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Installation Guide for Installing Koha on Debian Lenny with MySQL 5
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This document last modified: 19 December 2009
Installation Instructions
All commands can be performed as a system user with sudo privileges,
as indicated or by running the command directly as root.
1. Prepare System and Install Dependencies
1.1 Install Debian Lenny via Businesscard CD
1.3 Set up Indexdata apt sources for Yaz and Zebra packages
Edit your /etc/apt/sources.list file and add the following:
# Index Data
deb lenny main
deb-src lenny main
The Index Data packages are signed with a key you can install as follows:
$ wget
$ sudo apt-key add indexdata.asc
1.4 Get Koha
1.4.1 Option A: Download Koha via Git (optional)
$ sudo apt-get install git-core git-email
$ git clone git:// kohaclone
$ cd kohaclone
$ git checkout -b myinstall origin
Note: for more information about Git, please see the Koha Git Usage Guide:
1.4.2 Option B: Download Koha from
Find the latest Koha stable version on
and get it:
$ wget <URL> found on
1.5 Install additional Debian dependencies
IMPORTANT: You should only use CPAN for Perl dependencies which are NOT
available from the package maintainer. You have been warned!
Run shell script installing all necessary Debian packages, MySQL Server,
Zebra and all Debian packaged Perl module required by Koha:
$ sudo install_misc/
1.6 Install Perl dependencies that aren't packaged into Debian Lenny
Run the following command:
$ sudo cpan Algorithm::CheckDigits SMS::Send HTTP::OAI IPC::Cmd \\
Memoize::Memcached PDF::API2::Simple PDF::Table Storable Test::More \\
Note: you may need to run CPAN initialization if you've not run cpan
/etc/perl/CPAN/ initialized.
CPAN is the world-wide archive of perl resources. It consists of about
100 sites that all replicate the same contents all around the globe.
Many countries have at least one CPAN site already. The resources
found on CPAN are easily accessible with the module. If you
want to use, you have to configure it properly.
If you do not want to enter a dialog now, you can answer 'no' to this
question and I'll try to autoconfigure. (Note: you can revisit this
dialog anytime later by typing 'o conf init' at the cpan prompt.)
Are you ready for manual configuration? [yes]
When the configuration is completed CPAN will install the Perl modules.
2. Configuration of dependencies
2.1 Update root MySQL password (if dselect didn't do it for you already)
$ sudo mysqladmin password <password>
2.2 Create the Koha database
Create the database and user with associated privileges:
$ mysqladmin -uroot -p<password> create <kohadatabasename>
$ mysql -uroot -p<password>
Welcome to the MySQL monitor. Commands end with ; or \g.
Your MySQL connection id is 22
Server version: 5.0.51a-24 (Debian)
Type 'help;' or '\h' for help. Type '\c' to clear the buffer.
mysql> grant all on <kohadatabasename>.* to '<kohadatabaseuser>'@'localhost' identified by '<kohadatabaseuserpassword>';
Query OK, 0 rows affected (0.00 sec)
mysql> flush privileges;
Query OK, 0 rows affected (0.00 sec)
mysql> quit
2.3 Test your SAX Parser and correct where necessary
You must be sure you're using the XML::LibXML SAX parser, not Expat or
PurePerl, both of which have outstanding bugs with pre-composed characters.
You can test your SAX parser by running:
$ cd koha
$ misc/
You should see something like::
If you're using PurePerl or Expat, you'll need to edit your
ini file, typically located at:
3. Run the Koha installer
$ perl Makefile.PL
( answer questions )
$ make
$ make test
$ sudo make install
4. Configure and start Apache
$ sudo ln -s /etc/koha/koha-httpd.conf /etc/apache2/sites-available/koha
(note that the path to koha-httpd.conf may be different depending on your
installation choices)
Add the following lines to /etc/apache2/ports.conf:
Listen 80
Listen 8080
Run the following commands:
$ sudo a2enmod rewrite
$ sudo a2ensite koha
$ sudo apache2ctl restart
Note: you may still see the usual Apache default site if your VirtualHost
configuration isn't correct. The command "sudo a2dissite default" may be a
quick fix, but may have side-effects. See the Apache HTTPD manual section on
virtual hosts for full instructions.
5. Configure and start Zebra
Note: it's recommended that you daemonize the Zebra process and add it to your
startup profile. For a non-production test/development installation, running
Zebra from the command line can be useful. Pick from the two available options
below, or roll your own :-)
Note: it's also recommended that you create a Koha system user, which you will
have specified during the install process. Alternatively, Zebra can be
configured to run as the root user.
