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Installation and basic configuration

Right now, there is no installer, so there isn't much to say here. This page will be updated when progress is made in the installer / updater scripts.

System requirements

This may change in the future, but basically, here is what you'll need to run EoS Alpha.

  • A web server (obviously). Apache, nginx, lighthttpd - they should all work as long as it is configured to run PHP scripts.
  • PHP version 5.3.0 or later. Older versions are not supported (and never will be). Whether you use the Apache module, cgi or fastcgi shouldn't matter as long as it is properly configured. To get pretty URLs working, your web server must be able to rewrite requests accordingly. Tested under both Apache and nginx with these rewrite rules.
  • MySQL 5.0 or later. Older versions *may* work, but are totally untested. You don't need MySQLi or PDO, just the standard mysql driver for PHP.
  • Ability to set certain directory permissions on your web host. Some directories must be writable, so you need to configure this.

From a current point of view, this is all you'll need.

Recommended, but not absolutely necessary

  • A PHP opcode cache. APC, xCache or Zend Suite (if you have too much money :) ). This will significantly improve performance, not only through script caching but also, because these opcode caches can be used by EoS to cache frequent database queries and other stuff. Caching will save a lot of execution time and reduce the number of database queries. Note that old technologies like eAccelerator or MMCache are no longer supported.
  • Memcached - for caching.
  • Sphinx search daemon. Recommended for big boards with lots of posts. EoS does not support MySQL fulltext index (because it's too slow anyway) and the default custom search index will work best for small to medium sized forums. Sphinx will improve the search performance immensely

Basic configuration

Because EoS is based on SMF, it still shares a lot of options and procedures with it. If you are familiar with SMF, you should not have any problems with EoS either. The administration interface may look a bit different, but it basically works the same way and most options from SMF can be found in EoS (but not vice versa, because EoS has a couple of new things).

Advanced configuration

[todo - document EoS - specific options and procedures]

Last modified: Tuesday, July 31, 2012 at 19:43 CET, by Nightwish

Category: EoSAlpha

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