Installing and Running Trac on Debian

Notes from a debian sarge install

As has been previously pointed out, a Debian package does not exist, hence you need to build it yourself. This isn't too onerous if you know where you might get bitten. Hopefully the following should be of some use.

Warning: The instructions within will modify your system from the standard Debian install. Some packages will be pulled from the unstable distribution, and some packages are installed manually on your system. This may make it difficult to uninstall the software, or upgrade it in the future as Debian packages arrive. But for what it's worth, this setup seems to work fine.

First you need the SQLite, Subversion and the related python modules. Note that you need to use the version of subversion from unstable. Don't worry as Debians unstable is not really unstable, it's about as stable as typical redhat packages.

You might want to use apt-pinning, which is basically a way of stopping unstable dependancies from getting installed all over the place (try this guide for beginners). Create or edit /etc/apt/preferences and insert

Package: *
Pin: release a=testing
Pin-Priority: 650
Package: *
Pin: release a=unstable
Pin-Priority: 600

You'll also need to add unstable to the /etc/apt/sources.list

deb stable/updates main
deb testing non-free
deb testing contrib
deb testing main
deb unstable main

Thats what mine looks like

apt-get install sqlite python2.3-subversion python2.3-sqlite 
apt-get -t unstable install subversion

Clearsilver isn't available as a package so get clearsilver from (tested 0.9.8)

tar xvfz clearsilver-0.9.8.tar.gz
cd clearsilver-0.9.8
make install
cd python/
ln -s /usr/bin/python2.3 /usr/bin/python
make install

This should then allow you to build and initialise trac.

Note: I found I needed to change the first line in scripts/ from '#!/usr/local/bin/python' to '#!/usr/bin/python' --Tom Hoffman

When you come to running it though you'll also have to add the env_module using the following line in your /etc/apache/modules.conf

LoadModule env_module /usr/lib/apache/1.3/

I then set up a trac.conf in my /etc/apache/conf.d folder like so

<VirtualHost local.trac>
    alias /trac/ "/usr/share/trac/htdocs/"
    ServerAdmin [email protected]
    DocumentRoot /home/tim/myTrac
    ServerName local.trac
    ErrorLog /home/tim/myTrac/logs/error.log
    CustomLog /home/tim/myTrac/logs/access_log common
    AddHandler cgi-script cgi
    <Location "/cgi-bin/trac.cgi">
      SetEnv TRAC_DB "/home/tim/myTrac/tracdb/mydb"
      Options FollowSymLinks +ExecCGI
      AllowOverride None

Don't forget to create those log folders though (apachectl configtest doesn't warn you about that one)

Last modified 17 years ago Last modified on Sep 20, 2004, 6:01:32 PM