Installing EPrints on RHEL/Fedora/CentOS

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  • RedHat Enterprise (RHEL) / CentOS 7 or Fedora 25+. These instructions will more than likely work for RHEL / CentOS 6 but have not been as thoroughly tested.
  • Pre-installed MySQL server and client.
    • RHEL / Fedora: yum install mysql-server mysql
    • CentOS: yum install mariadb-server mariadb

Installing from EPrints 3.3.x RPM

Add the repository key:

rpm -ivh

Next, add the EPrints repository:

rpm -ivh

Then, upgrade your XML libraries:

yum upgrade libxml2 libxslt perl-XML-LibXML perl-XML-LibXSLT

Finally, install EPrints 3:

yum install eprints 

Other Non-critical Dependencies

Some of EPrints non-core functionality may not work out of the box as these dependencies are not included as part of the RPM. Here is a list of known additional packages (and the YUM repositories in which they can be found) or CPAN modules than can be installed.

Some of these known additional packages are only available through the Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux (EPEL) YUM repository, which can be installed as the root user as follows:

yum -y install epel-release
yum repolist 

CPAN modules should be installed using the cpan command as the root user.

  • perl-Geo-IP (epel) - Allows IRstats2 to determine the location of views/downloads for publications.]
  • perl-Spreadsheet-WriteExcel (epel) - To allow Multiline Excel export.
  • CPAN module Text::Refer - Required for EndNote import.
  • perl-Image-ExifTool (epel) - Sometimes needed to support generation of thumbnails for uploaded documents/images.
  • perl-LWP-Protocol-https (base) - Needed by DataCite plugin to register repository DOIs.

Installing EPrints 3.3.x from Source

N.B. Installing from source is generally discouraged particularly for production repositories. However, if want to develop the EPrints code or a plugin or Bazaar package it may be useful to install from source, ideally from EPrints Core Git repository.

First, install the EPEL YUM package repository and run yum repolist to ensure the GPG key is installed:

yum install epel-release
yum repolist

Now, install all the dependencies that would be installed through the eprints RPM.

yum install libxml2 libxslt httpd mod_perl perl-DBI perl-DBD-MySQL perl-IO-Socket-SSL perl-Time-HiRes perl-CGI \
    perl-Digest-MD5 perl-Digest-SHA perl-XML-LibXML perl-XML-LibXSLT perl-XML-SAX perl-MIME-Lite tetex-latex wget \
    gzip tar ImageMagick unzip elinks poppler-utils chkconfig

Next, create the eprints user

adduser eprints

Next, clone the Git repository from GitHub to /opt/ and set the eprints user as the owner. It is probably best to checkout the latest release rather than using HEAD, which may have known issues:

yum install git
git clone /opt/eprints3
cd /opt/eprints3/
git checkout tags/v3.3.15
chown -R eprints:eprints . 

Next, as the eprints user copy /opt/eprints3/perl_lib/EPrints/ to /opt/eprints3/perl_lib/Eprints/

EPrints is now fully installed at /opt/eprints3. However, you will not yet have a running archive. Follow the Getting Started with EPrints 3 instructions to set this up.

Now update Apache configuration to set it up to use the eprints user and group, by ensuring the following lines are set thus in /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf:

User  eprints
Group eprints

Now add the file /etc/httpd/conf.d/eprints.conf with the following line:

Include /opt/eprints3/cfg/apache.conf

There is a good chance your operating system will have SELinux enabled. If so, follow the instructions under Troubleshooting for how to let EPrints do what it needs to do through SELinux.

Finally, restart Apache:

 service httpd restart

You should now be able to access your vanilla repository at the hostname you specified when running epadmin create from the Getting Started with EPrints 3 instructions.


Starting database and webserver at boot

As with any database-backed web application, if you have not already done so you should ensure the database and webserver start up automatically after booting. For Redhat and Fedora use the following commands as root:

chkconfig httpd on
chkconfig mysqld on

For CentOS it will instead be:

chkconfig httpd on
chkconfig mariadb on

Failed to parse XML file

When installing EPrints on RHEL6 (may apply to other versions), If you get the error:

Failed to parse XML file:
/usr/share/eprints/lib/lang/en/phrases/system.xml: Entity: line 396: parser error : Entity 'nbsp' not defined age or title page. If there are more...


sed -i 's/ / /g' /usr/share/eprints/lib/lang/en/phrases/system.xml

then navigate to the root of your EPrints install (/opt/eprints or /usr/share/eprints) and run

bin/generate_views *repository_id*
bin/epadmin reload *repository_id*

Upgrade from previous 3.3

After a upgrading from previous 3.3, your existing repository's database may need updating.

bin/epadmin update [archive_id]

Using SELinux

If you're using SELinux on your server you will need to give Apache read/write access to the documents directory for all repositories you create and the eprints var folder (indexer log, ticker files):

chcon -R -h -t httpd_sys_script_rw_t [eprintspath]/archives/[repoid]/documents/
chcon -R -h -t httpd_sys_script_rw_t [eprintspath]/var/

You may also need to tell SELinux to allow Apache to talk on the network, if you intend to run your database on a separate server.

setsebool -P httpd_can_network_connect=1

Using firewalld

Typically RHEL/Fedora/CentOS run a firewall that will block remote connections to you webserver. To overcome this run the following commands as root:

firewall-cmd --permanent --add-service=http
service firewalld restart

You will need to same https if you intend to set that up as well. Otherwise, you can just disable the firewall altogether if you have an institutional level firewall:

service firewalld stop
chkconfig firewalld off