Ubuntu Hardy Heron (8.04)

This page describes how to install ]project-open[ V3.2 on Ubuntu Hardy Heron (8.04).


If you are new to Project Open, please find more information on their homepage at http://www.project-open.org/

Thanks to

This doctionation were not possible without the great work of Iván Belmonte (http://ivanhq.net/project-open-on-debian-etch/) and Venkat Mangudi (http://www.venkatmangudi.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=18&Itemid=37). Mainly this is only a summup of both documentations with additions for Ubuntu Hardy (8.04).


I started with a plain Ubuntu 8.04 LTS Server with no special packages except OpenSSH-Server installed during installation from the CD. My machine is a P3, 1GHz with 512 MB Ram, 20 GB HD and Project Open runns good (I do not have many users on the machine, only one or two concurrent).

Step-By-Step Installation

Please note, I just copy the Unix-Commands with have to be entered at shell (eather SSH-Remote-Shell or on the machine itself starting Terminal-Session). Lines starting with a hash (#) are remark-lines. Since anything after a hash is ignored by the shell, it doesn't mather if you enter this also.


Lets start:

   # Became root
   sudo bash

   # Be sure to use current program-repository
   apt-get update

   # install some required programmes
   apt-get install libreadline5-dev zlib1g-dev tcl8.4 tcl8.4-dev tk8.4-dev bison flex cdbs libpam0g-dev libperl-dev python2.4-dev python-dev x-dev

   # more required programmes
   apt-get install aolserver4 aolserver4-dev aolserver4-doc aolserver4-nscache aolserver4-nsopenssl aolserver4-nspostgres aolserver4-nssha1 aolserver4-nsxml

   # change to local-source-dir
   cd /usr/local/src

   # you can try to install tdom, but according to my searches, it isn't part of hardy any more
   apt-get install tdom

   # use tdom from gutsy, workes fine

   # if you like, use tdom from my server
   wget http://fungus.at/po/tdom_0.7.8-5_i386.deb

   # otherway, search it within the ubuntu-pakage-lib at http://packages.ubuntu.com/de/gutsy/tdom and store it in /usr/local/src

   # install tdom
   dpkg -i tdom_0.7.8-5_i386.deb

   # install postgresql
   apt-get install postgresql postgresql-contrib

So, now we have to change some postgresql-settings:

Edit /etc/postgresql/8.3/main/postgresql.conf. Look for VERSION/PLATFORM COMPATIBILITY section, and enable these variables as follows:

   add_missing_from = on
   regex_flavor = extended
   default_with_oids = on

Edit /etc/postgresql/8.3/main/pg_hba.conf. Look for the local IPv4 local connections section, and change md5 auth with ident as follows:

   # IPv4 local connections:
   #host    all         all          md5
   host    all         all          ident sameuser

Restart Postgresql:

   /etc/init.d/postgresql-8.3 restart


   # Download and install ]PO[ package
   wget -c http://ivanhq.net/po/deb/project-open_3.2-1_i386.deb
   # alternative use http://fungus.at/po/project-open_3.2-1_i386.deb
   dpkg -i project-open_3.2-1_i386.deb

   # Create a user and a group for running ]po[
   groupadd projop
   useradd -g projop -d /web/projop -s /bin/bash projop

   # Create a log dir and change permissions on the website for the new user
   mkdir /web/projop/log
   chown -R projop:projop /web/projop

   # Create a new database for ]PO[ (default postgres charset is latin9, set it to utf8)
   su - postgres
    createuser -a -d projop
    createdb --owner=projop projop -E UTF8
    createlang plpgsql projop

   # Load demo data into the new database
   su - projop
    cd /web/projop/packages/intranet-core/preconf
    gzip -d project-open-3.2.sql.gz
    psql projop -f project-open-3.2.sql
    # please do not exit here, stay as user projop!!

Now we have to check, that the data has been correctly imported:

  psql projop
  projop=# select count(*) from users;

The output should be something like that; the Number 196 is a must!

   (1 row)

Edit config file /web/projop/etc/config.tcl and change main path settings

#set homedir                   /usr/local/aolserver
#set bindir                    [file dirname [ns_info nsd]]

set homedir                   /usr/lib/aolserver4
set bindir                    /usr/lib/aolserver4/bin

Launch the server to see if it works okay

/usr/sbin/aolserver4-nsd -f -t /web/projop/etc/config.tcl -u projop -g projop
# Ctrl+C to stop

Exit user projop


Init system

Edit default Aolserver4 init script /etc/init.d/aolserver4 and change next parameters



Change next line (about line 42, remove -s main)

#-u $USER -g $GROUP -b $ADDRESS:$PORT -s main -t $CONF >/dev/null 2>&1
-u $USER -g $GROUP -b $ADDRESS:$PORT -t $CONF >/dev/null 2>&1

Test everything works


BE PATIENT, ]po[ can take up to 1 min to start after rebooting.


