When you are root or the webmaster on the host you want to install MoinMoin on, you can place the software in a "standard" location, and also better integrate MoinMoin into your webserver. Especially, you can use a "nice" base URL that does not include "cgi-bin" or "moin.cgi" at all.
Most GNU/Linux distributions come with Apache pre-installed. In the following description, we assume the file system layout of a SuSE 7.0 system, that is:
/etc/httpd/httpd.conf - the main httpd configuration file
/var/log/httpd/error_log - log containing error messages
Before creating a wiki instance, you have to download and install the basic MoinMoin software. We assume you already have downloaded the distribution archive to "/tmp" 1.
Open a shell and enter the following commands:
cd /tmp tar xfz moin-0.11.tgz cd moin-0.11 python setup.py install --record=install.log
This will install all necessary files into the sys.prefix directory of your Python interpreter (usually either "/usr" or "/usr/local"), and create a "install.log" file listing all the files that are created there. The command "python -c 'import sys; print sys.prefix'" will tell you where your Python interpreter is installed, we assume "/usr/local" here.
1 If you want to install the current development version from CVS, replace "/tmp" with your "moin" working directory.
You could run your wiki directly using the sample wiki created in "/usr/local/share/moin", but this is not recommended for two reasons:
We need to know what user and group your Apache server runs on, so issue this command:
jh@localhost:~ > egrep "^User|^Group" /etc/httpd/httpd.conf
This shows a typical result "wwwrun.nogroup", which we will use later on.
To create an instance named "mywiki", enter these commands on a root shell prompt:
cd /usr/local/share/moin mkdir mywiki cp -r data mywiki cp cgi-bin/* mywiki chown -R wwwrun.nogroup mywiki chmod a+rx mywiki/*.cgi
"mywiki" is the name of your wiki instance, you might want to chose a different name best fitting the intended use of this instance; just don't name it simply "wiki", because that would result in problems later on.
Then, append these lines to "/etc/httpd/httpd.conf":
Alias /wiki/ "/usr/local/share/moin/htdocs/" ScriptAlias /mywiki "/usr/local/share/moin/mywiki/moin.cgi"
The first line you only need once; the second line is needed once for each wiki instance (of course, each one with another wiki name and path).
That is all, restart your Apache server ("/etc/rc.d/apache restart" on SuSE) and try to access your new-born wiki with the URL "http://127.0.0.1/mywiki/". You should see the FrontPage, try to edit and save it, and if that works, see if your edit is reflected on the RecentChanges page.
Finally, edit "moin_config.py" and at least change "sitename" and "logo_url" to some personal values:
sitename = 'My Wiki' logo_url = '/images/mywiki-logo.gif'
For a personal or intranet installation, you'll normally also add the line
allowed_actions = ['DeletePage', 'AttachFile']
The first thing to do when your wiki does not work as expected is to issue the command "tail /var/log/httpd/error_log" to display the most recent errors. Usually, you will get a hint on what went wrong, like missing file system permissions.
The most common problem you might encounter is when you have Python 1.5.2 installed into "/usr", and a newer Python distribution into "/usr/local"; this is typical for GNU/Linux distributions that still come bundled with version 1.5.2 of Python.
In that case, if you enter "python" on you prompt, you will usually get the more recent Python interpreter, because "/usr/local/bin" is in your PATH. The situation is different in your webserver environment, and thus you might have to change the bang path of "moin.cgi", like this:
#! /usr/local/bin/python """ MoinMoin - CGI Driver Script ... """
If you have problems with the distutils install step, note that you need to have the Python development package installed on some Unix distributions. On Mandrake, you need to "rpm -i python-devel-2.1.1-3mdk.i586.rpm".
Installation into your shell account's home directory is typically used on a host shared by many users and where you are not the root user. This usually implies that you cannot change the httpd.conf file, and also you cannot copy files into the machine's cgi-bin and htdocs directories. For this situation, Apache includes the UserDir directive, which maps all URLs that start with "/~username" to a directory in your home directory, where you have write permissions and thus can install MoinMoin.
