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Notes, mostly technical on how to configure, install, troubleshoot computer systems.

I've chosen topics mostly because I went through the process of selecting, installing and configuring something, usually a software application, tool or and utilities. They are here primarily so that I can consult them when needed and refer others to them.

Ubuntu Linux

My home server, running Win2K, failed to reboot after it's last update. The problem turned out to be a bad disk. I decided to abandon Windows and go with Linux. Most of my experience has been with Red Hat, but a friend had praised Ubuntu, so I decided to give it a try. I wanted:

  1. A file server with enough capacity to handle our household -- two people who do a medium amount of photo work, a lot of office work, no music and an occasional video.
  2. Accessibility from outside
  3. A web server running Apache, php and mySQL
  4. Immunity from power failure -- orderly shutdown and restart


Directory Structure

I'm setting up a new site to replace one that already exists. At this time, I don't have access to the dns for the current domain. I want to set up a directory structure that I can use to develop the new domain, make it visible via a url that I control when we are ready, cut over. The existing domain is I plan to use as a As a convention, I name the directory to be v<n>.domain. v1 indicates version 1, v2, will indicate version 2, etc.

Point the domain at the directory

  • Using the "Manage Domains" web control panel, edit the domain as a fully hosted domain. Set the web directory to:
  • Check "remove www".
  • Click "Fully host this domain now"
  • Login to the serer via putty and check to make sure the new directory is there.
  • Wait for the Joomla robot to finish and then check the domain with a web browser. If there's more than an empty directory, the domain is pointing at the wrong place.

Install Joomla! 1.5

Using the Dreamhost Web Panel, select

 Goodies >> One-click installs >> Install new website software - Advance mode

Select the software: Joomla! 1.5 Install it to the top-level. No subdirectory is needed since points to htdocs. If I did install to a subdirectory, e.g. joomla, I would need to get to it by using -- not what I want. Select create a new data base. using a convention of <2 initials>joomla, call the db bgjoomla. Create a user, again, by convention ...omitted... And create a password.

Joomla 1.0

I've moved on to Joomla! 1.5. Hopefully I won't need to do much wiht this section. 1.5 is clearly a big improvement -- simpler and cleaner, easier to use all around. Now if the extension writers would just bring their extenions into compliance with 1.5...

Joomla 1.5

phpBB 3.0

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