VOLANO Chat Server Version 2.13

Downloadable Packages

Download a free trial version of the VOLANO chat software from the links below. The contents of the .zip and .tar.gz archive files below are identical except for the newline characters of the text files. The .zip archives contain text files with end-of-line markers for Windows systems (CR+LF), while the .tar.gz archives contain text files with end-of-line markers for Unix-like systems (LF).

Trial Full Version

volano-2.13.0-localhost.zip
the trial full version 2.13 package for Microsoft Windows operating systems.
volano-2.13.0-localhost.tar.gz
the trial full version 2.13 package for Unix-like operating systems such as FreeBSD, Linux, Mac OS X, or Solaris.

Trial Upgrade

volano-upgrade-2.13.0-localhost.zip
the upgrade to trial version 2.13 from version 2.12 for Microsoft Windows operating systems.
volano-upgrade-2.13.0-localhost.tar.gz
the upgrade to trial version 2.13 from version 2.12 for Unix-like operating systems such as FreeBSD, Linux, Mac OS X, or Solaris.

MD5 Checksums

md5sum-2.13.0-localhost.txt
the MD5 message digests for verifying the downloaded files.

Note: The links above are trial versions of the software that allow applet connections only to the local host computer (localhost or ip6-localhost). Click Buy Now to purchase a license of the software for your production server or send an e-mail to order a software package for your testing server.

Changes in Version 2.13

Version 2.13 includes the following changes:

Changes to Your HTML

Make the following changes to all of your HTML pages containing a VOLANO chat applet, such as the VolanoChat, MyVolanoChat, or WebVolanoChat applet.

Installing the Full Version

Installing and running the full version of the VOLANO chat software involves these steps:

  1. Download and unpack the archive file.
  2. Start the VOLANO chat server.
  3. Connect with the applet.

Follow the steps below depending on whether you are installing the VOLANO chat server on a Unix-like system or a Windows system.

Unix-like Systems

To install the VOLANO chat software on a Unix-like system such as FreeBSD, Linux, Mac OS X, or Solaris:

  1. Download the volano-2.13.0-localhost.tar.gz file and unpack it with the command:

    tar -xf volano-2.13.0-localhost.tar.gz
    
  2. Change to the VOLANO chat server directory and start the server with the commands:

    cd volano-2.13.0-localhost
    ./startup.sh
    
  3. Go to the address http://localhost:8080/vcclient/ on the same machine running the VOLANO chat server to connect to the server with the VOLANO chat applets.

Windows Systems

To install the VOLANO chat software on a Windows system:

  1. Download the volano-2.13.0-localhost.zip file. Right-click the file and select Extract All... from the context menu. Follow the instructions and select the folder where you want the volano-2.13.0-localhost directory to be placed, such as the home folder shown below for the user john:

    Extraction Wizard

  2. Open the Command Prompt. Change to the VOLANO chat server directory and start the server with the commands:

    cd volano-2.13.0-localhost
    startup
    

    See the documentation for details about starting the VOLANO chat server as a Windows Service to avoid the Command Prompt altogether.

  3. Go to the address http://localhost:8080/vcclient/ on the same machine running the VOLANO chat server to connect to the server with the VOLANO chat applets.

Applying the Upgrade

Applying the upgrade to an existing VOLANO chat server version 2.12 installation involves these steps:

  1. Stop the VOLANO chat server.
  2. Save a backup copy of the version 2.12 code.
  3. Download and unpack the archive file.
  4. Start the VOLANO chat server.
  5. Connect with the applet.

Follow the steps below depending on whether you are applying the upgrade on a Unix-like system or a Windows system.

Unix-like Systems

To apply the upgrade to VOLANO chat server version 2.12 on a Unix-like system such as FreeBSD, Linux, Mac OS X, or Solaris:

  1. Stop the VOLANO chat server.

  2. Save a backup copy of the version 2.12 code for recovery purposes by renaming the following two JAR files and directory:

    Server JAR file:
        volano-2.12.0/lib/volano-chat-server.jar
            ==> volano-chat-server.jar.old
    Servlet JAR file:
        volano-2.12.0/webapps/ROOT/WEB-INF/lib/volano-chat-servlets.jar
            ==> volano-chat-servlets.jar.old
    Applet directory:
        volano-2.12.0/webapps/ROOT/vcclient/COM/volano
            ==> volano.old
    
  3. Download the volano-upgrade-2.13.0-localhost.tar.gz file and unpack it into the existing VOLANO chat server version 2.12 installation directory.

    cd volano-2.12.0
    tar -xmf volano-upgrade-2.13.0-localhost.tar.gz
    

    The -m option updates the modification times of the extracted files to the current time so Web site visitors will be sure to pick up the new applet files instead of using copies of the old ones in their cache.

