Installing MediaGoblin on FreeBSD
GNU MediaGoblin is a web application for hosting and sharing media. At 57North Hacklab, we currently have a Flickr group but to post to Flickr it is necessary to have a Yahoo! account and this seems like an unreasonable requirement to impose on members that want to share photos. This led to me setting up MediaGoblin. Hopefully it will also be useful for sharing other forms of media beyond photos too.
The instructions for installing MediaGoblin only cover Linux environments so here is my documentation of an installation on FreeBSD.
Start off by installing some dependencies (as root):
# pkg install git python py27-lxml py27-imaging py27-virtualenv
Then install some postgresql things (as root):
# pkg install postgresql92-server postgresql92-client py27-psycopg2
Do some setup of postgresql to initialise it and make it start on boot (as root):
# echo 'postgresql_enable="YES"' >> /etc/rc.conf # /usr/local/etc/rc.d/postgresql initdb # /usr/local/etc/rc.d/postgresql start
Create the new postgresql user and database (as root):
# su pgsql -c "createuser mediagoblin" # su pgsql -c "createdb -E UNICODE -O mediagoblin mediagoblin"
Create the system user (as root):
# adduser Username: mediagoblin Full name: MediaGoblin Unprivileged User Uid (Leave empty for default): 201 Login group [mediagoblin]: Login group is mediagoblin. Invite mediagoblin into other groups? : Login class [default]: Shell (sh csh tcsh bash rbash zsh rzsh git-shell nologin) [sh]: Home directory [/home/mediagoblin]: /usr/local/srv/mediagoblin Home directory permissions (Leave empty for default): Use password-based authentication? [yes]: no Lock out the account after creation? [no]: Username : mediagoblin Password : Full Name : MediaGoblin Unprivileged User Uid : 201 Class : Groups : mediagoblin Home : /usr/local/srv/mediagoblin Home Mode : Shell : /bin/sh Locked : no OK? (yes/no): yes pw: mkdir(/srv/mediagoblin): No such file or directory adduser: INFO: Successfully added (mediagoblin) to the user database. Add another user? (yes/no): no Goodbye!
The next step is to actually fetch the MediaGoblin sources (as root):
# su mediagoblin # cd ~ # git clone git://gitorious.org/mediagoblin/mediagoblin.git # cd mediagoblin # git submodule init && git submodule update
Then build the MediaGoblin virtualenv (as mediagoblin):
$ (virtualenv --system-site-packages . || virtualenv .) && ./bin/python setup.py develop
To deploy with FastCGI, flup is apparently useful (as mediagoblin):
$ ./bin/easy_install flup
From here, you can follow the official documentation. Just start at “Deploying MediaGoblin Services”. Do remember though that your configuration files for web servers are going to be in
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