This is a disaster
If you are asking for help, provide lots of detail so problems can be reproduced.
Things to describe:
Operating system ATutor is installed on - unix
ATutor version -2.2
Patch #s applied - can't apply patches
ATutor theme name - 2.0
PHP version - 5.4.37
MySQL version - 5.5.32
Webserver & version - Apache 2.4.12
Copies of error messages - Not contacting the database
Changes to default settings - none
Web browser being used - safari and chrome
...and anything else relevant -
Greg, do you remember a couple of year ago when I reported a problem that you said was not a problem you could reproduce, and I insisted it was still a problem and you realized the was a problem with R.E.10?
I've been using aTutor for ten years and I'm telling you you have a problem again. I've experienced it on two quite different server systems at godaddy and locally on MAMP. Not only cannot I not write test questions, I can't set the dates on them either, which means my students can't take them. I suppose I could reset them in phpmyadmin, but that still doesn't guarantee that the students will be able to take them.
I have tried raising the permissions levels on every file connected with tests, and it changes nothing. I don't have the means to put everything on atutor spaces and it won't upload ims files anyway. I have already tried that with a question I created on spaces.
It may work well on a private server, so why won't it work on MAMP? There is something in that download folder that is totally f***ed. Are you simply going commercial now and trying to get us poor, unbudgetted adjuncts to move to atutor spaces?