Installing EPrints 3 on Ubuntu 6.10

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This page contains old information, please refer to Installing_EPrints_3_via_apt_(Debian/Ubuntu)


Setting up Ubuntu

This instructions assume a working Ubuntu 6.10 ("Edgy Eft") installation (or close approximation thereof). Some further remarks are added for installation on Ubuntu 7.04 (on 27 June 2007).

See also: Installing EPrints 3 via apt (Debian/Ubuntu)

Install EPrints Dependencies

Install Apache and mod_perl. Some installations are coming with an apache1 or apache2 installation. Make sure that they do not interfere with your work. (The simplest solution is to remove them first.)

$ sudo aptitude install apache2 libapache2-mod-perl2

Ubuntu 7.04 comes with threaded apache2. Do not use threaded version, rather install the pre-fork one, see the Tech list 6940 article

U7.04$ sudo aptitude install apache2-mpm-prefork libapache2-mod-perl2

Install MySQL:

$ sudo aptitude install mysql-server

Install EPrints perl dependencies:

$ sudo aptitude install libxml-libxml-perl libunicode-string-perl \
  libterm-readkey-perl libmime-lite-perl libdbd-mysql-perl libxml-parser-perl.

In Ubuntu 7.05 the package libxml-libxml-perl is not complete, thus you need to install it from cpan. It requires two extra packages as well:

U7.04$ sudo aptitude install libxml2-dev gcc
U7.04$ sudo cpan XML::LibXML

Install Readonly (you will need to configure CPAN if not already done):

$ sudo cpan install Readonly

If XML::GDOME should be used instead of XML::DOM, you could try if the unofficial Debian package works for you.

Further Packages

You need further packages for the seamless work of Eprints; these might or might not be installed on the system:

Auxiliary programs (they might be needed before running cpan):

$ sudo aptitude install gzip tar unzip make lynx wget ncftp ftp

Programs for extracting content:

$ sudo aptitude install gs xpdf xv antiword elinks

Programs making pictures, formulas, etc.

$ sudo aptitude install pdftk tetex-bin psutils imagemagick

Configuring MySQL

It is strongly recommended that you set a root password in mysql:

$ mysqladmin -u root password <new password>

Create an 'eprints' system user

$ sudo adduser --system --home /opt/eprints3 --group eprints 

Add the 'www-data' user to the 'eprints' group:

$ sudo adduser www-data eprints

Install EPrints

Download EPrints 3. Unpack and install the tarball:

$ tar xzvf eprints-3.x.y.tar.gz
$ cd eprints-3.x.y
$ ./configure --with-smtp-server=smtp.yourdomain
$ sudo ./

The Ubuntu 7.04 kernel does not support the syscalls Eprints uses for determining the free disk size. Thus you must disable df as well:

U7.04$ ./configure --with-smtp-server=smtp.yourdomain --disable-diskfree

Set up Apache2

Add this line to /etc/apache2/sites-available/eprints

Include /opt/eprints3/cfg/apache.conf

and enable the site

$ sudo a2ensite eprints

(this leaves /etc/apache2/apache.conf untouched, making future Apache upgrades easier)

Set up the indexer as a service

$ sudo ln -s /opt/eprints3/bin/epindexer /etc/init.d/epindexer

Make the indexer start automatically when the machine is rebooted:

$ sudo update-rc.d epindexer defaults 99 99

Configure an archive

Follow the steps in the main EPrints documentation to configure an archive.

Restarting Apache

$ sudo /etc/init.d/apache2 force-reload