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Installing Drupal 4.6.4



Information

Overview of Drupal 4.6.4 requirements:

System Name
Operating system
  • Windows (95/98/2000/2003/ME/NT/XP)
  • Linux
  • Sun Solaris
  • HP-UX
Web server
  • Apache (1.3.0 or higher) or (2.0 or higher)
  • MS Internet Information Server (5.0 or higher)
PHP
  • 4.3.3 or greater
  • 5.0 or greater
Database
  • MySQL (3.23.17 or higher)
  • Postgres


Operating system used
Windows XP Home Edition Version 5.1 SP 2

Software prerequisites
Apache 1.3 or higher.
MySQL 3.23.55 or higher.
PHP 4.3.3 or higher or PHP 5.


Procedure
  1. Download and unzip drupal-4.6.4.tar.gz.
    For example: C:\drupal-4.6.4

    Note:
    The size of the zipped file is 446 KB and unzipped it is 1,38 MB.

  2. Create a directory, for example: C:\mobilefish_drupal

  3. Copy the content of C:\drupal-4.6.4 into C:\mobilefish_drupal

  4. Update the C:\Tools\Apache Group\Apache2\conf\httpd.conf file.

    Add the following lines below the httpd.conf file:

    <VirtualHost 192.168.1.100:80>
       ServerAdmin [email protected]
       DocumentRoot c:/mobilefish_drupal
       ServerName drupal.mobilefish.com
       ErrorLog logs/drupal.mobilefish.com-error_log
       #TransferLog logs/drupal.mobilefish.com-access_log
       CustomLog "|c:/weblogs/rotatelogs.exe
          c:/weblogs/drupal.mobilefish.com-access_%y%m%d.log 86400" combined
       <Directory "c:/mobilefish_drupal">
           Options +Includes
           AddType text/html shtm
           AddOutputFilter Includes shtm
           AllowOverride All
       </Directory>
    </VirtualHost>


    See an example of an httpd.conf file.

    Note: AllowOverride All needs to be set if you want to display clean URLs. Instead of the following URL http://drupal.mobilefish.com/?q=admin you will see: http://drupal.mobilefish.com/admin

    Admin | administer | settings: Enable Clean URLs

  5. Update the C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc\hosts file.
    Add the following line:

    127.0.0.1    drupal.mobilefish.com

  6. Start MySQL

  7. Create the Drupal database:
    C:\Tools\mysql\bin>mysqladmin -uroot -pmysecret create drupal

    where:
    username = root
    password = mysecret
    database = drupal



  8. Load the Drupal database schema:

    C:\Tools\mysql\bin>mysql -uroot -pmysecret drupal < C:\mobilefish_drupal\database\database.mysql

    where:
    username = root
    password = mysecret
    database = drupal

  9. Update file C:\mobilefish_drupal\sites\default\settings.php
    and change the database connection:

    $db_url = 'mysql://root:[email protected]/drupal'

    where:
    username = root
    password = mysecret
    host = localhost
    database = drupal

  10. Set $base_url to match the address to your Drupal site:

    $base_url = 'http://drupal.mobilefish.com';

    Note: Never add a forward slash at the end.

  11. Create subdirectory: C:\mobilefish_drupal\files

    This subdirectory stores files such as custom logos, user avatars, and other media associated with your new site. The sub-directory requires "read and write" permission.

  12. (Re)start Apache.

  13. You can now launch your browser and point it to your Drupal site.

    Type in browser: http://drupal.mobilefish.com

    Drupal setup.

  14. Create an account and login. The first account will automatically become the main administrator account with total control.

    Drupal register.

  15. When an account is created you will see the following:

    Drupal register finished.

  16. Login and change your user account.