Friendica Communications Platform (please note that this is a clone of the repository at github, issues are handled there)
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Mistpark Installation
This is an early release. Some manual installation is required at this time.
1. Requirements
- Apache with mod-rewrite enabled and "Options All" so you can use a
local .htaccess file
- PHP > 5.1. The later the better. You'll need 5.3 for full openssl
encryption support
- PHP *command line* access with register_argc_argv set to true in the
php.ini file
- Mysql 5.x
- ability to schedule jobs with cron (Linux/Mac) or Scheduled Tasks
[ 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.
- 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 -
$a->path = 'test';
In this case, you cannot use the web installer.
Skip step 3 and proceed to step 4 - especially steps 4a and 4b.
- Everything will work much better if you can dedicate a domain
or subdomain so that you don't require an extra server path.
3. Visit your website with a web browser and follow the instructions.
4. *If* the automated installation fails for any reason, check the following:
4a. ".htconfig.php" exists
If not, edit htconfig.php and change system settings. Rename
to .htconfig.php
4b. Database is populated.
If not, import the contents of "database.sql" with phpmyadmin
or mysql command line
5. At this point visit your website again, and register your personal account.
Registration errors should all be recoverable automatically.
If you get any *critical* failure at this point, it generally indicates the
database was not installed correctly. You might wish to move/rename
.htconfig.php to another name and empty (called 'dropping') the database
tables, so that you can start fresh.
6. Set up a cron job or scheduled task to run the poller once every 5-10
minutes to pick up the recent "public" postings of your friends. Example:
cd /base/directory; /path/to/php include/poller.php
Change "/base/directory", and "/path/to/php" as appropriate for your situation.
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
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
assistance. Mistpark will not work correctly if you cannot perform this step.