    The upgrade archive installs the following files into the current directory where you unpack it:

    lib/volano-chat-server.jar
    webapps/ROOT/WEB-INF/lib/volano-chat-servlets.jar
    webapps/ROOT/vcclient/COM/volano/Agent.jar
    webapps/ROOT/vcclient/COM/volano/Agent.jar.gz
    webapps/ROOT/vcclient/COM/volano/Agent.jar.pack.gz
    webapps/ROOT/vcclient/COM/volano/MyVolanoChat.jar
    webapps/ROOT/vcclient/COM/volano/MyVolanoChat.jar.gz
    webapps/ROOT/vcclient/COM/volano/MyVolanoChat.jar.pack.gz
    webapps/ROOT/vcclient/COM/volano/VolanoChat.jar
    webapps/ROOT/vcclient/COM/volano/VolanoChat.jar.gz
    webapps/ROOT/vcclient/COM/volano/VolanoChat.jar.pack.gz
    webapps/ROOT/vcclient/COM/volano/WebVolanoChat.jar
    webapps/ROOT/vcclient/COM/volano/WebVolanoChat.jar.gz
    webapps/ROOT/vcclient/COM/volano/WebVolanoChat.jar.pack.gz
    

    Note: If you moved the public vcclient directory to your Web server root directory, you'll need to copy the new applet files there.

  4. Change to the VOLANO chat server directory and start the server with the commands:

    cd volano-2.12.0
    ./startup.sh
    

    You should see messages like the following:

    java version "1.7.0_55"
    OpenJDK Runtime Environment (IcedTea 2.4.7) (7u55-2.4.7-1ubuntu1)
    OpenJDK 64-Bit Server VM (build 24.51-b03, mixed mode)
    VOLANO(TM) Chat Server Version 2.13.0
    Copyright (c) 1996-2014 Status Six Communications
    Loading server properties from "/home/volano/volano-2.12.0/conf/properties.txt".
    www.example.com:8000 (192.168.1.1:8000) VolanoChatPro - unlimited connections.
    Apache Tomcat/4.1.40
    

    Note the updated VOLANO Chat Server Version number of 2.13.0.

  5. Go to the address http://localhost:8080/vcclient/ on the same machine running the VOLANO chat server to connect to the server with the VOLANO chat applets.

Windows Systems

To apply the upgrade to VOLANO chat server version 2.12 on a Windows system:

  1. Stop the VOLANO chat server.

  2. Save a backup copy of the version 2.12 code for recovery purposes by renaming the following two JAR files and directory:

    Server JAR file:
        volano-2.12.0\lib\volano-chat-server.jar
            ==> volano-chat-server.jar.old
    Servlet JAR file:
        volano-2.12.0\webapps\ROOT\WEB-INF\lib\volano-chat-servlets.jar
            ==> volano-chat-servlets.jar.old
    Applet directory:
        volano-2.12.0\webapps\ROOT\vcclient\COM\volano
            ==> volano.old
    
  3. Download the volano-upgrade-2.13.0-localhost.zip file. Right-click the file and select Extract All... from the context menu. Follow the instructions and select the VOLANO chat server version 2.12 folder where you want the upgrade applied, as shown in the example below for the user john.

    Extraction Wizard

    If you use a command-line unzip program to extract the files instead of the Windows Extraction Wizard, add the -DD command option. The -DD option of many unzip programs suppresses the timestamp restoration for all extracted files and directories, setting the timestamps to the current time. With current timestamps, your Web site visitors will be sure to pick up the new applet files instead of using copies of the old ones in their cache.

    The upgrade archive installs the following files into the folder where you unpack it:

    lib\volano-chat-server.jar
    webapps\ROOT\WEB-INF\lib\volano-chat-servlets.jar
    webapps\ROOT\vcclient\COM\volano\Agent.jar
    webapps\ROOT\vcclient\COM\volano\Agent.jar.gz
    webapps\ROOT\vcclient\COM\volano\Agent.jar.pack.gz
    webapps\ROOT\vcclient\COM\volano\MyVolanoChat.jar
    webapps\ROOT\vcclient\COM\volano\MyVolanoChat.jar.gz
    webapps\ROOT\vcclient\COM\volano\MyVolanoChat.jar.pack.gz
    webapps\ROOT\vcclient\COM\volano\VolanoChat.jar
    webapps\ROOT\vcclient\COM\volano\VolanoChat.jar.gz
    webapps\ROOT\vcclient\COM\volano\VolanoChat.jar.pack.gz
    webapps\ROOT\vcclient\COM\volano\WebVolanoChat.jar
    webapps\ROOT\vcclient\COM\volano\WebVolanoChat.jar.gz
    webapps\ROOT\vcclient\COM\volano\WebVolanoChat.jar.pack.gz
    

    Note: If you moved the public vcclient directory to your Web server root directory, you'll need to copy the new applet files there.

  4. Open the Command Prompt. Change to the VOLANO chat server directory and start the server with the commands:

    cd volano-2.12.0
    startup
    

    You should see messages like the following:

    java version "1.7.0_60"
    Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.7.0_60-b19)
    Java HotSpot(TM) Client VM (build 24.60-b09, mixed mode, sharing)
    VOLANO(TM) Chat Server Version 2.13.0
    Copyright (c) 1996-2014 Status Six Communications
    Loading server properties from "C:\Users\volano\volano-2.12.0\conf\properties.txt".
    www.example.com:8000 (192.168.1.1:8000) VolanoChatPro - unlimited connections.
    Apache Tomcat/4.1.40
    

    Note the updated VOLANO Chat Server Version number of 2.13.0.

  5. Go to the address http://localhost:8080/vcclient/ on the same machine running the VOLANO chat server to connect to the server with the VOLANO chat applets.

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