Installing EPrints on Debian/Ubuntu

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David Tarrant has built a Debian/Ubuntu package for Eprints.

APT Mirrors

Add one of the following mirrors (2 lines) to your /etc/apt/sources.list file as the root user. Please ensure that there is only one set in the file or you may not experience the correct behaviour.

EPrints Latest

To install the testing build add *one* the following to /etc/apt/sources.list:

Stable Builds

deb stable/
deb-src source/

Testing Builds

deb unstable/
deb-src source/

Nightly Build

Rather than the above add the following to /etc/apt/sources.list (note that this code is in developement and will not neccessarily compile):

deb nightly/
deb-src source/

EPrints 3.X (Specific Version Locking)

Stable Release

Add the following to /etc/apt/sources.list:

deb stable/
deb-src source/

Unstable Release

To install the latest unstable release add the following to /etc/apt/sources.list:

deb unstable/
deb-src source/

Nightly Build

To install the nightly build add the following to /etc/apt/sources.list:

deb nightly/
deb-src source/

Installing Eprints via apt-get

To install Eprints and all its dependencies execute the following (as root):

apt-get update
apt-get install eprints

Setting up a Repository

You should now have a working installation of eprints in /usr/share/eprints3/. Please follow the on-screen instructions to set up an eprints repository. You probably want to start with (as root):

For more information about setting up an EPrints repository take a look at Getting Started with EPrints 3

Read First: Known issues with the Debian/Ubuntu package can be found at Debian Known Issues.

su eprints
./bin/epadmin create
a2ensite eprints3
apache2ctl restart

If you have any problems getting set up you can get free help and support from the EP-Tech mailing list. For free support and discussion about EPrints you can sign up to the EP-Tech here:

Setting up your crontab

See Automating your maintenance

Getting and Compiling from Source (not required)

To install dependencies and retrieve the Eprints source execute the following:

apt-get update
apt-get build-dep eprints
apt-get source eprints

The source will be saved to a tarball in the current directory.

Issues with Ubuntu 13/14 (Apache 2.3/2.4)

Apache 2.3+ and PERL v5.16+ introduce a few changes which break EPrints.

A complete HOW-TO guide to install EPrints3 on Ubuntu 14.04 is available here

Current patches on github are:

Ensure that mpm_prefork module is enabled in /etc/apache2/mods-enabled (among others).

Complete list of modules for a working repository include the following (although some may be surplus to requirements e.g. php5 is not strictly necessary)

  • access_compat.load
  • alias.conf
  • alias.load
  • auth_basic.load
  • authn_core.load
  • authn_file.load
  • authz_core.load
  • authz_host.load
  • authz_user.load
  • autoindex.conf
  • autoindex.load
  • deflate.conf
  • deflate.load
  • dir.conf
  • dir.load
  • env.load
  • filter.load
  • mime.conf
  • mime.load
  • mpm_prefork.conf
  • mpm_prefork.load
  • negotiation.conf
  • negotiation.load
  • perl.load
  • php5.conf
  • php5.load
  • setenvif.conf
  • setenvif.load
  • status.conf
  • status.load