2013-01-10 Paul Boddie Attempted to generate cleaner URLs for use with mod_rewrite directives. Added a note about logging to the "to do" list.
     1 Introduction
     2 ------------
     4 The moinsetup script is a utility separate from MoinMoin which attempts to
     5 assist in the configuration and deployment of MoinMoin and extensions. It can
     6 automate the installation of MoinMoin according to recommended practices,
     7 create and initialise new Wiki instances, install extensions, themes and
     8 related resources, and perform certain configuration changes.
    10 Important Notices
    11 -----------------
    13 Release 0.3 of moinsetup changes the Wiki instance directory hierarchy so that
    14 the top-level directory, instead of containing the conf and wikidata
    15 directories, contains the Wiki configuration file (unless located elsewhere -
    16 see the site_config setting) plus data, underlay and htdocs directories. See
    17 the migration section below for details.
    19 Release 0.3 also changes the moinsetup command syntax to require -m (or
    20 --method=) before method names. This fixes a critical ambiguity issue with
    21 option processing.
    23 Usage
    24 -----
    26 Running moinsetup as follows will provide a list of methods available:
    28   python
    30 Before any work can be done by the program, a configuration file needs to be
    31 created. See the supplied moinsetup.cfg file in the examples directory which
    32 can be modified and used for this purpose.
    34 An alternative configuration file is specified using the -f option:
    36   python -f mywiki.cfg
    38 Configuration files provide information about the MoinMoin installation and a
    39 particular Wiki instance and Web site where the instance is published.
    41 Migration from moinsetup 0.2
    42 ----------------------------
    44 The Wiki instance directory hierarchy has changed in moinsetup 0.3 as
    45 illustrated below:
    47 wiki (old)
    48   conf
    49     (
    50     data
    51     underlay
    52   wikidata
    53     ... (htdocs)
    55 wiki (new)
    56   (
    57   data
    58   underlay
    59   (htdocs)
    61 Since the contents of wikidata is generally superfluous, since the files are
    62 mostly shared resources, that directory is no longer created and such shared
    63 resources are no longer copied into it. The htdocs directory is copied since
    64 it can be convenient to maintain a separate collection of static files so that
    65 they can be updated with theme-related changes without modifying common system
    66 files.
    68 To migrate old Wiki instance layouts, run the following command:
    70   python -m migrate_instance
    72 Add an optional argument after the method name to run the migration method in
    73 test mode:
    75   python -m migrate_instance test
    77 This will just print the actions to be taken when migrating the instance.
    79 Configuration
    80 -------------
    82 The configuration file has two sections: "installation" and "site". A brief
    83 description of the settings is given below.
    85 Installation settings influence the configuration, installation and
    86 customisation of a Wiki and are generally not optional:
    88 moin_distribution   A path to a MoinMoin distribution directory, which can
    89                     also be a clone of a MoinMoin repository.
    91 prefix              The directory prefix containing lib, bin and share
    92                     directories where MoinMoin is (or will be) installed.
    93                     Although this follows the layout of the /usr directory (on
    94                     Unix-based systems), it is likely that MoinMoin may be
    95                     installed elsewhere.
    97 site_packages       The location of a directory which is either a Python
    98                     site-packages directory or something providing a selection
    99                     of different Python packages. If Python packages are
   100                     installed outside the 'prefix' area, perhaps due to a
   101                     distribution-specific mechanism, this setting should be
   102                     used in addition to the 'prefix' setting. Otherwise, it can
   103                     be omitted or left blank.
   105 web_app_dir         A directory where the moin.cgi program is (or will be)
   106                     installed.
   108 web_static_dir      A directory from which static resources are to be served.
   109                     This directory need only be specified in a limited hosting
   110                     environment (see below for more details).
   112 web_site_dir        The directory where sites available to the Apache Web
   113                     server are defined. This directory may just be a place
   114                     where initial site definitions are written, and after
   115                     manual editing, such definitions may be copied to the
   116                     appropriate location. If this directory is left
   117                     unspecified, a limited hosting environment will be
   118                     assumed.
   120 The following Web server settings are optional, but they should probably be
   121 investigated and specified:
   123 web_user            The user operating the Web server, typically www-user or
   124                     apache. This setting is typically used where the
   125                     filesystem supports ACLs and the setfacl program can be
   126                     run.
