      [Location]
      Path=<pathToRNSEServer>

      where <pathTo RNSEServer> is the actual path to the RNSEServer folder on your Mac OS server (the default path is Macintosh HD/Applications/RNSEServer).
    3. Save the file with the name RNSEServerPrefs (no file extension) in the Macintosh HD/Library/Preferences/ReadNaturally folder.

  4. Create a SrvrConfig file by performing these steps:

    1. Using TextEdit, create a blank file and make sure the format is plain text.
    2. Type the following text on the first line of the file:

      ServerIP=<x.x.x.x.>

      where <x.x.x.x> is the actual IP address of the computer hosting the SE server software.
    3. Save the file with the name SrvrConfig (no file extension) in the Macintosh HD/Applications/RNSEServer/RNSE_Client_Install folder.
    4. Close TextEdit.

  5. Copy the SE server start-up items to the computer by performing these steps:

    1. Insert the SE 2 Network Software Installation CD into the computer's CD drive.
    2. Open the installation CD (RNSE2_Install_SE) and then open the StartupItems folder.
    3. Copy the entire RNSEServer folder from the StartupItems folder on the CD to the /Library/StartupItems folder on the Macintosh hard drive.

  6. Start the RNSEServer process either by rebooting the server computer or by using a terminal window as follows:

    1. Open a terminal window (open the folder Macintosh HD/Applications/Utilities and double-click Terminal).
    2. Open the folder Macintosh HD/Library/RNSEServer.
    3. Drag the RNSEServer executable file from Macintosh HD/Library/RNSEServer onto the terminal window (this auto fills the path).
    4. Make sure there is a trailing space after the last character and then type & and press Enter.
    5. To close the terminal window, type exit and press Enter. The RNSEServer process will stay running.

  7. Because the license numbers were not successfully added to the database, you must re-enter the license numbers as follows:

    1. Insert the SE 2 Network Software Installation CD into the computer's CD drive.
    2. Open the installation CD (RNSE2_Install_SE) and then double-click the RNServerInstall_Mac icon.
    3. Click Add Level, and add the license numbers for the levels you purchased.

  8. Copy the story files from the level CDs to the server computer, either by using the FileCopy utility (see the SE 2 Software Guide for details) or by copying the files manually as follows:

    1. Insert one of the level CDs into the computer's CD drive.
    2. Open the level CD (rnse2cd), and then open the /StoryFiles/<level> folder, where <level> is the level number of the stories on the CD.
    3. Copy the Level<n.n>.vdb file from the <level> folder of the CD to the Macintosh HD/Library/RNSEServer/Databases folder on the computer.
    4. Repeat step 8 for the other level CDs.
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