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Commit 09ebc965 authored by Evan Prodromou's avatar Evan Prodromou

update README with new install instructions

parent aa1bc621
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configure virtual hosts on your web server, you can try setting up
"http://micro.example.net/" or the like.
3. You should also take this moment to make your avatar subdirectory
writeable by the Web server. An insecure way to do this is:
3. Make your target directory writeable by the Web server.
chmod a+w /var/www/mublog/avatar
chmod a+w /var/www/mublog/
On some systems, this will probably work:
chgrp www-data /var/www/mublog/avatar
chmod g+w /var/www/mublog/avatar
chgrp www-data /var/www/mublog/
chmod g+w /var/www/mublog/
If your Web server runs as another user besides "www-data", try
that user's default group instead. As a last resort, you can create
a new group like "avatar" and add the Web server's user to the group.
a new group like "mublog" and add the Web server's user to the group.
4. Create a database to hold your microblog data. Something like this
4. You should also take this moment to make your avatar subdirectory
writeable by the Web server. An insecure way to do this is:
chmod a+w /var/www/mublog/avatar
You can also make the avatar directory writeable by the Web server
group, as noted above.
5. Create a database to hold your microblog data. Something like this
should work:
mysqladmin -u "username" --password="password" create laconica
......@@ -263,63 +270,55 @@ especially if you've previously installed PHP/MySQL packages.
a tool like PHPAdmin to create a database. Check your hosting
service's documentation for how to create a new MySQL database.)
5. Run the laconica.sql SQL script in the db subdirectory to create
the database tables in the database. A typical system would work
like this:
mysql -u "username" --password="password" laconica < /var/www/mublog/db/laconica.sql
You may want to test by logging into the database and checking that
the tables were created. Here's an example:
SHOW TABLES;
6. Create a new database account that Laconica will use to access the
database. If you have shell access, this will probably work from the
MySQL shell:
GRANT SELECT,INSERT,DELETE,UPDATE on laconica.*
GRANT ALL on laconica.*
TO 'lacuser'@'localhost'
IDENTIFIED BY 'lacpassword';
You should change 'lacuser' and 'lacpassword' to your preferred new
username and password. You may want to test logging in as this new
user and testing that you can SELECT from some of the tables in the
DB (use SHOW TABLES to see which ones are there).
7. Copy the config.php.sample in the Laconica directory to config.php.
8. Edit config.php to set the basic configuration for your system.
(See descriptions below for basic config options.) Note that there
are lots of options and if you try to do them all at once, you will
have a hard time making sure what's working and what's not. So,
stick with the basics at first. In particular, customizing the
'site' and 'db' settings will almost definitely be needed.
9. At this point, you should be able to navigate in a browser to your
microblog's main directory and see the "Public Timeline", which
will be empty. If not, magic has happened! You can now register a
new user, post some notices, edit your profile, etc. However, you
may want to wait to do that stuff if you think you can set up
"fancy URLs" (see below), since some URLs are stored in the database.
username and password. You may want to test logging in to MySQL as
this new user.
7. In a browser, navigate to the Laconica install script; something like:
http://yourserver.example.com/mublog/install.php
Enter the database connection information and your site name. The
install program will configure your site and install the initial,
almost-empty database.
8. You should now be able to navigate to your microblog's main directory
and see the "Public Timeline", which will be empty. If not, magic
has happened! You can now register a new user, post some notices,
edit your profile, etc. However, you may want to wait to do that stuff
if you think you can set up "fancy URLs" (see below), since some
URLs are stored in the database.
Fancy URLs
----------
By default, Laconica will have big long sloppy URLs that are hard for
people to remember or use. For example, a user's home profile might be
By default, Laconica will use URLs that include the main PHP program's
name in them. For example, a user's home profile might be
found at:
http://example.org/mublog/index.php?action=showstream&nickname=fred
http://example.org/mublog/index.php/mublog/fred
On certain systems that don't support this kind of syntax, they'll
look like this:
http://example.org/mublog/index.php?p=mublog/fred
It's possible to configure the software so it looks like this instead:
http://example.org/mublog/fred
These "fancy URLs" are more readable and memorable for users. To use
fancy URLs, you must either have Apache 2.2.x with .htaccess enabled
and mod_redirect enabled, -OR- know how to configure "url redirection"
in your server.
fancy URLs, you must either have Apache 2.x with .htaccess enabled and
mod_redirect enabled, -OR- know how to configure "url redirection" in
your server.
1. Copy the htaccess.sample file to .htaccess in your Laconica
directory. Note: if you have control of your server's httpd.conf or
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If you changed your HTTP server configuration, you may need to restart
the server first.
If you have problems with the .htaccess file on versions of Apache
earlier than 2.2.x, try changing the regular expressions in the
htaccess.sample file that use "\w" to just use ".".
Sphinx
------
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# Update Twitter friends subscriptions every half hour
0,30 * * * * /path/to/php /path/to/laconica/scripts/synctwitterfriends.php>&/dev/null
Built-in Facebook Application
Built-in Facebook Application
-----------------------------
Laconica's Facebook application allows your users to automatically
......@@ -571,7 +566,7 @@ above).
Quick setup instructions*:
Install the Facebook Developer application on Facebook:
Install the Facebook Developer application on Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/developers/
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Themes
------
There are two themes shipped with this version of Laconica: "stoica",
There are two themes shipped with this version of Laconica: "identica",
which is what the Identi.ca site uses, and "default", which is a good
basis for other sites.
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