   128 web_group           The group of the user operating the Web server, typically
   129                     the same as the user. This setting is typically used where
   130                     the ownership of files has to be modified in order to
   131                     allow the Web server to access the Wiki programs and
   132                     files, thus preserving the original ownership of the
   133                     installed files.
   135 Except for the common_dir setting, site settings are generally only relevant
   136 when configuring and installing a Wiki:
   138 common_dir          The directory in which the Wiki instance being configured
   139                     or managed resides (or will reside).
   141 farm_config         A specific Wiki farm configuration file for multiple Wiki
   142                     deployments. This overrides the 'common_dir' setting if
   143                     used, indicating that a Wiki farm configuration must be
   144                     edited when configuring a Wiki, and must refer to an
   145                     actual file, not merely a directory.
   147 site_config         A specific configuration file location for a Wiki deployed
   148                     within a Wiki farm. This overrides the 'common_dir' setting
   149                     if used, and must refer to an actual file, not merely a
   150                     directory.
   152 url_path            The URL path (after the host details) of the Wiki.
   154 static_url_path     The URL path (after the host details) of the Wiki's static
   155                     resources. This is only required if a limited hosting
   156                     environment enforces separate "htdocs" and "cgi-bin"
   157                     directories, and the static resources must be placed in
   158                     the "htdocs" directory.
   160 superuser           The superuser of the Wiki.
   162 site_name           The name of the Wiki.
   164 site_identifier     An identifier used to refer to the site, typically derived
   165                     from 'site_name' if left unspecified, and only really of use
   166                     when an Apache site file needs to be written. In limited
   167                     hosting environments, this setting has no effect.
   169 front_page_name     The name of the Wiki's front page.
   171 theme_default       The default theme of the Wiki.
   173 Working with MoinMoin System Installations
   174 ------------------------------------------
   176 Where MoinMoin has already been installed using a package supplied by an
   177 operating system distribution (such as Debian, Red Hat, Ubuntu), there is no
   178 need to install the software itself. However, it is still necessary to set up
   179 Wiki instances. The moinsetup.cfg.debian file in the examples directory could
   180 be used as a starting point for configuring Wiki instances on Debian systems.
   182 Limited Hosting Environments
   183 ----------------------------
   185 Sometimes, the hosting environment in which MoinMoin is to be deployed will be
   186 restrictive or "limited", meaning that substantial configuration of the Web
   187 server will not be possible for the user installing and configuring MoinMoin.
   188 In such environments, users will typically be allowed to install content in
   189 preconfigured directories for static and dynamic content. For example:
   191 /path/to/www/cgi-bin    a dynamic content directory, providing CGI scripts
   192 /path/to/www/htdocs     a static content directory, providing Web pages
   194 To work in such environments, specify the configuration settings in
   195 moinsetup.cfg as follows:
   197 web_app_dir     = /path/to/www/cgi-bin
   198 web_static_dir  = /path/to/www/htdocs
   199 web_site_dir    =
   201 url_path        = /mysite/cgi-bin
   202 static_url_path = /mysite
   204 If the web_static_dir setting is left blank, the static resources will be
   205 placed alongside the CGI script. Some environments have .cgi files served as
   206 CGI scripts and other files served statically; in such cases, static_url_path
   207 can also be left blank.
   209 Inside the directory used to hold static resources, a subdirectory will be
   210 created to hold the static content used by MoinMoin.
   212 See the moinsetup.cfg.sourceforge file in the examples directory for an
   213 illustration of how Wiki instances can be configured in a restrictive hosting
   214 environment.
   216 Wiki Farm Environments
   217 ----------------------
   219 MoinMoin supports the notion of a Wiki farm where a single common configuration
   220 is overridden by configurations for individual Wiki instances. To work in such
   221 environments, specify the configuration settings in moinsetup.cfg as follows:
