From Nothing to Drupal

The first step to your own WissKI is to get the latest Drupal 6 release from At the time this guide was written the current version was Drupal 6.22, but WissKI should work with any future release, too. Unpack the release and copy it to a subdirectory of your webserver at your will. Don’t forget the hidden .htaccess file in the drupal main directory in this process. In our example the main directory of the webserver is /srv/www/htdocs/.

fichtner@server-wisski:/srv/www/htdocs> tar xvfz drupal-6.22.tar.gz 
Extracting files to /srv/www/htdocs/drupal-6.22/
fichtner@server-wisski:/srv/www/htdocs> mkdir biodat
fichtner@server-wisski:/srv/www/htdocs> cd drupal-6.22/
fichtner@server-wisski:/srv/www/htdocs/drupal-6.22> cp -R * ../biodat/
fichtner@server-wisski:/srv/www/htdocs/drupal-6.22> cp .htaccess ../biodat/
fichtner@server-wisski:/srv/www/htdocs> cd ../biodat/
fichtner@server-wisski:/srv/www/htdocs/biodat> ls
CHANGELOG.txt cron.php index.php INSTALL.pgsql.txt INSTALL.txt 
MAINTAINERS.txt modules robots.txt sites update.php xmlrpc.php
COPYRIGHT.txt includes INSTALL.mysql.txt install.php LICENSE.txt  misc 
profiles scripts themes  UPGRADE.txt

Your directory should look similar. Now navigate with your favorite browser to the directory at your webserver. In our case this is

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Follow the instructions of the installation. Drupal will require access to a MySQL database. Some special remarks on the "configure site" tab: You need to activate clean URLs in order to have WissKI up and running correctly. If you missed enabling clean URLs in the installation process you also can add support for clean URLs later. Please have a look here for more Information on enabling clean URLs if they are not available on your System.

After you've installed Drupal you will be guided to your new Drupal system.

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