Setting up Development Environment for ownCloud
by Ruchita Rathi
For setting up development environment for ownCloud, I tried several options:
1. Set the dev environment on Mac OS (I later realized after reading the prerequisites correctly that this was a bad choice because ownCloud has discontinued the support for Mac OSx). Thanks to my mentor, @jancborchardt who pointed me to the following posts on deploying ownCloud’s dev environment:
2. Create Virtual Machine using Virtualbox and Ubuntu LTS 12.04 Operating system.
3. Spin an Amazon EC2 instance with community AMIs for Ubuntu LTS 12.04.
4. Finally, after reading through several stackexchange posts, I came across an answer that suggested to use VMWare Fusion instead of VirtualBox.
Fortunately, I already had the license key for VMWare Fusion. Here are detailed instructions on setting up ownCloud’s development environment on your Mac OS:
- Download Desktop version of Ubuntu LTS 12.04 from one of the mirror site (http://releases.ubuntu.com/12.04/ubuntu-12.04.4-desktop-amd64.iso.torrent)
- Deploy this on Fusion using the guided GUI based install of Fusion
- On the virtual machine, use the terminal application and deploy LAMP stack:
- Install Apache using the following command:
sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install apache2
- Go to your web browser and check if the webserver is correctly installed by visiting the following address:
You should see the default Ubuntu 12.04 Apache web page.
- Install MySQL
sudo apt-get install mysql-server libapache2-mod-auth-mysql php5-mysql
During the installation, the installer will ask you to confirm a password for the MySQL “root” user.
- Create MySQL’s database directory structure by issuing the following command:
- Run the security script:
Keep all the default settings by hitting the “Enter” key.
- Install PHP
sudo apt-get install php5 libapache2-mod-php5 php5-mcrypt
- Change the following settings in the dir.conf file:
sudo nano /etc/apache2/mods-enabled/dir.conf
Change the settings in this file to the following:
<IfModule mod_dir.c> DirectoryIndex index.php index.html index.cgi index.pl index.xhtml index.htm </IfModule>
- Restart your webserver:
sudo service apache2 restart
For more details on installing LAMP stack, see this post.
4. Install Python 3.4 on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS.
sudo apt-get install python3-pip sudo apt-get install python3-setuptools
5. Install github:
sudo apt-get install git-core sudo apt-get install libcurl4-gnutls-dev libexpat1-dev gettext libz-dev libssl-dev build-essential git config --global user.name "Your Name Here" git config --global user.email "email@example.com"
For more information, see the instructions listed here.
E: Could not get lock /var/lib/dpkg/lock - open (11 Resource temporarily unavailable) E: Unable to lock the administration directory (/var/lib/dpkg/) is another process
Solution: Remove your
/var/lib/dpkg/lockfile and force package reconfiguration (for more details, see: http://askubuntu.com/a/99538/287675)
sudo rm /var/lib/dpkg/lock sudo dpkg --configure -a