How to build a development environment from source control

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This article explains the various ways you can build a development environment for EPrints source contributions. If you have a method not listed here then please add it. Instructions assume familiarity with EPrints and the command line. You can use repositories built in this way to test contributions to EPrints source before pushing them to the git remote.

If you find bugs with any of these instructions please update them

Ubuntu 14.04

Take a clean ubuntu 14.04 build

sudo su
apt-get install git libtest-memory-cycle-perl
echo "deb nightly/
deb-src source/" > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/eprints.nightly.list
apt-get update
apt-get build-dep eprints
ln -s /home/<yourusername>/eprints /usr/share/eprints3
echo "Include /usr/share/eprints3/cfg/apache.conf" > /etc/apache2/sites-available/eprints-git.conf
sudo a2ensite eprints-git
su <yourusername>
cd ~
git clone
echo "package EPrints::SystemSettings;
\$EPrints::SystemSettings::conf =
        'base_path' => '/usr/share/eprints3',
        'version_id' => 'git',
        'version' => 'EPrints (development version)',
        'user' => '$USER',
        'group' => '$USER',
        'smtp_server' => 'smtp',
cd eprints
bin/epadmin create #create a repository in the normal manner remember your <archiveid>
sudo service apache2 restart
sudo chgrp www-data archives/test/documents/ -R
testdata/bin/import_test_data <archiveid>
# wait for 5 minutes or so until the indexing is done
bin/epadmin unit_tests


User-space EPrints (when EPrints is already installed on the VM)


> mkdir eprints-github
> git clone
... clones into eprints ...
> cd eprints
> mkdir apache
> git clone apache
... cloning into apache ...
> vi perl_lib/EPrints/
        ##### add the following - setting 'user' and 'group' to your username/group
        package EPrints::SystemSettings;
        $EPrints::SystemSettings::conf =
                'user' => 'john',
                'group' => 'john',
                'smtp_server' => '',
        ### save and quit (:wq)
> bin/epadmin create
... fill in the details ...
... the userspace apache will listen to port 8080 and 8083 (secure) by default ...