Correct the pathing for the schema directories based on OS. Leave them in the database with linux style paths (forward slashes) since the values are also used to create urls.
Discover the external (backup) directory based on OS
Add debug statements
catch and report missing skins configuration files.
Catch login errors and report the details via an exception.
Added code to populate moderators from metacat.properties
Add release info property to provide a brief description of the release (release candidate info mostly)
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