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This guide shows you how to correctly install Drupal ( http://www.drupal.org ) into your Primary ibay on SME Server 8.

Setting up PHP to work correctly for Drupal

db accounts setprop Primary PHPBaseDir /home/e-smith/files/ibays/Primary:/tmp
signal-event ibay-modify Primary
db configuration setprop php MemoryLimit 128M
db configuration setprop php PostMaxSize 112M
db configuration setprop php UploadMaxFilesize 96M
expand-template /etc/php.ini 
sv t httpd-e-smith

Setting up the overrides for Apache

db accounts setprop Primary AllowOverride all
db accounts setprop Primary FollowSymLinks enabled
db accounts setprop Primary Indexes disabled
signal-event ibay-modify Primary

Setting up ftp

In order to be able to ftp new themes and modules to your Drupal installation, you need to go to the server-manager panel in smeserver and:

  • Create a user from the user panel and reset their password
  • Enable ftp from local networks (I only allow administration of websites from the local network as a matter of security principle!)
  • Give the user you just created the correct access permissions using the fix_permissions.sh script from http://drupal.org/node/244924 (Note: the contents of this file is at the bottom of this page)

For example, say you created a user called fred, then in order for fred to be able to ftp the required files via the Drupal interface, then you give them permission to do so like this:

bash fix-permissions.sh /home/e-smith/files/ibays/Primary/html fred

Where fred is the user account you will use in Drupal to ftp the files (for example installing a new theme) and www is the account that smesever runs the web server under.

Lastly you have to modify the /etc/proftpd.conf file and comment out the "DefaultRoot" line ( I used the nano editor for this ):

cp /etc/e-smith/templates/etc/proftpd.conf/05DefaultRoot /etc/e-smith/templates-custom/etc/proftpd.conf/
nano /etc/e-smith/templates-custom/etc/proftpd.conf/05DefaultRoot

Comment out the DefaultRoot like:

#DefaultRoot            /home/e-smith/files

Now save the file by pressing the control and o keys together, then exit nano by pressing the control and the x keys together.

Then you need to expand the template:

expand-template /etc/proftpd.conf

To confim this:

config show ftp

Should return:


Finally, you are ready to follow the install instructions for Drupal

Now SME Server is all set up ready for you to follow the Drupal installation guide at: http://drupal.org/documentation/install

This has been tested on 8Beta6 and the 8Beta7 release.

Note: You may need to delete the index.htm file in your Primary ibay so that Drupal's index.php file is picked up.

As a footnote, I would recommend only enabling ftp via the server-manager panel just when you need it so that it is not turned on all the time!

For your convenience, I have reproduced the contents of fix_permissions.sh:


help="\nHelp: This script is used to fix permissions of a drupal installation\nyou need to provide the following arguments:\n\t 1) Path to your drupal installation\n\t 2)
Username o$
want to give files/directories ownership\nNote: \"www-data\" (apache default) is assumed as the group the server is belonging to, if this is different you need to modify it
script\n\nUsage: (sudo) bash ${0##*/} drupal_path user_name\n"

if [ -z "${path}" ] || [ ! -d "${path}/sites" ] || [ ! -f "${path}/modules/system/system.module" ]; then
        echo "Please provide a valid drupal path"
        echo -e $help

if [ -z "${user}" ] || [ "`id -un ${user} 2> /dev/null`" != "${user}" ]; then
        echo "Please provide a valid user"
        echo -e $help

cd $path;

echo -e "Changing ownership of all contents of \"${path}\" :\n user => \"${user}\" \t group => \"${group}\"\n"
chown -R ${user}:${group} .
echo "Changing permissions of all directories inside \"${path}\" to \"750\"..."
find . -type d -exec chmod u=rwx,g=rx,o= {} \;
echo -e "Changing permissions of all files inside \"${path}\" to \"640\"...\n"
find . -type f -exec chmod u=rw,g=r,o= {} \;

cd $path/sites;

echo "Changing permissions of \"files\" directories in \"${path}/sites\" to \"770\"..."
find . -type d -name files -exec chmod ug=rwx,o= '{}' \;
echo "Changing permissions of all files inside all \"files\" directories in \"${path}/sites\" to \"660\"..."
find . -name files -type d -exec find '{}' -type f \; | while read FILE; do chmod ug=rw,o= "$FILE"; done
echo "Changing permissions of all directories inside all \"files\" directories in \"${path}/sites\" to \"770\"..."
find . -name files -type d -exec find '{}' -type d \; | while read DIR; do chmod ug=rwx,o= "$DIR"; done