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    How To Install Directadmin on FreeBSD 9.1

    After lots of trials and errors, this is what worked for me, hope it saves someone else time.

    How To Freebsd 9.1 Directadmin Install

    First Install FreeBSD - MINIMUM INSTALL ONLY!!!

    check http://www.freebsd.org/doc/en_US.ISO...sdinstall.html freebsd 9 installation handbook

    Make sure you DO NOT install 32 bit binaries!!! This runs you into trouble with Directadmin

    Freebsd 9.1 partition structure:
    Partition Type Size Mountpoint Label
    freebsd-boot 512K
    freebsd-ufs 2G /
    freebsd-swap 16G
    freebsd-ufs 30G /var
    freebsd-ufs 4G /tmp
    freebsd-ufs 30G /usr
    freebsd-ufs remainder of disc /home

    **** SPECIAL NOTICE for FreeBSD non-root ssh logins ****

    You *must* add "AllowUsers username" to /etc/ssh/sshd_config before you log out from root or you'll lose root on the server forever, and you'll have to format.

    On VPS: Make snapshot so the above steps are easy to replicate in case you need to.

    Now update the ports on your box:

    run the following commands:

    # portsnap fetch

    # portsnap extract

    # portsnap update

    When your ports are up to date, move on to:

    Preinstall before Direcatadmin
    Install ports below before Directadmin install:
    (gcc and g++ are required to compile apache and php)

    To find a port, use "whereis portname" on commandline
    or use find / -name portname

    Then go to port location and: make install clean
    Here are the ports and locations that need installing:

    ssh: installed during freebsd install
    gcc: /usr/ports/lang/gcc
    g++: included in gcc
    perl: included in gcc
    gmake: included in gcc
    opensssl-devel: /usr/ports/security/openssl
    wget: /usr/ports/ftp/wget
    bison: /usr/ports/devel/bison
    flex: /usr/ports/textproc/flex
    gd: /usr/ports/graphics/gd
    cyrus-sas12: /usr/ports/security/cyrus-sasl2
    libidn: /usr/ports/dns/libidn

    The above takes a while, relax and have a cuppa!

    Next download the directadmin setup.sh file

    # fetch http://www.directadmin.com/setup.sh

    Change permissions on the setup.sh file

    # chmod 755 setup.sh

    Now run the setup script!

    # ./setup.sh

    You will be prompted for a client ID number, license ID number, and hostname.

    Important: The hostname should not be the same as the primary domain name. e.g. gary.com is not a good hostname, where server.gary.com is. Having the same host/main domain name will cause e-mail and FTP problems. Also, please make sure the hostname resolves once you setup DNS.

    !!! Make sure you use custombuild 1.2, because version 2 is in beta and installs apache 2.4 which does not work well yet on freebsd 9.1 per december 20 2012, date of this How To

    =========INSTALLATION TROUBLES============

    If you've just finished a DirectAdmin install and are trying to start apache, but you get the error:

    Syntax error on line 21 of /etc/httpd/conf/extra/httpd-vhosts.conf: Could not open configuration file /etc/httpd/conf/ips.conf: No such file or directory
    this means that the ips.conf is missing. The cause is usually that the DirectAdmin install didn't actually finish.

    In that case, to finish the install, type:

    cd /usr/local/directadmin
    ./directadmin i
    ./directadmin p

    which is the last step of the DA install.

    In case something in custombuild didn't compile correctly. Type the following:

    cd /usr/local/directadmin/custombuild
    ./build all d
    and check for errors in the last few pages of output if it stops prematurely.

    =============VPS Settings DA===================

    Special notice for VPS/VDS installs:
    After the install, add:

    ethernet_dev=devicename to /usr/local/directadmin/conf/directadmin.conf

    type: /sbin/ifconfig to see which device your IP is on.

    Replace devicename with the FULL devicename reported by ifconfig. If your VDS/VPS system emulates eth0, then you may skip this step.

    FreeBSD 9.1 may require an exim rebuild (for me it did):

    Use custombuild for that:

    cd /usr/local/directadmin/custombuild
    ./build update
    ./build set exim yes
    ./build exim

    Restart exim, and you're done.

    This is what worked for me on december 20th 2012

    Good luck!
    I got rid of Back Pain and Sciatica

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    Quote Originally Posted by DA-Rff View Post
    After lots of trials and errors, this is what worked for me, hope it saves someone else time...Good luck!
    Thank you for taking the time to post this.

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    I installed on FreeBSD 9.1 with CustomBuild 2.0; however not with the default options. It will work with:

    1. PHP set as mod_php

    2. ProFTPD instead of PureFTPD

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    Quote Originally Posted by wattie View Post
    I installed on FreeBSD 9.1 with CustomBuild 2.0; however not with the default options. It will work with:
    1. PHP set as mod_php
    2. ProFTPD instead of PureFTPD
    This is major good news. Those are my normal settings anyway, but most importantly it means you also have mod_ruid2.

    Which version of Apache and PHP are you running?

    *I wonder why CustomBuild 2.0 has been in beta for so many years.

