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Russell Taihn


Metadot Portal Server

Metadot is a leading open source portal software (GPL) used to create websites, intranets, extranets, project and team spaces

Metadot Portal Server is a leading open source portal system. Its ease of use allows non technical people to create very powerful websites and portals just with the clicks of a mouse. Its architecture makes it extremely easy to customize and deploy. It is available for free under the GNU General Public License (GPL). It provides collaboration, content management, as well as My News Page (like My Yahoo) and online database applications. Typically it is used to create web portals, intranets, extranets, organization and project websites.

When it was first released in April 2000, it revolutionized the way complex websites are built by giving easy-to-use tools to non-technical users allowing them to create powerful database-backed websites without having to involve a webmaster or the IT department!

It runs primarily on Linux, Apache, MySQL and Perl and supports Sun Solaris, Windows OSes and Oracle database.

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mkdir -p /tmp/metadot
cd /tmp/metadot
tar xvzf Metadot6.4.5.4.tar.gz
mv /tmp/metadot/metadot /opt

chown -R www.www /opt/metadot
chmod 750 /opt/metadot
chmod 640 /opt/metadot/etc/metadot.conf
mv /opt/metadot/html/* /opt/metadot/
cd /opt/metadot/metadot
chmod 755 *.pl

Setup Dag Repositories

You need to activate the Dag reposity before installing this contrib.

see dag repository

Installing Required Modules

yum --enablerepo=updates --enablerepo=addons install mod_perl gd ImageMagick ImageMagick-perl netpbm
config setprop modPerl status enabled
signal-event post-upgrade

Installing Required Perl Modules

yum install\
--enablerepo=base \
--enablerepo=updates \
--enablerepo=addons \
--enablerepo=dag install \
perl-GD perl-GD-Graph perl-GD-Graph3d perl-GD-Text-Util \
perl-Date-Pcalc perl-Email-Valid perl-Apache-DBI \
perl-AppConfig perl-Archive-Tar perl-Archive-Zip \
perl-Bit-Vector perl-CGI-SpeedyCGI perl-Compress-Zlib \
perl-Data-Compare perl-Date-Calc perl-ExtUtils-PkgConfig \
perl-File-Find-Rule perl-File-HomeDir perl-HTML-Format \
perl-HTML-Template perl-HTML-Tree perl-Image-Base \
perl-Image-Size perl-Lingua-EN-NameParse \
perl-LWP-UserAgent-Determined perl-Mail-POP3Client \
perl-MailTools perl-HTTP-BrowserDetect perl-HTTP-Server-Simple \
perl-HTTP-Request-Form perl-HTTP-DAV \
perl-MIME-tools perl-Number-Compare perl-Number-Format \
perl-OLE-Storage_Lite perl-Parse-RecDescent perl-Pod-POM \
perl-Spreadsheet-WriteExcel perl-Template-Toolkit \
perl-Test-Builder-Tester perl-Test-Manifest perl-Test-SimpleUnit \
perl-Text-Autoformat perl-Text-CSV_XS perl-Unicode-String \
perl-XML-Dumper perl-XML-RSS perl-XML-Simple

Create Database

cd /opt/metadot/default_data
mysql -uroot mysql < createdbanduser4x.sql

mysql -e "grant all privileges on metadotdb.* to metadot@localhost identified by 'yourpassword'"

mysql -e "flush privileges"

mysql -umetadot -pyourpassword metadotdb < sampledata.sql

Create a Template Fragement

mkdir -p /etc/e-smith/templates-custom/etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf/
cd /etc/e-smith/templates-custom/etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf/
pico 87Metadot


   DocumentRoot         /opt/metadot/metadot
   Alias /metadot /opt/metadot/metadot
   Alias /images/ /opt/metadot/images/
   Alias /js/ /opt/metadot/js/
   Alias / /opt/metadot/metadot/
   Alias /public/   /opt/metadot/sitedata/public/
   Alias /skins/    /opt/metadot/sitedata/skins/
   Alias /htmlarea3/ /opt/metadot/js/htmlarea3/
   Alias /private/  /opt/metadot/sitedata/private/
   Alias / /opt/metadot/metadot/

<Directory /opt/metadot>
   Options +Indexes +Includes +FollowSymLinks -MultiViews +ExecCGI
   AllowOverride All
   allow from all
   AddHandler  cgi-script .pl
   PerlHandler speedy::Registry
   PerlSendHeader      On

Save by pressing Ctrl x, press y to save changes and press enter

expand-template /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf 
/etc/rc.d/init.d/httpd-e-smith restart

Modify Metadot configuration file

Metadot uses a configuration file that associates database information with the web server that you are running. It is located: /opt/metadot/etc

cd /opt/metadot/etc

Edit Metadot.conf you will need to modify these lines in the metadot.conf file to match the location where you install metadot on your server.

Line 16 change the password created in the mysql setup. pass = yourpassword,
Line 34 change /opt/metadot/sitedata/public
Line 108 change to /opt/metadot/sitedata/skins

Performance configuration

Warning.png Warning:
If you don't do this configuration, your metadot site will be extremely poor.

cd /opt/metadot/metadot

edit and change the top line from #!/usr/bin/perl to #!/usr/bin/speedy. This needs to be done to all .pl files in the metadot/




Testing the installation

cd /opt/metadot/metadot

Next, run the file on the command line :


if no errors go to next step

Now bring up the Metadot start page by accessing it from your web browser: or

Metadot Aministration Information

The default out-of-the box user name & password for Metadot is admin and the password is "123456". In your browser, go to the Metadot home page. In the upper right corner click on "Login".

This will take you to the login screen. Log in as 'admin' using the default '123456' password. This will take you back to the main screen.

[Note: If you are using the Konqueror web browser, then it has been reported that you may see an error screen the first time you log in. If you see this, then just go back and then click on 'Home']

Go to the bottom of the page and click "Enable Editing". This will enter edit mode, which will cause the page's edit controls to become visible. Change the password for the Admin user (the site's admin account). Do this in the following manner:

• Log in as admin, as described above.

• Go to "Manage..."->"My Profile". This will take you to the edit profile page for the admin user.

• Change the admin password and save.

Dont change the url in admin

also, you will need to modify the system params

click on manage and select config from the drop down selection,

Metadot config.png

then select, Modify next to the System params as seen in screen shot

Metadot params.png

scroll down untill you find

Absolute path for private file upload directory

and change to /opt/metadot/sitedata/private

scroll down to bottom of page and press save

Your Metadot Portal is now ready for to use, Enjoy


I will add instruction on how to add a virtual host for Metadot soon, some hints if you are attempting virtual host, you will need to modify createdbanduser4x.sql & sampledata.sql found in the /metadot/default_data

edit createdbanduser4x.sql and change create database metadotdb; to create database metadotvhdb; save changes

mysql -uroot mysql < createdbanduser4x.sql

mysql -e "grant all privileges on metadotvhdb.* to metadotvh@localhost identified by 'yourpassword'"

mysql -e "flush privileges"

mysql -umetadotvh -pyourpassword metadotvhdb < sampledata.sql

Russell Taihn