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Installing and Running Trac on Debian

Notes from a debian sarge install

As has been previously pointed out, a Debian package does not exist, hence you need to build it yourself. This isn't too onerous if you know where you might get bitten. Hopefully the following should be of some use.

Warning: The instructions within will modify your system from the standard Debian install. Some packages will be pulled from the unstable distribution, and some packages are installed manually on your system. This may make it difficult to uninstall the software, or upgrade it in the future as Debian packages arrive. But for what it's worth, this setup seems to work fine.

First you need the SQLite, Subversion and the related python modules. Note that you need to use the version of subversion from unstable. Don't worry as Debians unstable is not really unstable, it's about as stable as typical redhat packages.


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Package: *
Pin: release a=testing
Pin-Priority: 650

Package: *
Pin: release a=unstable
Pin-Priority: 600
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deb http://security.debian.org/ stable/updates main
deb http://ftp.uk.debian.org/debian/ testing non-free
deb http://ftp.uk.debian.org/debian/ testing contrib
deb http://ftp.uk.debian.org/debian/ testing main
deb http://ftp.uk.debian.org/debian/ unstable main
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Thats what mine looks like

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apt-get install sqlite python2.3-subversion python2.3-sqlite 
apt-get -t unstable install subversion
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Clearsilver isn't available as a package so get clearsilver from http://www.clearsilver.net/ (tested "0.9.8":http://www.clearsilver.net/downloads/clearsilver-0.9.8.tar.gz)

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tar xvfz clearsilver-0.9.8.tar.gz
cd clearsilver-0.9.8
./configure
make
make install
cd python/
ln -s /usr/bin/python2.3 /usr/bin/python
make
make install
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This should then allow you to build and initialise trac.

Note:  I found I needed to change the first line in scripts/document.py from '#!/usr/local/bin/python' to '#!/usr/bin/python' --Tom Hoffman

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[[LoadModule]] env_module /usr/lib/apache/1.3/mod_env.so
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<VirtualHost local.trac>
    alias /trac/ "/usr/share/trac/htdocs/" 
    [[ServerAdmin]] youremail@yourdomain.tld
    [[DocumentRoot]] /home/tim/myTrac
    [[ServerName]] local.trac
    [[ErrorLog]] /home/tim/myTrac/logs/error.log
    [[CustomLog]] /home/tim/myTrac/logs/access_log common
    [[AddHandler]] cgi-script cgi
    <Location "/cgi-bin/trac.cgi">
      [[SetEnv]] TRAC_DB "/home/tim/myTrac/tracdb/mydb" 
      Options [[FollowSymLinks]] +ExecCGI
      [[AllowOverride]] None
    </Location>
</VirtualHost>
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Don't forget to create those log folders though (apachectl configtest doesn't warn you about that one)

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