AbriaSoft in a Jiffy

Here are my tips for installing the AbriaSoft software in as close to five minutes as possible.

  1. If you're starting with a bare hard drive, use the Red Hat Gnome Workstation option. Though it might seem that Server Install is a better choice, that option includes many packages you probably won't need, such as older versions of Perl and Apache, and some that you'll want, such as X Window and Netscape.

  2. When you're ready to install AbriaSoft, log in as root. Normally when installing software I log in as myself and then 'su' to root. When I did this, the AbriaSoft installer said "you must log in as root" and exited.

  3. When I ran the installer in the X environment it acted strangely. For example, it started a full screen window with the Abria logo and then put the interactive dialog box behind the logo where it couldn't be seen. I suggest you exit the windowing environment to a shell prompt and run the installer there.

  4. To see exactly what's being installed, walk through the Custom install option instead of the Express option. Selecting only defaults gets you the same install, but you know exactly what's being installed.

  5. When you're finished, phpMyAdmin is accessible from anywhere on the Internet and there's no root password for MySQL. You must immediately set a root password with this shell command:

    mysqladmin -u root password your_password

    Make your_password the one you want to use. This has the unfortunate side effect of disabling phpMyAdmin until you reconfigure it, but at least it doesn't open control of your database server to the Internet. —BW