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Friendika Installation
We've tried very hard to ensure that Friendika will run on commodity hosting
platforms - such as those used to host Wordpress blogs and Drupal websites.
But be aware that Friendika is more than a simple web application. It is a
complex communications system which more closely resembles an email server
than a web server. For reliability and performance, messages are delivered in
the background and are queued for later delivery when sites are down. This
kind of functionality requires a bit more of the host system than the typical
blog. Not every PHP/MySQL hosting provider will be able to support Friendika.
Many will. But please review the requirements and confirm these with your
hosting provider prior to installation.
1. Requirements
- Apache with mod-rewrite enabled and "Options All" so you can use a
local .htaccess file
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encryption support
- PHP *command line* access with register_argc_argv set to true in the
php.ini file
- curl, gd, and openssl extensions
- curl, gd, mysql, and openssl extensions
- Mysql 5.x
- ability to schedule jobs with cron (Linux/Mac) or Scheduled Tasks
(Windows)
- At this time we require the installation to be at the top level of a
domain or sub-domain (without an extra path). This requirement may change in
the future.
[Dreamhost.com offers all of the necessary hosting features at a
reasonable price. If your hosting provider doesn't allow Unix shell access,
you might have trouble getting everything to work.]
2. Put this directory into the root of your web server document area.
2. Unpack the Friendika files into the root of your web server document area.
- If you copy the directory tree to your webserver, make sure
that you also copy .htaccess - as "dot" files are often hidden
and aren't normally copied.
- To use a subdirectory of your main domain, set the
config variable $a->path to the relative subdir
in .htconfig.php - for example to use http://example.com/test -
use
$a->path = 'test';
NOTE: This has NOT been fully tested!
In this case, you cannot use the web installer.
Skip step 4 and proceed to step 5 - especially steps 5a and 5b.
- Everything will work much better if you can dedicate a domain
or subdomain so that you don't require an extra server path.
3. Create an empty database and note the access details (hostname, username, password, database name).
3. Create an empty database and note the access details (hostname, username,
password, database name).
4. Visit your website with a web browser and follow the instructions.
4. Visit your website with a web browser and follow the instructions. Please
note any error messages and correct these before continuing.
5. *If* the automated installation fails for any reason, check the following:
5a. ".htconfig.php" exists
- ".htconfig.php" exists
If not, edit htconfig.php and change system settings. Rename
to .htconfig.php
5b. Database is populated.
- Database is populated.
If not, import the contents of "database.sql" with phpmyadmin
or mysql command line
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If you are using a Linux server, run "crontab -e" and add a line like the
one shown, substituting for your unique paths and settings:
*/5 * * * * cd /home/myname/mywebsite; /usr/bin/php include/poller.php
*/10 * * * * cd /home/myname/mywebsite; /usr/bin/php include/poller.php
You can generally find the location of PHP by executing "which php". If you
have troubles with this section please contact your hosting provider for

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