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Bare bones profile for beginners

Hello community, I am a new comer to CA.

I am a programmer and yet I am having a tough time understanding various areas in the XML profile and how it relates to the actual user interface. I've also read all the documentation.

From past experiences, a simple example can go a long way in getting up to speed with a new project. I believe that a bare bones profile will help a ton in getting to know the internals of CA (all profiles I've seen are 3000 lines and more).

Anything available out there?



  • Dublin Core and the "default" profile are probably the most bare bones. Unfortunately 3,000 lines is actually pretty short for a CollectiveAccess profile!

  • I share your pain, that's the price of very configurable system.
    What I did is that I run CA in Docker, so that I can test installation profiles and changes in them very easily with full reinstalls (always check validity of profile before install). Also the export of configuration is very handy, so you can see what changes in config when you change something in UI.


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