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MediaWiki and RHEL5.4

I’ve recently been toying with Semantic stuff and MediaWiki. Unfortunately, due to a few constraints I probably won’t have the luxury of sitting on top of an Ubuntu server platform – requiring a more “approved” OS. RHEL 5.x currently meets the my requirements. So, after creating a new VMware can with the RHEL 5.2 Server install I begun the process.

Fortunately, and somewhat to my surprise it was quite easy, and yet Google revealed very little to let me think otherwise. In fact the only recent docs/posts I found would’ve had me building and installing from source – the xAMP pieces. Ugh.

The good news is that Yum support prevents all of that. But, better yet the ‘Add Software’ menu option made it even easier/intuitive. With the “Package Manager” opened you can browse the Servers section – and select MySQL Database and Web Server. That’ll get the xAMx part. I did have to hit “Apply” here.

Once those are set up and in place I then did a search for ‘php mysql’ and installed the latest of both the ‘php’ and ‘php-mysql’ packages. Clicked “Apply” and that’s good.

I did configure both Apache (httpd) and MySQL to start automatically using ‘chkconfig’.

To get MediaWiki install I simple downloaded the latest tarball and exploded it in the /var/www directory structure. Then it was a simple edit of the httpd.conf setting the DocumentRoot to /var/www/mediawiki (which is what I exploded the tarball as).

I did have to set MySQL’s root password manually too.

That’s it. Not quite ‘sudo apt-get install mediawiki’ – but who cares, and I’m on the latest MediaWiki not 1.13.×.

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