Technical requirements to run the Clickshare Web Server on your site
The Clickshare software you'll run at your site is currently in
"beta" release form. At this development stage, your technical
staff can expect to encounter issues related to configuration of the software
to match local site conditions, and ease of use. A
major goal of this release is to get feedback from publishers on service
classes and other user management techniques we have built in. So, you
will have opportunities for creativity, as well as occasional
Your technical operations personnel need to know only a few things
about the Clickshare Access and Payment Service:
- We run on the Unix operating system. Ports of
our software have been completed for
- Sun Solaris 2.x.
- Digital Unix 3.2
- Silicon Graphics IRIX 5.x
- BSDI BSD/OS 2.1
- Linux 1.2.x
A port to IBM AIX will follow soon, also as a beta release.
A port of the Clickshare Web Server to Microsoft Windows NT is planned.
- Our web server is based on easy to install, well-understood
NCSA web server. Nearly all Unix webmasters have the
experience necessary to install this server. Over 70% of commercial
sites use this server or one of its derivatives.
is currently developing a port to the Apache Web Server, currently
the Internet's most popular Web Server, and a derivative of the NCSA Server.
This port will be available as
an "alpha" release in October 1996. The experience with Apache
will allow us to port to the Netscape server in Fall 1996.
- Clickshare anticipates that it will add secure-commerce
features to its server implementations when export rules and
restrictive patent requirements are eased. We expect that commercial
secure server vendors will port Clickshare code to their
implementations as market forces demand (an effort we will support).
The folks at Community Connexion have
developed a secure
version of the Apache Web Server.
Server Installation Information
Your technical questions can be addressed to the general contact names
at Clickshare Puublic Information Packet or
directly to: David Oliver, Managing Director -- Technology <
- Auxiliary software is included. It is contained in
a single directory tree and can be executed from that tree or from
normal bin directories. The auxiliary software includes:
- registration database management tools
- email redirector
- testing and verification tools
- Our source release requires the Free Software Foundation GNU
cc ( "gcc") compiler suite. The current release -- 2.7.0 --
compiles easily on all the major unix architectures, including Linux
and BSDI on Intel machines. All our software is written with and
for "gcc". Our auxiliary code -- CGI scripts and the like -
requires Perl version 5, which is also available on all major unix architecture.
For the beta Clickshare release, these development tools need to be
available on the server workstation.
- Sites currently running a commercial secure server
can run either Clickshare or the commercial daemon on the primary
service port with the remaining daemon, as well as others, on auxiliary
Sites running Personal Library Software Inc.'s PLWeb
search engine can be configured to simultaneously address search
queries to one or more such daemons on the same machine.
- Our software does NOT consume lots of machine resources
-- that is, over and above what is consumed by a "normal" web
server. We recommend that a minimum of 32MB of RAM and 1GB of hard disk
storage be available on any of the hardware mentioned above.
Those machines that will run full X Window System
displays in addition to running the HTTP server should have a minimum
64MB of RAM.
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