Installing on Fedora Core 4

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Step by step guide to getting EPrints installed on Fedora Core 4.

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Install Fedora Core 4

At the Installation Type step [1], choose Workstation.

At the Security Configuration step [2], tick Remote Login and Web server and disable SELinux (or set it to warn).

At the Package Installation Defaults step [3], select Customize software packages to be installed and add Web Server and MySQL database to the list.

Install Required Packages

If this is the first time yum has been run, import the GPG-KEYs for the Fedora RPM repositories:

root> rpm --import /usr/share/doc/fedora-release-4/*GPG-KEY*

If your eprints server connects to the Web via a proxy, set the http_proxy environment variable:

root> export http_proxy=

Use yum to install the Gnome DOM libraries:

root> yum install gdome2 gdome2-devel

.. the wvware Word document libraries:

root> yum install wv

.. and xpdf:

root> yum install xpdf

wvText (from wv) and pdftotext (from xpdf) are used by the EPrints for full text indexing.

Install Required Perl Modules

The majority of perl modules need by EPrints are already installed.

Install Unicode::String using yum:

root> yum install perl-Unicode-String

Install XML::GDOME from source:

root> wget
root> tar xzvf XML-GDOME-0.86.tar.gz
root> cd XML-GDOME-0.86/
root> perl Makefile.PL
root> make
root> make install

Add an eprints user and group

root> useradd eprints

Set up services

Make apache and mysql start automatically when the machine is rebooted:

root> /sbin/chkconfig mysqld on
root> /sbin/chkconfig httpd on

Install EPrints

root> wget 
root> tar xzvf eprints-
root> cd eprints-

Find out the name of your outgoing SMTP (email) server.

root> ./configure --with-smtp-server smtp.yourdomain
root> ./

Set up apache

Edit the apache config:

root> vi /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf@@

Find the lines:

User apache
Group apache

and change them to:

User eprints
Group eprints

Add this line to the end of httpd.conf:

Include /opt/eprints2/cfg/apache.conf

Set up the indexer as a service

root> ln -s /opt/eprints2/bin/epindexer /etc/init.d/epindexer
root> chkconfig --add epindexer

Make the indexer start automatically when the machine is rebooted:

root> chkconfig epindexer on

Configure an archive

Start mysql:

root> service mysqld start

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