About MRBS

Erg/Boat Booking System:MRBS 1.4.10+svn
Database:MySQL 5.7.27-0ubuntu0.16.04.1
System:Linux sinkhole 4.15.0-54-generic #58~16.04.1-Ubuntu SMP Mon Jun 24 13:21:41 UTC 2019 x86_64
Server time:Thu 17 Oct 2019 23:32:22 BST

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Making/Altering Bookings

About The Meeting Room Booking System - the basis of this erg/boat booking system.

How do I login?

Just click Log in in the top right of the page and enter the details that should have been given to you. Some functions are restricted to certain users - speak to your boat club webmaster if you require admin tasks (e.g. adding a new boat to be booked) to be completed.


Why can't I delete/alter a booking?

In order to delete or alter a booking, you must be logged in as the same person that made the booking. Contact your boat club webmaster or the person who initially made the booking to have it deleted or changed.


How do I create a booking?

Clicking on the desired time brings you into the booking screen. Fill in the details and click "Save".

Instead of clicking on the desired time you can select a time range and also an erg/boat or day range by dragging the cursor over a group of cells in the day or week views. When the mouse is released you will be taken to the booking screen and the time slots and the room or day range will have been filled in for you.


What is the difference between fifth and last?

When making a monthly recurring booking, the fifth weekday of every month is just that. If a month does not have a fifth weekday then no booking will be made for that month. If you choose the last weekday of the month then a booking will be made on the fourth weekday if there is no fifth weekday.

Fifth last works in a similar way, but counting backwards from the end of the month. Using first will give you the fourth last weekday of the month if there is no fifth last weekday.


How do I delete one instance of a recurring booking?

Select the day/erg/boat/time that you want to delete and select Delete Entry.


My booking failed to be created because of too many entries!

No booking can create more than 365 entries. There needs to be some limit on the number of meetings created in the system. This number can be increased by the QCBC webmaster if necessary - get in touch with qcbc-webmaster at srcf.net if you'd like this changed.


What happens if multiple people schedule the same boat/erg at the same time?

The short answer is: The first person to click on the Submit button wins. Behind the scenes, the system is using a proper multi-user, multi-threaded relational database than can handle many thousands of simultaneous users.


How much did the system cost?

Nothing. See the next section for more information.


How does the system work and who wrote it?

The Meeting Room Booking System is open source software that is distributed under the Gnu Public License(GPL). This means that software is free to use, distribute, and modify. The erg/boat booking system is a modified version of the MRBS.

The system is written mostly in PHP, which is an open source programming language that can be embedded in web pages similar in concept to Microsoft active server pages. PHP is especially good at accessing databases.

The database used for the system is either MySQL or PostgreSQL. MySQL is a very fast, multi-threaded, multi-user and robust SQL (Structured Query Language) database server that is also GPL. PostgreSQL is a full-featured multi-user open source Object Relational SQL database server.

The system will run on multiple platforms, including the PC architecture using the Linux operating system. Linux, is a free, open source, unix-like operating system.

The web server being used is yet another piece of free, open source software. The Apache web server is the world's most popular web server.

The bottom line is: every piece of this system, from the operating system to the application, is completely free - source code and all.