Vinod Kurup

Hospitalist/programmer in search of the meaning of life

Installing OpenACS via Darwinports

Installing OpenACS via Darwinports

by Vinod Kurup


I’ve created a Darwinports installation for OpenACS. (What is Darwinports?). This will allow you to set up a quick test installation to try out OpenACS. I wouldn’t recommend it for a production (or even a development) server. For those purposes, I’d strictly follow the OpenACS documentation.

Download my OpenACS portfiles and stick them in your local darwinports repository. If you don’t already have a local darwinports repository, create one and add its location to /opt/local/etc/ports/sources.conf (I use file:///Users/vinod/dports-dev). Here’s the steps I took to get everything to work (on Mac OS X Panther).

:~$ wget http://www.kurup.org/files/openacs-dports.tgz
:~$ tar xvzf openacs-dports.tgz
dports-dev/www/
dports-dev/www/aolserver-nscache/
dports-dev/www/aolserver-nscache/Portfile
dports-dev/www/aolserver-nspostgres/
dports-dev/www/aolserver-nspostgres/files/
dports-dev/www/aolserver-nspostgres/files/patch-Makefile.diff
dports-dev/www/aolserver-nspostgres/Portfile
dports-dev/www/aolserver-nssha1/
dports-dev/www/aolserver-nssha1/Portfile
dports-dev/www/openacs/
dports-dev/www/openacs/files/
dports-dev/www/openacs/files/patch-config.diff
dports-dev/www/openacs/files/patch-functions.diff
dports-dev/www/openacs/files/patch-install-sh.diff
dports-dev/www/openacs/files/patch-install-tcl.diff
dports-dev/www/openacs/files/patch-nsd-postgres.diff
dports-dev/www/openacs/Portfile
dports-dev/www/tclwebtest/
dports-dev/www/tclwebtest/Portfile
dports-dev/textproc/
dports-dev/textproc/tdom/
dports-dev/textproc/tdom/Portfile
-->:~$ cd dports-dev/
:~/dports-dev$ portindex
Creating software index in /Users/vinod/dports-dev
Adding port textproc/tdom
Adding port www/aolserver-nscache
Adding port www/aolserver-nspostgres
Adding port www/aolserver-nssha1
Adding port www/openacs
Adding port www/tclwebtest

Total number of ports parsed:   6 
Ports successfully parsed:  6    
Ports failed:           0

:~/dports-dev$ cd
:~$ sudo port install postgresql +server
--->  Fetching postgresql
--->  Attempting to fetch postgresql-7.4.8.tar.bz2 from ftp://ftp2.ch.postgresql.org/mirror/postgresql/source/v7.4.8
--->  Verifying checksum(s) for postgresql
--->  Extracting postgresql
--->  Applying patches to postgresql
--->  Configuring postgresql
--->  Building postgresql with target all
--->  Staging postgresql into destroot
--->  Packaging tgz archive for postgresql 7.4.8_0+darwin_7+server
--->  Installing postgresql 7.4.8_0+darwin_7+server

:~$ sudo su postgres -c '/opt/local/bin/initdb -D /opt/local/var/db/pgsql/defaultdb'

The files belonging to this database system will be owned by user "postgres".
This user must also own the server process.

The database cluster will be initialized with locale C.

creating directory /opt/local/var/db/pgsql/defaultdb... ok
creating directory /opt/local/var/db/pgsql/defaultdb/base... ok
creating directory /opt/local/var/db/pgsql/defaultdb/global... ok
creating directory /opt/local/var/db/pgsql/defaultdb/pg_xlog... ok
creating directory /opt/local/var/db/pgsql/defaultdb/pg_clog... ok
selecting default max_connections... 50
selecting default shared_buffers... 300
creating configuration files... ok
creating template1 database in /opt/local/var/db/pgsql/defaultdb/base/1... ok
initializing pg_shadow... ok
enabling unlimited row size for system tables... ok
initializing pg_depend... ok
creating system views... ok
loading pg_description... ok
creating conversions... ok
setting privileges on built-in objects... ok
creating information schema... ok
vacuuming database template1... ok
copying template1 to template0... ok

Success. You can now start the database server using:

    /opt/local/bin/postmaster -D /opt/local/var/db/pgsql/defaultdb
            or
    /opt/local/bin/pg_ctl -D /opt/local/var/db/pgsql/defaultdb -l logfile start

    :~$ sudo su postgres -c '/opt/local/bin/pg_ctl -D /opt/local/var/db/pgsql/defaultdb -l /opt/local/var/log/pgsql/defaultdb.log start'
    postmaster successfully started

    :~$ sudo port install openacs

    --->  Fetching aolserver
    --->  Attempting to fetch aolserver-4.0.10-src.tar.gz from http://kent.dl.sourceforge.net/aolserver
    --->  Verifying checksum(s) for aolserver
    --->  Extracting aolserver
    --->  Configuring aolserver
    --->  Building aolserver with target all
    --->  Staging aolserver into destroot
    --->  Packaging tgz archive for aolserver 4.0.10_0
    --->  Installing aolserver 4.0.10_0