Option 1: run the Zebra processes from the command line:
1.1 Zebra Search Server
This process send responses to search requests sent by Koha or
Z39.50/SRU/SRW clients.
$ sudo -u ${KOHA_USER} zebrasrv -f /etc/koha/koha-conf.xml
(note that the path to koha-conf.xml may be different depending on your
installation choices)
Note: the user you run Zebra as will be the only user with write permission
on the Zebra index; in development mode, you may wish to use your
system user.
1.2 Zebra Indexer
Added/updated/deleted records in Koha MySQL database must be indexed
into Zebra. A specific script must be launched each time a bibliographic
or an authority record is edited.
$ sudo -u ${KOHA_USER} misc/migration_tools/rebuild_zebra -z -b -a
Note: if you are running in this mode, you may wish to defer starting the
zebraqueue until you've run the web installer (see below).
Option 2: run automatically Zebra processes as daemons:
Note that references to $SCRIPT_DIR refer to the directory where
Koha's command-line scripts are installed, e.g., /usr/share/koha/bin.
1.1 Zebra Search Server
$ sudo ln -s ${SCRIPT_DIR}/ /etc/init.d/koha-zebra-daemon
(Note: ${SCRIPT_DIR} is /usr/share/koha/bin/ by default in a standard install)
$ sudo update-rc.d koha-zebra-daemon defaults
( Note: see man chkconfig(8) on other distros )
$ sudo ${SCRIPT_DIR}/ start
1.2 Zebra Indexer
Add an entry in Koha user crontab to scheduled added/updated/deleted records
indexing by Zebra with this command:
<path/to/koha>/misc/migration_tools/rebuild_zebra -z -b -a
See check misc/cronjobs/crontab.example for usage examples.
6. Run the Web Installer, populate the database, initial configuration of settings
Point your browser to http://<servername>:8080/
It should redirect you to the Web Installer where you can continue the setup.
You can install the sample data for libraries, patrons, etc. via the Web Installer
7. What next?
Once the installer has completed, you can import and index MARC records from the
command line thusly (Note: you can also use the 'Stage MARC records for import' from
the Tools area of Koha's Staff Client to import a batch of MARC records):
$ export KOHA_CONF=/usr/share/koha/etc/koha-conf.xml
(note: use the correct path to your koha-conf.xml)
7.1 Import:
Bibliographic data in MARC21 format
$ misc/migration-tools/ -file /path/to/marc.iso2709
Authority data in MARC21 format
$ misc/migration-tools/ -a -file /path/to/auth.iso2709
7.2 Fast Index:
$ misc/migration-tools/ -b -w
Once the indexing has completed, you will be able to search for records in your
system. NOTE: if you don't run the Fast Index utility, and you have the index
updates scheduled as per 7.3 the indexing process will happen in the background,
but it will be orders of magnitude slower.
7.3 Schedule regular index updates
run -b -a -z as a regular cron job,
check misc/cronjobs/crontab.example for usage examples
7.4 To enable public Z39.50/SRU servers, you'll need to edit your koha-conf.xml and
change the <listen> options to listen on a TCP port; then restart the zebra daemon.
If you are upgrading from a previous installation of Koha 3, you can
use the following:
perl Makefile.PL --prev-install-log /path/to/koha-install-log
make test
sudo make upgrade
Uninstall Instructions
1) Stop Services:
$ sudo a2dissite koha
$ sudo rm /etc/apache2/sites-available/koha
$ sudo apache2ctl restart
$ sudo update-rc.d koha-zebra-daemon remove
$ sudo rm /etc/init.d/koha-zebra-daemon
2) Remove Database and Indexes
$ mysql -u<kohauser> -p<kohapassword>
> drop database koha;
# Zebra Indexes
$ zebraidx -c <prefix>/etc/zebradb/zebra-biblios.cfg -g iso2709 -d biblios init
$ zebraidx -c <prefix>/etc/zebradb/zebra-authorities.cfg -g iso2709 -d authorities init
3) Remove Koha Install Directories and Configuration Files
Don't forget about any crontab entries
Tested on the following operating environments
- Debian Lenny 5.0
Other Notes
This file is part of Koha
Koha is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the
terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software
Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or (at your option) any later
Koha is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY
WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR
A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.
You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with
Koha; if not, write to the Free Software Foundation, Inc., 59 Temple Place,
Suite 330, Boston, MA 02111-1307 USA