ARSC Really Simple Chat

Installation Instructions

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Copyright 2001-2005 Manuel Kiessling

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ARSC can be installed by following these four steps:

1) Create a MySQL database (or use an existing one)
2) Provide the hostname, username, password, and database name to allow ARSC to connect to your MySQL Server
3) Copy the ARSC files onto the webserver
4) Open the install script url in the webbrowser

Create a MySQL database

First of all, you need a database on a MySQL server to which ARSC will connect to once it is installed.

Create this database if you don't already have one that you want to use, and create a new or use an existing MySQL user account that ARSC can use to connect to the MySQL server.

For the following example, let's assume the name of the database is arsc, the username is arsc, and the password is somethingreallysecret (please do **not** choose this as your password!), and the MySQL server runs on the same machine as your webserver, thus ARSC will connect to localhost.
Of course you can name your database however you want, same goes for the username and the password, and it is no problem if MySQL runs on a remote machine.

Provide MySQL credentials

Extract the zipped ARSC archive, and find the file It is located in the directory inc, which is a subdirectory of base in the root directory of the extracted archive. Open this file in your favorite text editor, and edit these four lines:

define("ARSC_PARAMETER_DB_HOST", "localhost");
define("ARSC_PARAMETER_DB_USER", "user");
define("ARSC_PARAMETER_DB_PASSWORD", "password");
define("ARSC_PARAMETER_DB_DATABASE", "database");

Change them according to your installation. With our example values the result would be:

define("ARSC_PARAMETER_DB_HOST", "localhost");
define("ARSC_PARAMETER_DB_USER", "arsc");
define("ARSC_PARAMETER_DB_PASSWORD", "somethingreallysecret");

Now save your changes.

Copy the files onto the server

Open up a FTP or SCP program, and copy all files you extracted from the zipped archive onto your webserver, into a directory which can be reached on the WWW.

Run the install script

Now start your favourite browser, and point it at the install directory. It is a subdirectory of base in the root directory of the extracted archive. If for example your domain name is, and you copied all your files into a directory named chat, you would have to open this url:

This script will do the necessary steps to finish the installation of ARSC. If an error occurs, it will point you at the right direction to get help. Please don't forget to write down the user accounts it will list, and make sure you delete the install directory once the installation is finished, or other people might be able to mess up your installation and change your passwords!

You can then visit your chat at this url (example domain only):

And you can open the admin interface at this url (example domain only):

In order to be able to use the administration interface, you have to provide the credentials for the user Administrator, which were created upon installation.