    AOLserver installed into /opt/local/aolserver

    You now need to configure the server to your needs. You 
    might want to create another user (e.g. aolserver) to run 
    the server.
    --->  Activating aolserver 4.0.10_0
    --->  Cleaning aolserver
    --->  Fetching aolserver-nscache
    --->  Attempting to fetch nscache-1.5.tar.gz from http://kent.dl.sourceforge.net/aolserver
    --->  Verifying checksum(s) for aolserver-nscache
    --->  Extracting aolserver-nscache
    --->  Configuring aolserver-nscache
    --->  Building aolserver-nscache with target all
    --->  Staging aolserver-nscache into destroot
    --->  Packaging tgz archive for aolserver-nscache 1.5_0
    --->  Installing aolserver-nscache 1.5_0
    --->  Activating aolserver-nscache 1.5_0
    --->  Cleaning aolserver-nscache
    --->  Fetching aolserver-nspostgres
    --->  Attempting to fetch nspostgres-4.0.tar.gz from http://kent.dl.sourceforge.net/aolserver
    --->  Verifying checksum(s) for aolserver-nspostgres
    --->  Extracting aolserver-nspostgres
    --->  Applying patches to aolserver-nspostgres
    --->  Configuring aolserver-nspostgres
    --->  Building aolserver-nspostgres with target all
    --->  Staging aolserver-nspostgres into destroot
    --->  Packaging tgz archive for aolserver-nspostgres 4.0_0
    --->  Installing aolserver-nspostgres 4.0_0
    --->  Activating aolserver-nspostgres 4.0_0
    --->  Cleaning aolserver-nspostgres
    --->  Fetching aolserver-nssha1
    --->  Attempting to fetch nssha1-0.1.tar.gz from http://kent.dl.sourceforge.net/aolserver
    --->  Verifying checksum(s) for aolserver-nssha1
    --->  Extracting aolserver-nssha1
    --->  Configuring aolserver-nssha1
    --->  Building aolserver-nssha1 with target all
    --->  Staging aolserver-nssha1 into destroot
    --->  Packaging tgz archive for aolserver-nssha1 0.1_0
    --->  Installing aolserver-nssha1 0.1_0
    --->  Activating aolserver-nssha1 0.1_0
    --->  Cleaning aolserver-nssha1
    --->  Fetching tclwebtest
    --->  Verifying checksum(s) for tclwebtest
    --->  Extracting tclwebtest
    --->  Configuring tclwebtest
    --->  Building tclwebtest with target all
    --->  Staging tclwebtest into destroot

    be sure that /opt/local/lib is included in your TCL path:
    tcsh: setenv TCLLIBPATH "$TCLLIBPATH /opt/local/lib"
    bash: export TCLLIBPATH "$TCLLIBPATH /opt/local/lib"
    --->  Packaging tgz archive for tclwebtest 0.9_0
    --->  Installing tclwebtest 0.9_0
    --->  Activating tclwebtest 0.9_0
    --->  Cleaning tclwebtest
    --->  Fetching tdom
    --->  Attempting to fetch tDOM-0.8.0.tar.gz from http://www.tdom.org/files/
    --->  Verifying checksum(s) for tdom
    --->  Extracting tdom
    --->  Configuring tdom
    --->  Building tdom with target all
    --->  Staging tdom into destroot

    be sure that /opt/local/lib is included in your TCL path:
    tcsh: setenv TCLLIBPATH "$TCLLIBPATH /opt/local/lib"
    bash: export TCLLIBPATH="$TCLLIBPATH /opt/local/lib"
    --->  Packaging tgz archive for tdom 0.8.0_0
    --->  Installing tdom 0.8.0_0
    --->  Activating tdom 0.8.0_0
    --->  Cleaning tdom
    --->  Fetching openacs
    --->  Attempting to fetch openacs-5.1.5.tar.gz from http://openacs.org/projects/openacs/download/download/
    --->  Verifying checksum(s) for openacs
    --->  Extracting openacs
    --->  Applying patches to openacs
    --->  Configuring openacs
    --->  Building openacs with target all
    --->  Staging openacs into destroot
    --->  Packaging tgz archive for openacs 5.1.5_0
    --->  Installing openacs 5.1.5_0
    --->  Activating openacs 5.1.5_0
    Running the OpenACS install script. (could take 10-15 minutes)
    OpenACS should now be running with the following settings:
    url:          http://127.0.0.1
    serverroot:   /opt/local/openacs/service0
    logs:         /opt/local/openacs/service0/log
    PID files:    /opt/local/aolserver/log
    admin user:   [email protected]
    admin passwd: 1
    UNIX uid:     service0
    UNIX gid:     web

    Adjust AOLserver settings in /opt/local/openacs/service0/etc/config.tcl
    Adjust OpenACS settings through the web interface.
    --->  Cleaning openacs
    :~$ 

Be patient once the install script starts running. It takes a long time. Again, this is just a quick and dirty way of trying out OpenACS. I’d be happy to hear any comments or questions.