[Moin-user] First post - newbie

Tom Cloyd tomcloyd at bestmindhealth.com
Fri May 20 09:24:25 EDT 2005


After considerable review of my options, I decided to go with MoinMoin,  
and still think it was a good decision. But...I'm having the devil's own  
time with installation. This is far, far too Byzantine.

I'm wanting to install a single private wiki to my WinXP box. That's all.  
Simple. I now have 8 different files documentation open, trying to figure  
out what to do next. In the background, at this time in my life, I'm  
learning Python, and having an excellent time doing it. Really pleased.  
But I'm having with MoinMoin the same problem I've had with Plone (I have  
successfully got a dedicated instance of Plone/Zope to run my main web  
site off a server at Nidelven-it.no; after almost a year it's finally  
working right). I don't think these Python applications are very user  
friendly. I'm a busy, hard working professional psychotherapist who does  
this computer stuff at a level far far above virtually all my peers, but I  
come to these applications and immediately drown. I DO have other wiki  
choices which have a simple 2-step installation. Sounds fantastic. Looks  
like they want users. Regrettably, I want MoinMoin.

OK, enough of that. If I get this thing running and like it (which I  
expect to), I'll make a bit of a commitment to solving the problem I'm now  
encountering, by writing some documentation, so that the next person  
doesn't have to have the experience I'm having. I'm on my 4th attempt -  
4th day - trying to launch MoinMoin. I'm determined that today will be the  

I have but one question at this point: is there, anywhere, documentation  
giving a more or less linear path to the kind of installation I'm trying  
to achieve? I really do not need all these decision branches, particularly  
when they keep using undefined terms. If there is such documentation, and  
I don't know about it, I'd appreciate the update.

While I'm waiting to hear, I'll just keep working at it. If I can  
formulate a decent question about the particular problem I'm having at the  
moment, I send it in. Right now I'm starting over. Practice makes...more  
practice...so far.

Thanks in advance for any help you can provide.

-- t.

Tom Cloyd
Bellingham, Washington, U.S.A: (360) 920-1226
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