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Tiki Installation

Before you start

Initial Steps: Download, Unpack, Create Directories

These initial steps presume you're installing on a Linux machine running the Apache Webserver. Read this once top to bottom before getting started. If you're using a Windows box you can ignore the portion about setting permissions, but you'll have to set up some of Tiki's directories manually.

For additional installation information: InstallTiki and InstallTikiHelp.
  1. Download the Tikiwiki installation file from sourceforge.net/projects/tikiwiki.
    • E.g., tikiwiki_1.7.tar.bz2
  2. Unpack all files to the document root of your Tiki.
    • unzip the zip archive or tar xvjf the bz2 file.
    • E.g., tar xvjf tikiwiki_1.7.tar.bz2
  3. Rename the unpacked Tiki package's directory to whatever you want to name your Tiki's root directory--tiki, if you wish.
    • E.g., /var/www/tiki/ or /var/www/noodle/ or whatever
    • E.g., on Linux,
      • mv lasttiki_release_eta_carinea_rc1 tiki
  4. Determine what user and group your webserver runs as--using the command 'id'.
    • E.g., nobody and nobody or "www" and "www", both common choices
    • You might try looking in /usr/local/apache/conf/ for the file httpd.conf. Under the User and Group headings, you will see the user and group Apache is configured to run under.
  5. The set-up script (setup.sh) in the root Tiki directory assigns necessary permissions for the directories that Tiki writes files to. It also creates the (initially empty) cache directories.
    1. On Linux, first set the permissions for setup.sh to make it executable.
      • chmod 755 setup.sh
    2. Execute setup.sh. Its usage is
      • ./setup.sh user [group] [rights] [list of virtual host domains]
      • E.g., if Apache is running as user nobody and group nobody, type:
        • su -c './setup.sh nobody'
      • Alternatively, you may wish to set both the user and group:
        • su -c './setup.sh nobody nobody'
      • This will allow you to delete certain files/directories without becoming root. Or, if you can't become root, but are a member of the group Apache runs under (for example, nobody), you can type:
        • ./setup.sh nobody nobody
      • If you can't become root, and are not a member of the Apache group, then type:
        • ./setup.sh $USER yourgroup 02777
        • Replace yourgroup with your default group.
        • NOTE: If you do execute this last command, you will not be able to delete certain files created by Apache. You will need to ask your system administrator to delete them for you, if needed. see Toggg's solution
        • An alternative setup procedure at InstallWithOnlyFtpAccess may be more useful if you cannot become root and are not in the Apache group, a common issue with shared hosting.
    • If you have problems accessing a directory, check the open_basedir entry in /etc/php.ini or Apache's httpd.conf.

Create a MySQL Database

  1. Connect to your MySQL database server with an application such as PhpMyAdmin or MySQLCC and create a Tiki database.
    • Although the name is arbitrary, it's best to call it tiki.
    • Of course, you may access MySQL from the command line, too:
      • mysqladmin create ''dbname''
    • For security you can create an user to Tiki access to the database. There are in the MySQL site instructions on how create users, for that case in example could be
      mysql -u root mysql grant SELECT, INSERT, UPDATE, DELETE, CREATE, DROP, INDEX, ALTER on tiki.* to tikiuser@localhost identified by 'tikipassword';
      (assuming the user will be tikiuser with tikipassword as password)

  1. You do not have to manually create any tables in the database..

Log In and Configure Your Tiki

  1. Point your browser to the Web address that corresponds to the file tiki-install.php in the Tiki document root you created above.
  2. Log in as admin with the password, admin and follow the instructions there.
    • Further guidance is available here: InstallGettingStarted
    • Choose which features you want switched on. Initially, your Tiki will look very bare as hardly any features and no permissions are enabled by default!
    • Create groups of users that share permissions, such as allowing anonymous users to view pages.
      • Permissions are assigned in the 'Groups' option under the 'Admin (click!)' menu

Multiple Hosts

To use Tiki's multi-site capability (virtual hosts from a single DocumentRoot) add a list of domains to the command to create all the needed directories. For example

If root

[root@localhost tiki]# sh ./setup.sh youruser nobody 02775 test1 test2 test3

If not root:

./setup.sh $USER $AGROUP 02777 domain1 domain2 domain3

A bit more info can be found here

RecipeMultiTiki shows the exact steps for installing multiple tikis on a ))RedHat(( system when you have root access.