   223 farm_config     = /path/to/
   224 site_config     = /path/to/
   226 Examples
   227 --------
   229 Some of the more useful invocation methods are described below using examples.
   231 To set up MoinMoin and a Wiki instance (useful when installing MoinMoin
   232 yourself):
   234   python -m setup
   236 To set up only a Wiki instance (useful on a system with MoinMoin installed):
   238   python -m setup_wiki
   240 To set up only a Wiki instance, but using a different configuration file:
   242   python -f mywiki.cfg -m setup_wiki
   244 To change a Wiki configuration setting (for example, the default theme):
   246   python -m reconfigure_moin theme_default mercurialwiki
   248 To install a theme from a directory containing a theme module, css and img
   249 directories (for example, MercurialWikiTheme):
   251   python -m install_theme /path/to/MercurialWikiTheme/themes/mercurialwiki
   253 To install an extension package from a directory containing a script
   254 (for example, EventAggregator):
   256   python -m install_extension_package /path/to/EventAggregator
   258 To install actions from a directory containing action modules:
   260   python -m install_actions /path/to/EventAggregator/actions
   262 To install macros from a directory containing macro modules:
   264   python -m install_macros /path/to/EventAggregator/macros
   266 To install theme-related resources for an extension from a directory
   267 containing css and img directories:
   269   python -m install_theme_resources /path/to/EventAggregator
   271 To add theme-related resources to existing stylesheets (for example, adding
   272 the event-aggregator.css resource to the screen.css stylesheet for all
   273 installed themes):
   275   python -m edit_theme_stylesheet screen.css event-aggregator.css
   277 To make a page package containing pages to be added to a Wiki:
   279   python -m make_page_package pages_dir
   281 To install a page package in a Wiki:
   283   python -m install_page_package
   285 Contact, Copyright and Licence Information
   286 ------------------------------------------
   288 See the following Web page for more information about this work:
   292 The author can be contacted at the following e-mail address:
   296 Copyright and licence information can be found in the docs directory - see
   297 docs/COPYING.txt and docs/gpl-3.0.txt for more information.
   299 Dependencies
   300 ------------
   302 moinsetup has the following basic dependencies:
   304 Packages                    Release Information
   305 --------                    -------------------
   307 CMDsyntax                   Tested with 0.91
   308                             Source:
   310 New in moinsetup 0.4 (Changes since moinsetup 0.3)
   311 --------------------------------------------------
   313   * Added, edit-log and event-log permissions/ownership commands
   314     to the postinstall scripts.
   315   * Fixed the .htaccess file location for limited hosting environments, using
   316     the static resources directory in preference to the application directory.
   317   * Added support for separate static URL paths enforced by limited hosting
   318     environments.
   319   * Added web_user and web_group settings.
   320   * Added support for making hierarchical page packages.
   321   * Introduced detection of files when installing plugins.
   323 New in moinsetup 0.3 (Changes since moinsetup 0.2)
   324 --------------------------------------------------
   326   * Changed the command syntax to require -m (or --method=) before method
   327     names; improved the error reporting when settings are missing or
   328     inappropriate.
   329   * Flattened the Wiki instance hierarchy, putting the configuration, data,
   330     underlay and htdocs in the same top-level directory. (See the migration
   331     section in the documentation for information on updating the hierarchy.)
   332   * Changed the location of MoinMoin 1.9 resources, installing them in the
   333     prefix hierarchy and copying only static resources into Wiki instances.
   334   * Changed the handling of static resources with MoinMoin 1.9 to serve them
   335     separately just as MoinMoin 1.8 does; this makes performance much better
   336     when CGI is used under Apache.
   337   * Moved the editing of the moin script into the setup method so that no
   338     attempt is made to edit system programs.
   339   * Made moin_distribution optional so that when MoinMoin is installed from a
   340     system package, the non-installation actions can still be performed using
   341     shared data typically found in /usr/share/moin.
   342   * Added support for Wiki farms, separate library/site-packages directories,
   343     and site identifiers (based on site names).
   344   * Improved the MoinMoin version detection.
   345   * Added an event handler installation action.
   347 New in moinsetup 0.2 (Changes since moinsetup 0.1)
   348 --------------------------------------------------
   350   * Improved OpenID configuration, supporting MoinMoin 1.9, and added support
   351     for other authentication methods.
   352   * Added support for ACL-capable filesystems when setting Wiki permissions.
   353     It can be more convenient to retain read/write access to the installed
   354     files while also granting the Web server user (who need not be in a common
   355     group) access to read and modify the files.
   356   * Added support for configurations employing a separate static resources
   357     directory (such as a typical "htdocs" directory).
   358   * Added a parser installation action.
   359   * Added support for page attachments in the page-packaging action.
   361 Release Procedures
   362 ------------------
   364 Update the __version__ attribute.
   365 Change the version number and package filename/directory in the documentation.
   366 Update the release notes (see above).
   367 Tag, export.
   368 Archive, upload.
   369 Update the ScriptMarket (see above for the URL).