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    No, I did not install mod_ruid2. I actually did not even try mod_ruid2. As far as I know mod_ruid2 do NOT work on BSD systems at all. Here is the options.conf that works:

    #PHP settings.
    #Default version of PHP is always php1_release. Possible values for php1/php2_release: 5.3, 5.4, 5.5, no. php1/php2_mode: mod_php, fastcgi, php-fpm or suphp)
    php1_release=5.4
    php2_release=no
    php1_mode=mod_php
    php2_mode=php-fpm
    php_ini=yes
    #Possible values - production or development
    php_ini_type=production
    ioncube=yes
    zend=no

    webserver=apache

    #Possible value: 2.4
    apache_ver=2.4
    mod_ruid2=no
    secure_htaccess=no
    harden-symlinks-patch=yes

    #Possible values - 5.1, 5.5
    mysql=5.5
    mysql_inst=no
    mysql_backup=yes
    mysql_backup_dir=/usr/local/directadmin/custombuild/mysql_backups

    #Web applications
    phpmyadmin=yes
    squirrelmail=yes
    roundcube=yes

    #Mail options
    exim=yes
    eximconf=yes
    clamav=yes
    spamassassin=yes
    dovecot=yes

    #Statistics
    awstats=no
    webalizer=yes

    #FTP options - possible values: proftpd, pureftpd
    ftpd=proftpd

    #Jailed shell
    jail=no

    #Autoconf/automake/libtool options
    autoconf=yes
    automake=yes
    libtool=yes
    curl=yes

    #new version of zlib and libxml2 (experts only)
    zlib=yes
    new_zlib=yes
    new_xml2=yes
    new_pcre=yes

    #Custombuild options
    custombuild=2.0
    autover=no
    bold=yes
    clean=yes
    cleanapache=no
    clean_old_tarballs=yes
    clean_old_webapps=yes
    downloadserver=files6.directadmin.com

    #Cron settings
    cron=yes
    cron_frequency=daily
    email= ********************
    notifications=yes
    da_autoupdate=no
    updates=no
    webapps_updates=yes

    #Cloudlinux settings
    cloudlinux=no
    redirect_host=************************
    redirect_host_https=no
    php_timezone=EET
    old_apr_util=no
    P.S. There were some problems installing ioncube initially. After doing "./build all d" for a second time it did compile.
    Last edited by wattie; 03-01-2013 at 11:25 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wattie View Post
    As far as I know mod_ruid2 do NOT work on BSD systems at all.
    Looks like you're correct. I did not know that. Too bad. That's big.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IT_Architect View Post
    Looks like you're correct. I did not know that. Too bad. That's big.
    Not much different in philosophy than the CGI variants - suPHP for example or mod_cgi+suEXEC... You only miss the APC and other accelerators with the CGI... Actually I don't feel quite good to have the main Apache process working as root user.
    Last edited by wattie; 03-01-2013 at 11:49 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wattie View Post
    Not much different in philosophy than the CGI variants - suPHP for example or mod_cgi+suEXEC... You only miss the APC and other accelerators with the CGI... Actually I don't feel quite good to have the main Apache process working as root user.
    I've been there and don't want to go back. mod_ruid2 is something I had been looking forward to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DA-Rff View Post
    !!! Make sure you use custombuild 1.2, because version 2 is in beta and installs apache 2.4 which does not work well yet on freebsd 9.1
    Quote Originally Posted by DA-Rff View Post
    I installed on FreeBSD 9.1 with CustomBuild 2.0; however not with the default options. It will work with:
    Now that Apache 2.4 is available for FreeBSD...who's going to try it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by IT_Architect View Post
    Now that Apache 2.4 is available for FreeBSD...who's going to try it?
    Runs fine here!
    I got rid of Back Pain and Sciatica

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    Quote Originally Posted by DA-Rff View Post
    Runs fine here!
    Your feedback timing is prefect. Apache 2.4 is one of the necessary pieces to solve a Wordpress security issue that just reared its ugly head on one of my servers. I'm currently running 2.2 and no mod_ruid2.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IT_Architect View Post
    Your feedback timing is prefect. Apache 2.4 is one of the necessary pieces to solve a Wordpress security issue that just reared its ugly head on one of my servers. I'm currently running 2.2 and no mod_ruid2.
    running 2.4.6 installed with custombuild 2.0 rc 6 good luck and keep me posted
    I got rid of Back Pain and Sciatica

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    Quote Originally Posted by DA-Rff View Post
    running 2.4.6 installed with custombuild 2.0 rc 6 good luck and keep me posted
    There is another little gem I needed. As you probably know, mod_ruid2 is only set up for Custombuild 2.0. So apparently Custombuild 2.0 is working for you. Question: Do you happen to be running mod_ruid2 also?

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    Quote Originally Posted by IT_Architect View Post
    There is another little gem I needed. As you probably know, mod_ruid2 is only set up for Custombuild 2.0. So apparently Custombuild 2.0 is working for you. Question: Do you happen to be running mod_ruid2 also?
    No, not using mod_ruid2 on my server, good luck
    I got rid of Back Pain and Sciatica

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    Help

    I'm using Freebsd 9.3. I installed everything above.
    My installation hangs in here:
    Making all in include
    Making all in curl
    make all-am
    Making all in scripts
    /usr/bin/perl > _curl

    No errors no nothing. Is there a way I can tail what happens in there?

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