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Installing the Seattle Custom Installer Builder

This page outlines how to install the Custom Installer Builder (including its dependencies) on a Linux machine.

Before you begin

We recommend you read up on how the Seattle infrastructure architecture looks like so that you have a good understanding of the components you want to have (and thus need to set up).

Also, there are different deployment paths to get you the functionality you want. Keep those in mind when configuring Apache later.

Setting up a user account

First of all, on your custominstallerbuilder server or VM, we recommend to set up a new Linux user account specific to the Custom Installer Builder instance you are going to set up. This ensures all of the code, config files, etc. remain isolated from that of other services on the same machine.

The user should not be granted interactive login for security reasons. Use sudo -i -u thenewusername instead to work in their directory. Needless to say, the user should not have root privileges or be able to acquire them.

Any user name will be fine. We'll use cib in the instructions.

Install Dependencies

The Custom Installer Builder requires a few pieces of software to run:

  •  Python in version 2.5-2.7 -- the language Custom Installer Builder is written in
  •  Apache -- the web server
  •  mod_wsgi -- necessary for interfacing with Django code
  •  Django -- necessary to run Django code
  • zip -- necessary for packaging window installers and keys
  •  Git -- source code management system, used to install Seattle dependencies
  •  Pip -- Python package management tool

Python is often available on a typical Linux install. Be sure to check the version though, we need 2.5, 2.6, or 2.7.

To install the other packages, log in as a sudoable user and type

$ sudo apt-get install apache2
$ sudo apt-get install libapache2-mod-wsgi
$ sudo apt-get install ntp
$ sudo apt-get install zip
$ sudo apt-get install git
$ sudo apt-get install python-pip

The Custom Installer Builder requires Django, a Python web framework, in version 1.6.5 or greater, which is available at or through a package manager.

$ sudo pip install django==1.6.7

Download Custom Installer Builder code base

Now log in as the user who will be hosting the Custom Installer Builder (in our case that's cib). Check out the Custom Installer Builder code base from GitHub:

$ sudo -i -u cib
[sudo] password for currentuser:
$ git clone -b django16support

In the custominstallerbuilder directory created through this, locate and cd into scripts/, and run the init script:

$ cd custominstallerbuilder   # The repo just cloned
$ cd scripts   # Part of said repo
$ python

This goes and clones additional repositories that are required for building installers into the directory ../DEPENDENCIES.

Create Repy runtime

The Custom Installer Builder uses Repy for some of its functionality. Create a Repy runtime in ~/repy_runtime like so:

$ # While still in the scripts/ directory
$ mkdir ~/repy_runtime
$ python ~/repy_runtime

Done (for now)

That's it! You now have all of the code and config files required for the Custom Installer Builder in place!

Continue to configuration, then customization and build, running a test server, and running a production server.