Look into config file (/web/projop/etc/config.tcl) for tuning your server sitename, listening port, etc

Please note, now the server uses ]PO[ 3.2, but 3.3 is also released.

Fix AOL-Server startup

My aol-server startup had a bug: could not stop the server. So I did this workaround within /etc/init.d/aolserver4: the start-stop-daemon-line was replaced by the killall line.

    log_daemon_msg "Stopping web server" "$NAME"
    #start-stop-daemon --stop --quiet --pidfile $PIDFILE --oknodo >/dev/null
    killall aolserver4-nsd
    if [ $? != 0 ]; then

Upgrade 3.2 to 3.3

Download the Upgrade-Package from sourceforge: http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=86419&package_id=89751 I downloaded project-open-3.3.beta1-update.tgz.

Store this download at /tmp

   # Unpack the source
   cd /tmp
   tar -xvzf project-open-3.3.beta1-update.tgz

Please read also the guide at README.project-open., this guide should be found at /tmp. I used the steps 3a and 4 within this documentation.

   # be sure that the rights are OK
   chown -R projop:projop packages.
   chmod -R ug+r packages.

   # become root
   sudo bash

   # become projop-user
   su - projop

   # backup old packages
   mv packages packages.old

   # install new packages
   mv /tmp/packages. packages

   # restart aol-server
   /etc/init.d/aolserver4 restart

Bugs on ]po[ 3.3

I had to change this bugs to get ]po[ running under my configuration:

/web/projop/packages/calendar/www/view-week-display-postgresql.xql and /web/projop/packages/calendar/www/view-week-display.tcl

Search for to_date(start_date and replace it by to_date(:start_date. The ":" is importand before start_date!!

This term has to be replaced in both files!!!

/web/projop/packages/acs-tcl/tcl/utilities-procs.tcl Thanks to Gustaf Neumann (http://www.mail-archive.com/aolserver@listserv.aol.com/msg10006.html):

Search for ad_proc -public ReturnHeaders and change the method to this:

ad_proc -public ReturnHeaders 
Error: includelet 'content_type text/html' unknown
{ We use this when we want to send out just the headers and then do incremental writes with ns_write. This way the user doesn't have to wait for streamed output (useful when doing bulk uploads, installs, etc.). It returns status 200 and all headers including any added to outputheaders. } { set all_the_headers "HTTP/1.0 200 OK MIME-Version: 1.0 Content-Type: $content_type\r\n" util_WriteWithExtraOutputHeaders $all_the_headers if {[string match text/* $content_type]} { if {![string match *charset=* $content_type]} { append content_type "; charset=[ns_config ns/parameters OutputCharset iso-8859-1]" } ns_startcontent -type $content_type } else { ns_startcontent } }

Now reboot the server, and logon the PO-Machine (should be something like http://localhost:8000 and enjoy.

Bugs in ]op[ 3.4 with to_date functions

Besides the fix mentioned with files /web/projop/packages/calendar/www/view-week-display-postgresql.xql and /web/projop/packages/calendar/www/view-week-display.tcl, I too faced a few bugs related to to_date conversion function. It seems to_date(timestamp with time zone, text) and to_date(integer, text) were missing so I wrote my own and created them in the database and it started working. Find below the functions I wrote:

CREATE OR REPLACE FUNCTION to_date(integer, text)
    p_date_in alias for $1;     -- date_id
    v_date_out  date;
    a integer;
    b integer;
    c integer;
    d integer;
    e integer;
    m integer;
    day integer;
    month integer;
    year integer;
      -- http://code.activestate.com/recipes/117215/
      a :=  $1 + 32044;
      b := (4*a + 3)/146097;
      c := a - (146097*b)/4;
      d := (4*c +3)/1461;
      e := c - (1461*d)/4;
      m := (5*e+2)/153;
      day := e + 1 - (153*m+2)/5;
      month := m +3 -12*(m/10);
      year := 100*b+d-4800+m/10;
      v_date_out := to_date(year||'-'||month||'-'||day, 'yyyy-mm-dd');
      return v_date_out;
COST 100;
ALTER FUNCTION to_date(integer, text) OWNER TO projop;

CREATE OR REPLACE FUNCTION to_date(timestamp to time zone, text)
    p_date_in alias for $1;     -- date_id
    p_format_in alias for $2;
    v_date_out  date;
      select to_date(to_char(p_date_in, p_format_in), p_format_in) into v_date_out;
      return v_date_out;
COST 100;
ALTER FUNCTION to_date(timestamp to time zone, text) OWNER TO projop;

CREATE OR REPLACE FUNCTION upper(timestamp with time zone)
  RETURNS timestamp with time zone AS
    p_val alias for $1;
    return p_val;
COST 100;
ALTER FUNCTION upper(timestamp with time zone) OWNER TO projop;


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