Open2300 - Support Guidelines

Open2300 Support Guidelines

Open2300 support is provided by users and developers in their spare time - nobody is paid to do this. So it's important that you provide enough information in your support question to resolve your problem in an efficient way - hence these guidelines.

Do not email Kenneth directly

Supporting Open2300 takes hours a week for Kenneth. It takes around 15-30 minutes to answer a support question.

Answers given on the Support Requests pages or on the Mailing List can benefit 1000s of people in the future. And many experienced Open2300 users help answering questions every day.

Private emails only help one person.

Kenneth likes to help and support questions are normally answered within a few days.

'How do I do this?' questions

Questions about whether Open2300 can do something are fine and don't need all the installation specifics (operating system, libraries etc.). However, please supply the Open2300 version you are using. And if you are not using the latest version (currently 1.10) you should probably try that first.

'Something is not working' questions

For all other questions, which are where something is not working, please read the rest of this page and supply full details.

Check for Known Issues

See the Frequently Asked Questions and Bug Reports.

Asking yourself the right questions

Any support request that just says "it's not working" is basically useless - it doesn't help anyone understand exactly what is going on, which is an essential step to fixing your problem.

Some key questions to ask yourself are:

  • What happens? Symptoms are good, but what are the exact error messages, in console and the system error logs?
  • When does the problem happen? What were you doing? Does it happen on all the time?
  • Did you just change your Open2300 setup, e.g. activating new feature, adding new hardware, upgrading your kernel or changing the Open2300 config file?

What's needed

Please provide at least the following information - additional detail is welcome where relevant.

Open2300 version info

  • Open2300 Version. And if your version is not the latest - please try this first! Your problem may have been solved. It can also be that a newer version does not work but an older does. Then it is important to know also the old version number.

Kernel version

  • Version of your kernel and if you customized it.

Shared Libraries Info

  • Version of all relevant libraries
    • mysql
    • postgresql

Error info

  • Any output in the syslog (typically /var/log/messages)
  • Any output to the console. Try in non-daemon mode to get more output
  • The entire output from running make

Config info

  • Your open2300.conf file
You can attach files to the question.

-- KennethLavrsen - 02 Jul 2005
Topic revision: r1 - 02 Jul 2005, KennethLavrsen
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