Opened 12 years ago

Closed 12 years ago

#182 closed Question/How do I...? (fixed)

Drupal install

Reported by: Andy Hieb Owned by: Jamie McClelland
Priority: Urgent Component: Tech
Keywords: drupal Cc:
Sensitive: no


i'm just getting started with an account on malcolm (initial account user: ceasefire), and need to get Drupal up and running.

Jamie's given me a basic idea of how the MFPL "managed" Drupal service works... i've always been skeptical of such managed services, especially w/ a beast like Drupal, where every installation seems to be pretty idiosyncratic and every upgrade need its own attention.

is a non-managed installation of Drupal allowed? (i.e. could you just create the database for me?) if so, what are the pros/cons in your experience? if not, well, please go ahead and install Drupal 5 for me and let's see how this goes!

-- andy

PS: "Feature/Enhancement Request" or "Task/To do item"?

Change History (4)

comment:1 Changed 12 years ago by Jamie McClelland

Priority: MediumUrgent
Status: newassigned

comment:2 Changed 12 years ago by Jamie McClelland

Type: Feature/Enhancement RequestQuestion/How do I...?

Hi Andy - yes - a non-managed installation is certainly allowed. The major con is that you will need to upgrade the core code when a new security hole is found. The pro is the you get to upgrade the core code when a new security hole is found :).

If you are already on the Drupal security list and are already maintaining Drupal updates on other servers, then I would recommend that you do your own Drupal install. On the other hand, if you are not already doing this, then I would recommend going for the managed installation.

We can change back and forth at any point:

When we maintain the code is simply means that the drupal files and directories in your web directory are symlinks to /usr/local/share/drupal-5. The symlinks themselves are owned by you so at any time you can delete them and put in your own copy of drupal. Similarly, you can always remoe your own copy of drupal and symlink to /usr/local/share/drupal-5.

So - just let us know if you'd like us to setup a database for you or do the full drupal install.

As for ticket type... changing to "Question/How do I...?" because I think that better describes the first part of the question. Otherwise, I think I'd call it feature/enhancement. We use the to do items mostly for assigning work to ourselves.

comment:3 Changed 12 years ago by Andy Hieb

glad to know that you're so flexible about it. i think i'll do the manual installation for now, and see if i'm inclined to go the managed route later. (yes, i'm subscribed to the Drupal security mailing list and actively monitor updates.) so, if you could please create the db and get me the credentials that'd be great.

thanks, Jamie.

-- andy

comment:4 Changed 12 years ago by Jamie McClelland

Resolution: fixed
Status: assignedclosed

Hi Andy - no problem.

I just created your database and put the details in a file called mysql in your arh1 home directory (only readable by you). Let us know if you run into any problems with the installation. I'm closing this ticket (if for some reason the details don't work please re-open.

Thanks! Jamie

p.s. our server is running suphp - so all php scripts will be executed as the user that owns them. That means you can (and should) make your settings.php file only readable by the user who owns your index.php file.

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