This document guides you through the process of setting up a new LON-CAPA server running Fedora 17 with a minimum of packages installed. The computer will be configured solely as a LON-CAPA server and will be expected to have no other services running. Your server is expected to have a reasonably fast connection to the internet.
More information is available at http://install.lon-capa.org/.
Installing Linux is getting easier and easier. You will be required to log in to the machine and execute some routine Unix commands. Familiarity with the Apache web server, mod_perl, perl, and MySQL are not required to install and run LON-CAPA.
The installation process takes the following steps:
Fedora 17 ISO files can be obtained from the project's main site,
You can either download an iso image(s) of the full distribution for burning to DVD,
or to CDs, or you can download a single net install for burning to CD. If you use the
net install CD, after booting from the CD, and selecting "Installation,"
you will need to select HTTP as the installation source, and specify the
host and path to Fedora 17 files for your particular architecture, e.g.,
You will need to know the following network settings for your installation. Note:You must have a static IP address to use LON-CAPA. DHCP is not supported.
Installing Fedora is quite easy if you've installed any of the Red Hat products before. Some documentation is available from the Fedora Installation guide. Most of the installation screens are self explanatory. There are a few steps that require comment and are dealt with below.
Finish installing your server, reboot it, and log in as root. The first time you log-in, the Setup Agent will be displayed. If you have not already done so you can use this to configure your network interface.
Exit the Setup Agent
The default Fedora 17 installation includes SELinux enabled. Until such time as an SELinux security policy has been created for LON-CAPA, SELinux should be disabled. Retrieve the loncapa_selinux_config file from the LON-CAPA install site:
Install the selinux config file
mv /etc/selinux/config /etc/selinux/config.backup mv loncapa_selinux_config /etc/selinux/config
Update your system to the latest versions of the system software using yum. Yum is configured to check encyption keys for the packages it installs, so you need to import the keys before invoking yum.
rpm --import /etc/pki/rpm-gpg/RPM-GPG-KEY-fedora-17-primary yum update
Reboot your system before continuing with the installation.
Retrieve the F17_loncapa_yum file from the LON-CAPA install site:
Install the F17_loncapa_yum.conf
mv /etc/yum.conf /etc/yum.conf.backup cp F17_loncapa_yum.conf /etc/yum.conf
Import the LON-CAPA encryption key
rpm --import http://install.loncapa.org/versions/fedora/RPM-GPG-KEY-loncapa
yum install LONCAPA-prerequisites
This may take some minutes due to LON-CAPA's large number of dependencies.
yum update reboot
Retrieve the LON-CAPA setup with the following command:
Extract the archive with the following command:
tar xf install.tar
This creates a directory named installation. Change to it and execute the setup script with the following commands:
cd installation ./install.pl
The script is used to prepare a Linux system to run LON-CAPA, and can also be used to check the configuration of a system on which LON-CAPA has already been installed. Typically, though, you will run this script only once, when you first install LON-CAPA.
The script will analyze your system to determine which actions are recommended. The script will then prompt you to choose the actions you would like taken. Once a choice has been entered for all nine possible actions, required changes will be made.
The possible actions are:
LON-CAPA requires a number of identifying parameters to be set in order for it to function at all. Below is a list with descriptions.
To configure and install LON-CAPA, execute the following commands:
cd /root/loncapa-X.Y.Z (X.Y.Z should correspond to a version number like '2.10.1') ./UPDATE
You will need to enter the LON-CAPA configuration information you determined in the previous section.
You will need at least one user at your site who has the role of 'domain coordinator'. This user creates accounts for other users and grants them additional privileges. The make_domain_coordinator.pl script invoked below requires that you enter the user's password. The "passwd username" command can be used to change the password later. Replace USERNAME and DOMAIN with an appropriate user name and your domain.
cd /root/loncapa-X.Y.Z/loncom/build perl make_domain_coordinator.pl USERNAME DOMAIN
The LON-CAPA network services take a moment to start. Most misconfigurations will be apparent at this step.
/etc/init.d/loncontrol start /bin/systemctl start httpd.service
If you receive warnings when starting the httpd about missing perl modules, please make sure you followed the instructions in Installing LON-CAPA Dependencies. If you still have errors, please contact the MSU LON-CAPA group.
Point a web browser at your new machine and log in as the domain coordinator. Congratulations!
If you've followed the steps above and the server doesn't start or you think there's something wrong, please send a help request to the MSU LON-CAPA group. If there were errors in installation of the dependency RPMs or errors during the automatic setup, please send us as much information as possible. If some part of this document is unclear please let us know.