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SourceForge is a free service to Open Source developers offering easy access to the best in CVS, mailing lists, task management, message boards/forums, site hosting, permanent file archival, bug tracking, full backups, and total web-based administration.

Installation instructions:

Creating the MySQL database (assuming MySQL version >= 3.22.25)

1) Install MySQL from

2) Choose a database name (let's say 'sourceforge' for the rest of
this document).

mysql -e "create database sourceforge"

3) Create the tables.

mysql sourceforge < db/SourceForge.sql

Configuring Apache with SSL (assuming Apache version >= 1.3.9 openssl version >= 0.9.4 mod_ssl version >= 2.4.10-1.3.9)

The best starting point is There is very
little chance that your installed Apache server contains SSL, you'll
have to recompile and reinstall. I highly recommend to install Apache
it in a non-standard place. It won't interfere with your working
Apache, if any. And, more important, the installation process will
install sample configuration files instead of keeping them in the
source directory because you already have some installed.

1) Install openssl

2) Configure mod_ssl

3) Install Apache

Configuring Apache with PHP (assuming Apache version >= 1.3.9 and php version >= 4.0)

1) Create a file in the Apache document root named phpinfo.php

echo '< ? phpinfo(); ? >' > .../phpinfo.php

Try to load it with your browser using http://localhost/phpinfo.php.

If it shows an HTML page you already have php installed.

If the page shown contains the word MySQL you have php compiled with MySQL support.

If you see the page and find MySQL in it, you're finished with this chapter. Otherwise proceed to the following steps.

2) Make sure php4 is compiled in (note - SourceForge no longer works with php3).

Try to access http://localhost/server-info and search for php. If it's found somewhere in the page, the php module is available. If http://localhost/server-info does not work add the following lines to the access.conf file:

# Allow remote server configuration reports, with the URL of
# http://servername/server-info (requires that mod_info.c be loaded).
# Change the "" to match your domain to enable.
< Location /server-info >
SetHandler server-info
Order deny,allow
Deny from all
Allow from localhost
< /Location >

If you did not find php you'll have to recompile it yourself. See and remember that you must re-compile php with
MySQL support.

3) Activate php.

In order to activate php the following lines must be found in the
httpd.conf file:

LoadModule php_module modules/
AddModule mod_php.c

4) Enable index.php as a directory index in srm.conf.

DirectoryIndex index.html index.shtml index.cgi index.php

5) Add .php extension to srm.conf.

AddType application/x-httpd-php .php
AddType application/x-httpd-php-source .phps

6) Try loading http://localhost/phpinfo.php again.

Configuring php and Apache for SourceForge

1) Change the DocumentRoot

Since some scripts assume that the document root starts at the www directory, just say that the document root is this directory.

In srm.conf

DocumentRoot /home/loic/local/ports/alexandria/www

In access.conf substitute/clone the block for the new document root.

2) Type the URL http://localhost/ in your navigator.

You should see an error message like this:

Fatal error: Failed opening required 'pre.php' in /home/httpd/html/sf/index.php on line 9 meaning that Apache is properly configured as far as php is concerned.

3) Specify the include path.

You must tell php where the include files are. Add the full path to ../alexandria/www/include to the include_path variable of the php.ini file. Something like

include_path = /home/php:/home/loic/local/ports/alexandria/www/include

Alternatively you can add the following lines in httpd.conf:

< Directory / >
php_value include_path "/usr/local/htdocs/alexandria/www/include:."
< /Directory >

4) Include magic in php.ini.

magic_quotes_gpc = On ; magic quotes for incoming GET/POST/Cookie data magic_quotes_runtime = Off ; magic quotes for runtime-generated data, e.g. data from SQL, track_vars = On ; enable $HTTP_GET_VARS[], $HTTP_POST_VARS[] and $HTTP_COOKIE_VARS[] arrays

5) Restart httpd

6) Type the URL http://localhost/ in your navigator. Two things may happen at that point:

a) You're redirected to since that's what the library does when you're not using localhost in the URL.

b) You see an error message like this:

Fatal error: Failed opening required '/etc/' in database.php on line 11

In either cases it means that the pre.php file was found and that the include path is correct.

Configuring SourceForge

1) Create the /etc/ file with the following:

< ?php

$sys_dbname = "sourceforge";

// With a trailing /
? >

2) Look at the home page http://localhost/
It should display well.

3) Create a user named admin

This user will automatically be assigned server wide administration permissions.

Last updated on February 5th, 2008

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