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The software is offered under GNU LGPL. It has been tailored for the Virginia Tech community. Therefore you may have to do a number of changes to adapt it to your needs. Because of our limited resources we cannot give any support for the installation of required middleware or the survey software itself. However, you could try the discussion forum or if you find bugs or have recommendations for improvements please use our bug reporting tool or feature tracker.

How to use VTSurvey

Just follow the User's Guide for survey.vt.edu.

Installation Instructions

VTSurvey is a pretty flexible and customizable application. However, we strongly recommend that you closely follow the installation instructions using the defaults shown below. After the application is up and running you can adapt the installation to your needs.

If you update from a previous version please follow the updating instructions, otherwise just read on.

Step 1: Install Java application server

VTSurvey is a 100%-Java compliant application and should work with any Java application server that supports JDK 1.4 (JDK 1.3 does not suffice since it does not support regular expressions). If you don't have one yet, we recommend to install the free Apache Tomcat server. The Tomcat server is a Java application itself. Therefore you may have to install Sun's JDK 1.4 before you can run Tomcat.

In the following we assume that you don't have anything installed yet. Otherwise just jump steps as appropriate.

Microsoft Windows

  • Download and install Sun's Java 2 Standard Edition, SDK 1.4 (J2SE SDK), Version: "Windows (all languages, including English)" (install in folder e.g. "C:\j2sdk1.4.2_08", use defaults)
  • set the JAVA_HOME environment variable to the folder that you installed Java in, e.g. "set JAVA_HOME=c:\j2sdk1.4.2_08"; You should make this a permanent setting by adding JAVA_HOME as an environment variable; e.g.: in Windows XP through Control Panel/(Performance and Maintenance/)System/Advanced/
    Environment Variables/
    System Variables/New
    " (do not have a trailing backslash or semicolon at the end)
  • Download and install Tomcat (e.g. jakarta-tomcat-4.1.31.exe); if the previous link does not work check out the offical Tomcat website: (install Tomcat into a folder called "\usr\local\tomcat\")

Unix (Linux, Solaris, etc.)

  • Download and install Sun's Java 2 Standard Edition, SDK 1.4 (J2SE SDK) for your platform (use defaults)
  • set the JAVA_HOME variable to the folder that your Java installation is located in
  • Download and install Tomcat (e.g. jakarta-tomcat-4.1.31.tar.gz); if the previous link does not work check out the offical Tomcat website: (install Tomcat into a directory called "/usr/local/tomcat/")

Step 2: Download and install Survey application

Step 3: Start & Test

Step 4: Tailor Survey to your needs

(Step 4.5: Internationalization)

Step 5: Have fun :)

Updating from previous versions

Last modified: April 11, 2005

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