Install AOLserver 4

by Malte Sussdorff

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  1. Check suitability of previously installed TCL. Start tcl (type tclsh or find it using which tclsh).

    [root root]% info exists tcl_platform(threaded)
    [root root]% info patchlevel
    [root root]%
    info exists tcl_platform(threaded)
    info patchlevel

    If the first command returns anything other than 1, then tcl is not threaded. If tcl is threaded and the version is 8.4 or higher, then installing tcl from source is optional.

    Retrieve TCL 8.4 (or higher). Download and install TCL 8.4 from source

    If you have not installed a threaded version of TCL, download the latest TCL version from Sourceforge

    Debian: apt-get install tcl8.4 tcl8.4-dev and proceed to the next step. In that step, replace --with-tcl=/usr/local/lib/ with --with-tcl=/usr/lib/tcl8.4.

    Remember that you have to be root if you want to follow these instructions. On Mac OS X type sudo su - to become root.

    Alternatively use curl -L -O instead of wget (especially on Mac OS X).

    [root root]# cd /usr/local/src
    [root src]# wget
    [root src]# tar xfz tcl8.4.7-src.tar.gz
    [root src]# cd tcl8.4.7/unix
    [root unix]# ./configure --enable-threads
    [root unix]# make install
    [root root]# 
    cd /usr/local/src
    tar xfz tcl8.4.7-src.tar.gz
    cd tcl8.4.7/unix
    ./configure --enable-threads
    make install
  2. Retrieve AOLserver. Download the aolserver from CVS.

    [root root]# cd /usr/local/src
    [root src]# mkdir aolserver40r8
    [root src]# cd aolserver40r8
    [root aolserver]# cvs -z3 login
    [root aolserver]# cvs -z3 co  -r aolserver_v40_r8 aolserver
    [root aolserver]# cvs -z3 co nscache
    [root aolserver]# cvs -z3 co nspostgres
    [root aolserver]# cvs -z3 co nssha1
    [root aolserver]# cvs -z3 co -r v2_7 nsoracle
    [root aolserver]# cvs -z3 co nsxml
    [root aolserver]# wget
    [root aolserver]# tar xvfz tDOM-0.7.8.tar.gz
    [root root]# 
    cd /usr/local/src
    mkdir aolserver40r8
    cd aolserver40r8
    cvs -z3 co -r aolserver_v40_r8 aolserver
    cvs -z3 co nscache
    cvs -z3 co nspostgres
    cvs -z3 co nssha1
    cvs -z3 co -r v2_7 nsoracle
    cvs -z3 co nsxml
    tar xvfz tDOM-0.7.8.tar.gz
  3. Configure, compile and install AOLserver. Many people need to run more than one version of AOLserver in parallel. This section accomodates future upgrades by installing AOLserver 4 in /usr/local/aolserver40r8.

    [root aolserver]# cd /usr/local/src/aolserver40r8/aolserver
    [root aolserver]# ./configure --prefix=/usr/local/aolserver40r8 --with-tcl=/usr/local/lib/
    [root aolserver]# make install
    cd /usr/local/src/aolserver40r8/aolserver
    ./configure --prefix=/usr/local/aolserver40r8 --with-tcl=/usr/local/lib/
    make install
    ln -s /usr/local/aolserver40r8 /usr/local/aolserver

    If this is the only version of AOLserver in use, or is the default version, create a symlink. If not, then be sure to use /usr/local/aolserver40r8 instead of /usr/local/aolserver in future steps.

    [root aolserver]# ln -s /usr/local/aolserver40r8 /usr/local/aolserver
  4. Configure, compile and install the modules. 

    1. Install nscache

      [root aolserver]# cd /usr/local/src/aolserver40r8/nscache
      [root nscache]# make install
    2. Install nsoracle (if you want to use Oracle)

      [root nscache]# cd ../nsoracle
      [root nsoracle]# make install
    3. Install nspostgres (if you want to use Postgres)

      [root nsrewrite]# cd ../nspostgres
      [root nspostgres]# make install POSTGRES=/usr/local/pgsql ACS=1 INST=/usr/local/aolserver40r8 

      If you get errors like:

      nspostgres.c: In function `Ns_PgTableList':
      nspostgres.c:679: warning: passing arg 3 of `Tcl_DStringAppend' as signed due to prototype

      then PostGreSQL is probably not in the standard location. The location of PostGreSQL is very dependent on which method was used to install it. To correct the problem, replace /usr/local/pgsql with the path to the path to your PostGreSQL installation.

      Another possibility is that you may need to set the LD_LIBRARY_PATH environmental variable. You may still get warnings, but sometimes this will fix things enough to work.

      [root nspostgres]# export LD_LIBRARY_PATH=$LD_LIBRARY_PATH:/usr/local/pgsql/lib

      You can use the ldd command to verify that all libraries are linked in: ldd /usr/local/src/aolserver40r8/nspostgres/

      If you run into problems with libpq.a do the following (and repeat the step above)

      [root nspostgres]# ranlib /usr/local/pgsql/lib/libpq.a

      If you run into problems with the linker, edit the Makefile. Add -lnsdb to the MODLIBS var.

      MODLIBS = -L$(PGLIB) -lpq -lnsdb
    4. Install nssha1

      [root nsrewrite]# cd ../nssha1
      [root nssha1]# make

      If the make fails you will have to edit nssha1.c. Comment out the following 2 lines (lines 139-140):

      // typedef unsigned int u_int32_t;
      // typedef unsigned char u_int8_t;

      Now install nssha1:

      [root nssha1]# make install
    5. Install tDOM

      [root nssha1]# cd ../tDOM-0.7.8/unix              
      [root unix]# ../configure --enable-threads --disable-tdomalloc --prefix=/usr/local/aolserver40r8 --with-tcl=/usr/local/lib
      [root unix]# make install

  5. Add a database-specific wrapper script. This script sets database environment variables before starting AOLserver; this allows the AOLserver instance can communicate with the database. There is one script each for Oracle and PostgreSQL. They don't conflict, so if you plan to use both databases, install both.

    • Oracle

      [root aolserver]# cd /usr/local/aolserver40r8/bin
      [root bin]# cp /tmp/openacs-5.1.4/packages/acs-core-docs/www/files/nsd-oracle.txt ./nsd-oracle
      [root bin]# chmod 750 nsd-oracle
      [root bin]#
      cd /usr/local/aolserver40r8/bin
      cp /tmp/openacs-5.1.4/packages/acs-core-docs/www/files/nsd-oracle.txt ./nsd-oracle
      chmod 750 nsd-oracle
    • PostgreSQL

      [root aolserver]# cd /usr/local/aolserver40r8/bin
      [root bin]# cp /tmp/openacs-5.1.4/packages/acs-core-docs/www/files/nsd-postgres.txt ./nsd-postgres
      [root bin]# chmod 755 nsd-postgres
      [root bin]#
      cd /usr/local/aolserver40r8/bin
      cp /tmp/openacs-5.1.4/packages/acs-core-docs/www/files/nsd-postgres.txt ./nsd-postgres
      chmod 755 nsd-postgres

    You may need to edit these scripts if you are not using /usr/local/aolserver as the directory of Aolserver4.

  6. Change startup script (optional). If you want to run AOLserver on a port below 1024 (normally, for a webserver you will use 80), you will have to change the /var/lib/aolserver/service0/etc/daemontools/run script according to the documentation found there (namely: Add the -b yourip:yourport switch)

  7. Test AOLserver.

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