I am running on a fresh Ubuntu 7.10 server installation. The exact error I am receiving is:
gzip: stdin: not in gzip format
tar: Child returned status 1
tar: Error exit delayed from previous errors
Apache is working fine, I also installed PHPMyAdmin without any trouble.
So, any help anyone can provide would be greatly appreciated. We are looking into Moodle as a replacement for our existing CMS (eChalk). We want to evaluate it as an alternative to BlackBoard. We have 8 campuses that we will be setting up with around 10,000 students so this will be a rather large undertaking (at least for us).
First, instead of moodle-1.8.4.tgz you could use Latest Stable Build Moodle 1.8.4+ moodle-latest-18.tgz or moodle-latest-18.zip because the latest version has several bug fixes since 11th of January ( http://download.moodle.org/stable18/CHANGES )
Did you select binary file type in ftp? If it was transfered in ascii mode it would cause checksum errors.
You could also try to extract the file first to tar format with
tar -xvf moodle-latest-18.tar
I have always unzipped zip packages...they work as well in Linux.
I also did a:
moodle-latest-18.tgz: HTML document text
So, it looks like I am not downloading the file, but just an http header maybe? Any thoughts?
Usually all the commands you have used should work ( starting from wget and tar etc ) - maybe the server itself is missing some programs or is somehow misconfigured ?
If you have some kind a straigh ssh or ftp access to your server through web you could of course download a package from http://download.moodle.org/ , extract tgz or zip package to your local pc with any free or commercial software, connect to your server with a program like Filezilla and move folders (drag and drop) inside web root + create moodledata folder (not inside web root) and database.
Maybe someone who has installed moodle to Ubuntu 7.10 could comment (my personal test server is Debian Etch and although it should be almost the "same family" as Ubuntu I may have missed something).
Make sure you are downloading the actual TGZ archive rather than the download placeholder -
Actual download: http://download.moodle.org/stable18/moodle-latest-18.tgz