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# Interchange V4.5.x
# 
# Copyright (C) 1996-2000 Akopia, Inc. <info@akopia.com>
#
# Originally based on Vend 0.2
# Copyright 1995 by Andrew M. Wilcox
#
# Portions from Vend 0.3
# Copyright 1995,1996 by Andrew M. Wilcox
#
# This program is free software; you can redistribute it
# and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public
# License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either
# version 2 of the License, or (at your option) any later
# version. 
#
# This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
# but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
# MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.  See the
# GNU General Public License for more details.
#
# You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public
# License along with this program; if not, write to the Free
# Software Foundation, Inc., 59 Temple Place, Suite 330, Boston,
# MA  02111-1307  USA.

Welcome to Interchange! This program is completely unsupported, without
warranty of any kind. The author is interested in problems, suggestions,
or comments, but does not have time to offer free individual support
in most cases. See the Interchange website at http://www.minivend.com/
for more information.

--------------------------------------------------------------

                        I N T E R C H A N G E
                                       
   Interchange is a full-featured electronic catalog system (commonly known
   as a shopping cart) with online ordering capability. It is a high-end
   database access and retrieval system with SQL support via the Perl DBI.

   A full list of its features is available at:

        http://www.minivend.com/
 
IMPORTANT NOTE:  Interchange 4.5.x requires, repeat REQUIRES, Perl 5.005 or Perl 5.6.

The information you need is in the following files:

    README     Copyright info, roadmap to installation
               and pointers to support system
    
    Copying    Your Interchange license -- please read.

    QuickStart Document to help you install Interchange

    WHATSNEW   Change information for all versions in this
               version family.

    MANIFEST   List of all core distribution files.
    
Major files/directories in the distribution:

    Makefile.PL The installation scripts

    dist/       The distribution files, exclusive of executable
                files and modules. Includes:

                minivend.cfg.dist   Distribution minivend.cfg
                barry/              The "barry" catalog demo application.
                simple/             The not so aptly named "simple" demo
                                    application.
                src/                C and Perl code for CGI links
                compat/             Some Minivend-3 compatibility tags
                lib/                User interface
                usertag/            Some fairly-standard usertags

    extra/      Some not-always-needed Perl libraries.

    lib/        The library modules needed to run Interchange.
                 
    scripts/    The executable files, relocated to bin in the run
                directory.

    test.pl     The installation test script.

    win/        Windows-specific files

UNIX INSTALLATION
------------------
Here is the short version:

    gzip -dc interchange-4.x.x.tar.gz | tar xvf -
    cd interchange-4*
    perl Makefile.PL
    make
    make test && make install

-- WHEN IN DOUBT, RE-START THE SERVER.  It won't take but a few
   seconds, and changes in configurable options don't take effect
   until it is done. You may even change a page and not see the
   effect until the server is restarted.

WINDOWS INSTALLATION
--------------------
Interchange will not yet run reliably on Windows.

-------------------------------------------------------------------

                      A V A I L A B I L I T Y
                              A N D
                     C O M P A T I B I L I T Y

Interchange 4 has been tested on Solaris 2, Linux, FreeBSD, and Digital
UNIX/Tru64. Its predecessor Minivend 3 also reportedly runs on SCO, AIX,
and other Unix ports.  It should work on any UNIX or Win32 OS with Perl
5.005 or higher.

IMPORTANT NOTE FOR BSD USERS: Interchange has been known to segfault when
reading sockets on Perl. This occurs more frequently on a busy system.
The workaround is to set in minivend.cfg:

    MaxServers   0
    Housekeeping 1

Windows does not support fork(), so the server runs in the foreground. There
are other differences, and there may be portablity problems. Interchange is
not yet tested to run on Windows; the canonical installation is UNIX.

-------------------------------------------------------------------

                         D E M O

There are two demo applications included; one is not so aptly named "simple",
the other is "barry".

To install the demo, go to the directory where you installed 
Interchange (default is "mvend" in your home directory or /usr/local/minivend
for root installations) and run:

    bin/makecat barry

     or 

    bin/makecat simple

     or 

    bin/makecat any_id_you_pick

Follow the prompts and after restarting the Interchange server you
should be able to access the demo catalog.

-------------------------------------------------------------

                     D O C U M E N T A T I O N

The documentation is in several man pages and HTML files in the doc/
subdirectory of the main Interchange directory.

There is an extended documentation package available
at www.minivend.com.

-------------------------------------------------------------

                    K N O W N   P R O B L E M S

BSDI, FreeBSD, Net BSD:
    You will need to make sure the following are in effect
    in minivend.cfg:

        MaxServers 0
        Housekeeping 1

    Expect lots of crashes if you don't do this.

Apache with SUEXEC:
    VLINK/UNIX socket mode will not work well unless you do the
    install as a normal user. If you are going to support multiple
    users, you must use TLINK/INET mode.

Windows:
    Interchange will not work properly with Windows. No strategy
	has been yet developed for providing reliable operation on Windows.
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