Installation and Configuration


Preparing for Installation

This documentation is written with the assumption that you are familiar with the unix/linux environment at the beginner level or better. Some familiarity with web administration would be beneficial, although not necessary. If you are new to the UNIX-style operating systems (such as Linux), it would be beneficial to have some type of reference material available. You will need to know enough about UNIX to understand how to compile and install software and/or troubleshoot any problems that may occur, if you are installing via a unix/linux shell. (This will be discussed more later in the section)

Now is a good time to collect the information that you will need to install Webglimpse, so lets talk about the requirements:

  • ssh access to your web server

You will need to run the install script in a Unix shell. This generally means having ssh access to your web server. This is a one-time task and can be done by your system administrator if you are not an experienced Unix user.

  • Writable directory and writable cgi area

The installation process attempts to automatically download the software application to your web server and install it, so it will need temporary writable access to these areas.

  • Web user

The installation process sets the files to be owned by the user ID that the web server is running as. Examples of this user are "apache" or "nobody". You can change the username or group the server runs as by modifying the httpd.conf file.

  • permissions

Be sure to take note of the permissions currently set on your web servers document root directory and cgi-bin directory before you change the permissions! For security purposes, you will want to restore the appropriate permissions once the installation has completed. *This is geared toward the web install

  • directory

The Webglimpse software installation will create a directory under your web server's root directory and under the cgi-bin directory. You need to know the path to your web servers root directory. Examples: "/var/www/html" or "/user/server/apache". Optionally, you should determine what your naming schema will be or you can accept the default directory name, "wg2".


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