This kind of setup can only work if your webmaster has configured the host's Apache server so that the UserDir mechanism works. Here's how to check for this:
jh@localhost:~ > ls -ld public_html
drwxr-xr-x 2 jh users 35 Jan 31 00:29 public_html
If this does not show a listing like above, then you might need to create the public_htmldirectory. Note that this directory must be readable (r-x) by the web server.
jh@localhost:~ > lynx -error_file=/dev/stderr -dump http://localhost/~jh/ >/dev/null
STATUS=HTTP/1.1 200 OK
You see here that we get a "200 OK" status response, which means that you can access your public_html area. If it does not work, you will probably get a "403 Forbidden" or a "404 Not Found" response. The first one normally indicates that you need to fix the permissions of your home directory (~) or your ~/public_html. But we also need to be able to execute CGI scripts, so we test that, too.
jh@localhost:~ > cat >~/public_html/test.cgi
echo Content-Type: text/plain
echo IT WORKS
jh@localhost:~ > chmod a+rx ~/public_html/test.cgi
jh@localhost:~ > lynx -dump http://localhost/~jh/test.cgi
If you see anything else than "IT WORKS", then you are not allowed to execute CGI scripts. How you get that to work is not in the scope of this description, ask your webmaster!
A working Python installation, and a working diff command is also assumed.
jh@localhost:~ > python -V
jh@localhost:~ > diff --version
diff - GNU diffutils version 2.7
The command line examples show your input in bold typewriter, and the sample output in plain typewriter. The examples use "jh" as the user's name, which means you have to replace your own one whereever "jh" appears. The same is true for version numbers (0.11) and download URLs.
The following commands will fetch and install the nightly CVS tarball, i.e. the current development version. To get the official distribution version, use an appropriate URL.
mkdir ~/tmp cd ~/tmp wget http://moin.sf.net/files/moin-0.11.tar.gz tar xfz moin-0.11.tar.gz cd moin-0.11 python setup.py --quiet install --home=$HOME --record=install.log
This will install the MoinMoin software into the directories "~/lib/python/MoinMoin", "~/bin", and "~/share/moin". You'll find a detailed file list in "install.log".
The next step is to create a copy of the wiki data and the config file.
mkdir ~/wiki cd ~/wiki cp ~/share/moin/cgi-bin/moin_config.py . cp -r ~/share/moin/data . chmod -R o+rwX data vi moin_config.py
The last command starts the editor, you need to at least change the "data_dir" and "url_prefix" config values, as you can see in the following diff:
@@ -28,4 +28,4 @@ interwikiname = None -data_dir = './data/' -url_prefix = '/wiki' +data_dir = '/home/jh/wiki/data/' +url_prefix = '/~jh/wiki' logo_url = url_prefix + '/img/moinmoin.gif'
Now we create the public part of the wiki, which is directly accessible by the web browser.
cd ~/public_html cp -r ~/share/moin/htdocs wiki cp ~/share/moin/cgi-bin/*.cgi . chmod a+rx *.cgi
To be able to execute the CGI script in your home directory, you need to extend Python's path within that script, and possibly adapt the bang path (that is the first line of the script). So, change "moin.cgi" similarly to this diff:
@@ -1,2 +1,2 @@ -#! /usr/bin/env python +#! /usr/local/bin/python2.1 @@ -11,4 +11,4 @@ -#import sys -#sys.path.append('/usr/local/home/USERNAME/lib/python') +import sys +sys.path.extend(['/home/jh/wiki', '/home/jh/lib/python'])
Finally, you can test your wiki installation by running the MoinMoin CGI Diagnosis:
lynx -dump http://localhost/~jh/moin.cgi?test
And now, your wiki should work and is available at the URL "http://localhost/~jh/moin.cgi". Conclude your tests by editing and saving the FrontPage and checking out RecentChanges, which should reflect that edit.