WikiMedia, PHP, MySQL, and Apache in Solaris 10
By danx on Nov 04, 2005
MediaWiki requires a PHP-enabled webserver and MySQL. Stock Solaris 10 comes with Apache and MySQL. PHP is installed from the Solaris Software Companion CD. MediaWiki consists of downloaded PHP scripts that use MySQL. The following details each step.
MySQLMySQL is part of Stock Solaris 10. If not installed, install packages SUNWmysqlr, SUNWmysqlt, and SUNWmysqlu. To enable, see file /etc/sfw/mysql/README.solaris.mysql. Here's what I did:
# /usr/sfw/bin/mysql_install_db # groupadd mysql # useradd -g mysql -d /var/mysql mysql # chgrp -R mysql /var/mysql # chmod -R 770 /var/mysql # /usr/sfw/bin/mysqladmin -u root password pw # <--SET password (don't use root's) # Highly-recommended for security for local access (no DB or code changes required): # echo skip_networking >>/etc/mysql/my.cnf Start and test: # /usr/sfw/sbin/mysqld_safe --user=mysql & # cd /usr/sfw/mysql/mysql-test; ./mysql-test-run OpenSolaris or Solaris 10 Update automatic start: svcadm enable mysql Older Solaris 10 FCS automatic start and stop of mysql daemon at boot and shutdown: # ln /etc/sfw/mysql/mysql.server /etc/rc3.d/S99mysql # ln /etc/sfw/mysql/mysql.server /etc/rc1.d/K00mysql # ln /etc/sfw/mysql/mysql.server /etc/rc3.d/S99mysql # ln /etc/sfw/mysql/mysql.server /etc/rc0.d/K00mysql # ln /etc/sfw/mysql/mysql.server /etc/rc1.d/K00mysql # ln /etc/sfw/mysql/mysql.server /etc/rc2.d/K00mysql # ln /etc/sfw/mysql/mysql.server /etc/rcS.d/K00mysql
PHPPHP is available on the "Solaris Software Companion" CD under category Development/Languages as package SFWmphp. Install and enable following instructions at /etc/apache/httpd.conf-php-example. Basicaly, run post-install script /opt/sfw/apache/x_postinstall
ApacheSolaris comes with both Apache. If you don't have Apache installed, install packages SUNWapachd, SUNWapchr, and SUNWapchu.
To enable Apache, copy /etc/apache/httpd.conf-php-example to /etc/apache/httpd.conf. Edit httpd.conf. At minimum you need to change the "ServerName" line. I also change the "User" and "Group" lines to "User apache" and "Group apache" after adding an apache group and apache user:
# groupadd apache # useradd -g apache -d /var/apacheThe web documents live in /var/apache/htdocs.
Start Apache the first time with "/etc/init.d/apache". See if the httpd process is running, check the error log at /etc/apache/logs/error_log, and access with your web browser. On subsequent reboots, Apache will restart automatically if httpd.conf is present.
Verify PHP is enabled by going to http://localhost/phpinfo.php where localhost is the hostname of your system.
MediaWikiThere is no Solaris package for MediaWiki. Just download the PHP scripts from http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Download and follow the installation instructions at http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Help:Installation Untar the files to /var/apache/htdocs/wiki such that you have file /var/apache/htdocs/wiki/index.php (you will need to move the files up a directory level). Then fix permissions as follows:
# cd /var/apache/htdocs/wiki # chown -R apache:apache \* # chmod -R o-rwx \* # chmod -R g+rw configStart the web browser and install and configure from there: http://localhost/wiki/config/ I kept the defaults for the database and sysop and set the password. The sysop and database password may be the same, but don't use root's password (as it's saved in cleartext in LocalSettings.php). After filling out the form click INSTALL. If you are successfully connected to the database, then copy and save the local settings:
cd /var/apache/htdocs/wiki mv config/LocalSettings.php . cp LocalSettings.php LocalSettings.php.originalI made these customizations to LocalSettings.php after creating a logo:
$wgLogo = "$wgScriptPath/images/logo.jpg"; $wgEnableUploads = true; $wgUseImageResize = true; $wgUseImageMagick = true; $wgImageMagickConvertCommand = "/usr/sfw/bin/convert";Now test by going to the main wiki page: http://localhost/wiki/ (where localhost is your system's hostname)
After customizing, it's a good idea to backup your LocalSettings.php file and dump the database to a safe location:
cp /var/apache/htdocs/wiki/LocalSettings.php LocalSettings.php.backup /usr/sfw/bin/mysqldump --user=wikiuser --password=YOURPWHERE wikidb |gzip -9 >wiki-mysql-dump.txt.gz
As Apache and MediWiki is web-facing software, you should consider security, especially if it's on the public Internet. Keeping the software up-to-date is an important part of security. The following tips should help secure your site:
- Edit /etc/mysql/my.cnf and add this line: "skip_networking" (without the quotes) and restart MySQL. This restricts database access to the localhost only (this is the usual case 99% of the time, even with web-hosted apps). No database or code changes are required to do this.
- Remove or rename phpinfo.php, as it leaks valuable information about your web server.
- Update your Apache and MySQL software with security patches, if any, from SunSolve. Solaris 10 uses Apache 1.3.3, MySQL 4.0.15, and PHP 4.3.2. For example, MySQL for Solaris 10 has a patch with several security fixes (patch 120292 SPARC or 120293 x86).
- You may want to download and compile the latest PHP software from www.php.net. The command line used to configure PHP is given by the phpinfo.php script. For Solaris 10 it is:
./configure --disable-cli --with-apxs=/usr/apache/bin/apxs --with-config-file-path=/etc/apache --with-mysql --enable-track-vars --prefix=/opt/sfw
- Monitor MediaWiki for security updates.
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