xwiki installation not too friendly

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xwiki installation not too friendly

Jason Novotny

Hi Ludovic,

   I've been looking at the instructions at
http://www.xwiki.org/xwiki/bin/view/Main/InstallLinuxTomcat and there
are about 8 steps too many for this software to gain widespread adoption
in my opinion. One of the biggest issues I see is that it uses Hibernate
which is great since technically db tables can be auto generated using
the Hibernate schemaexport tool with the xwiki mapping file to create
tables in any database of your choosing. However, it looks like I
specifically need MySQL and I don't know why. I look at the JBoss +
Postgres install page and sure enough it points out the flaws of this

"Download the sample database and convert for Postgres. See
<http://www.xwiki.org/xwiki/bin/view/Dev/PostgresDatabase> -> This tool
has been made by Nicholas Vesser.. It was done with an old mysql
database for XWiki.. You should try it with the latest database.."  hmm,
not fun.

Personally, what I would like to see is this:
1) Download xwiki.zip
2) Run "ant install" which performs:
     Creating/deploying xwiki webapp to your Tomcat that you set in your
   Uses schemaexport to generate tables in your database that is defined
in the hibernate properties file

3) Start your server and voila!

Further, it could use hsqldb as a default so if you didn't reconfigure
the hibernate properties file it would simply use hsqldb which can be
bundled with the wiki webapp and used for test purposes.

How does this sound?

   Cheers, Jason

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