Linux (Ubuntu) Installation - Supporting Software for iHRIS 4.3+ - 14.04

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This document describes the needed installation and configuration of supporting software for iHRIS on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, Trusty Tahr for iHRIS versions 4.3 and later.

Getting Ready

Here are instructions for installing the supporting software for iHRIS on a Linux (Ubuntu) system. If you need help installing Ubuntu you may want to take a look at these directions for installing a Server or a Desktop system. For a server setup, we recommend using a LTS (long term support) version of Ubuntu.

Note: Unless specifically mentioned, all the commands below are run using a terminal. You can start this in Ubuntu by going to Applications -> Accessories -> Terminal. Any time a command begins with sudo it will prompt for your password because this will be run with administrative privileges. When you run sudo multiple times, only the first time will ask for your password.

Note: Some installation commands will prompt for inputs in the terminal window, usually with a blue background. The mouse doesn't work to click on options here. You can use Tab to move between options and the space bar to check or uncheck selections.

Note: Some commands will launch the gedit file editor. Look at the documentation if you need additional help.

We begin by install a Lamp server (You can find more help here). You will also need to install the PHP5 MySQL Native Driver to replace the default PHP5 MySQL driver. <source lang="bash"> sudo tasksel install lamp-server sudo apt-get install php5-mysqlnd </source> If you have never used mysql on your system, you will be asked to set the 'root' password for mysql. We will refer to this password as XXXXX below.

Important: Make sure your email system is correctly configured. Under a default Ubuntu installation, you can do this with one of two commands: <source lang="bash"> sudo apt-get install postfix sudo dpkg-reconfigure postfix </source>

Follow the on-screen instructions to set up email on your system. For additional help with installing Postfix, look at these instructions. On Debian systems, the same commands can be used, but exim4 is the default MTA instead of postfix

If you are using another Linux distribution, make sure your system can send email properly before continuing.

Configuring MYSQL

Make sure you have in /etc/mysql/my.cnf the following values set: <source lang="bash"> sudo gedit /etc/mysql/my.cnf </source> <source lang="ini"> query_cache_limit = 4M query_cache_size = 64M </source> It appears that they were reduced with Karmic.

To configure MySQL so iHRIS can create needed functions: <source lang="bash"> mysql -u root -p </source> Enter the password you set above (XXXXX) for MySQL. You will now be able to send commands to MySQL and the prompt should always begin with 'mysql> '. Type these commands: <source lang="mysql"> SET GLOBAL log_bin_trust_function_creators = 1; exit </source>

Installing Pear and PECL Packages

We need to install a few Pear and PECL packages for PHP. For the Pear packages you can do: <source lang="bash"> sudo apt-get install php-pear php5-gd php5-tidy php5-intl sudo pear install text_password </source> If the command for installing text_password, does not work for you
Download and Install the package manually as follows: <source lang="bash"> cd /tmp wget </source> Installed the deb <source lang="bash"> sudo dpkg -i php-text-password_1.1.1-1_all.deb </source>


We need to install the UUID module for PHP. We need to install from PECL. This can be done by first installing the php5-dev pageckage and the uuid packges. <source lang='bash'>

</source> Now install UUID from PECL: <source lang='bash'> sudo pecl install uuid </source> It will ask a few questions and you can just press enter to take the default answers.

We'll also need to create the ini file to load UUID into PHP. <source lang="bash"> sudo gedit /etc/php5/mods-available/uuid.ini </source> It should look like this: <source lang="ini"> </source>

We'll also need to enable this for Apache and CLI by creating 2 symlinks for the uuid file:

<source lang='bash'> sudo ln -s /etc/php5/mods-available/uuid.ini /etc/php5/apache2/conf.d/30-uuid.ini sudo ln -s /etc/php5/mods-available/uuid.ini /etc/php5/cli/conf.d/30-uuid.ini </source>


We need to install the APCu module for PHP. There are unfortunately some issues with php5-apcu, so we need to install from PECL. <source lang='bash'> sudo pecl install apcu-4.0.11 </source> It will ask a few questions and you can just press enter to take the default answers.

If pecl install apcu-4.0.11 does not work for you
Remove any existing php5-apcu <source lang='bash'> sudo apt-get remove php5-apcu </source> Download and install appropriate php5-apcu package manually as follows <source lang='bash'> cd /tmp wget </source>

Install the package as follows <source lang='bash'> sudo dpkg -i php5-apcu_4.0.6-1_i386.deb </source>

During certain activities like installation and upgrades you may need more memory than APC uses by default. We also want to turn off the slam defense. We need to edit the configuration file file for apcu: <source lang="bash"> sudo gedit /etc/php5/mods-available/apcu.ini </source> It should look like this: <source lang="ini"> apc.enabled=1 apc.write_lock=1 apc.shm_size=100M apc.slam_defense=0 apc.enable_cli=1 </source> See slam defense and this.

We'll also need to enable this for Apache and CLI by creating 2 symlinks for the apcu file:

<source lang='bash'> sudo ln -s /etc/php5/mods-available/apcu.ini /etc/php5/apache2/conf.d/20-apcu.ini sudo ln -s /etc/php5/mods-available/apcu.ini /etc/php5/cli/conf.d/20-apcu.ini </source>

You'll need to restart Apache after making this change. <source lang="bash"> sudo /etc/init.d/apache2 restart </source>

Debian Squeeze

If you are using Debian Squeeze, then the value of apc.shm_size should be: <source lang='bash'> apc.shm_size=100 </source>

Set ZendOpcache options

Edit the opcache config file with this command: <source lang="bash"> sudo gedit /etc/php5/mods-available/opcache.ini </source> It should look like this for a production system: <source lang="ini">

configuration for php ZendOpcache module
priority=05 opcache.memory_consumption=128M opcache.interned_strings_buffer=8 opcache.max_accelerated_files=4000 opcache.revalidate_freq=60 opcache.fast_shutdown=1 opcache.enable_cli=1 </source> For a development system you should modify revalidate_freq from 60 to 2: <source lang="ini"> opcache.revalidate_freq=2 </source>

Configuring Apache Web Server

Changed Document Root

In Ubuntu 14.04, the default document root has changed from /var/www to /var/www/html so when installing any iHRIS applications you will need to use the new directory to place the symlinks. If you are upgrading you may or may not need to update these depending on if you replaced the Apache configuration files during the upgrade.

Enable Rewrite Module

You will see later we are using the apache rewrite module. To enable the module: <source lang="bash"> sudo a2enmod rewrite </source>

Enable .htaccess Configuration

Now we need to make sure we can use the .htaccess file. <source lang="bash"> sudo gedit /etc/apache2/apache2.conf </source> Change: <source lang="apache"> <Directory /var/www/>

       Options Indexes FollowSymLinks

AllowOverride None Require all granted </Directory> </source> to: <source lang="apache"> <Directory /var/www/> Options Indexes FollowSymLinks MultiViews AllowOverride All Require all granted </Directory> </source> Save and quit.

Restart Apache

Let us restart the Apache webserver using: <source lang="bash"> sudo service apache2 restart </source>

Install Memcached

With version 4.0.4 and greater of iHRIS you can use memcached to improve performance

Note: Memcached is used to cache data from the database. Thus if you are an a sitaution where you would need to restart the webserver by

sudo service apache2 restart

you should now do

sudo service apache2 restart && sudo service memcached restart

To install, simply do <source lang='bash'>

sudo apt-get install php5-memcached memcached