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  • Hi All,
    I installed WordPress yesterday on my local machine. It’s up an running now. Here are a couple of comments.

    1. I’m running Linux and got the following error when unpacking the tgz file. I could unpack to zip file so that’s what I’m using.

    # gunzip wordpress-1.2.2.tar.gz
    # tar xvf wordpress-1.2.2.tar
    tar: This does not look like a tar archive
    tar: Skipping to next header
    tar: Archive contains obsolescent base-64 headers
    tar: Error exit delayed from previous errors

    2. The install assumes the database exists so I had to manually install it. Could WordPress attempt to create the database if it doesn’t exist?
    mysql> create database if exists auth;

    3. The hostsite that WordPress guessed was just my ip address, but it should have been ip_addr/wordpress. Can WordPress figure out the install directory and append it to the the ip addr?

    4. In the login screen only the top half of the WordPress logo is displayed. The bottom half is chopped off. My browser is Mozilla-Linux and I’m running your latest (I went to other WordPress Login pages and they all did the same thing so it seems like a browser compatibility thing). To fix this I added the following line (line 354) to wp-admin.css from:

    #login h1 a {
    display: block;
    text-indent: -1000px;


    #login h1 a {
    display: block;
    text-indent: -1000px;
    line-height: 30pt;

    Here are the versions I’m using:
    # mozilla -v
    Mozilla 1.7.3, Copyright (c) 2003-2004, build 2004091315
    # ls

    Thanks for the great app. You’ve done a great job.

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  • Moderator James Huff


    Halfelf Minion 🚀

    You have to create the database, then run /wp-admin/install.php to create the tables in it. Try again.

    Thanks. The readme file that comes with wordpress doesn’t contain the detailed instructions. It just has the 5-minute Quick Install which doesn’t mention the database creation step.

    btw, I am happily installed and enjoying. The install things I listed slowed me down a little, but it was still a pretty fast 10-minute install. I just mentioned them in passing before I forgot.

    From readme.html:

    <blockquote>Installation: Famous 5-minute install

    1. Unzip the package in an empty directory
    2. Open up wp-config-sample.php with a text editor like WordPad or similar and fill in your database connection details
    3. Save the file as wp-config.php
    4. Upload everything.
    5. Launch /wp-admin/install.php in your browser. This should setup the tables needed for your blog. If there is an error, double check your wp-config.php file, and try again. If it fails again, please go to the support forums with as much data as you can gather.
    6. Note the password given to you.
    7. The install script should then send you to the login page. Sign in with the username admin and the password generated during the installation. You can then click on ‘Profile’ to change the password.

    Why doesn’t the readme have a link to the codex for people who run into trouble with the 5 minute install? For that matter, why doesn’t the forum have a link to the codex? You have some good documentation on there, but what’s the point of having it if you don’t tell anyone it’s there?

    Moderator James Huff


    Halfelf Minion 🚀

    Because the Codex is new, mostly v1.5 oriented, and technically unfinished. The Codex will not be final until the v1.5 release.

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