System setup

Some system packages are needed for a basic installation of Quaive.


Plone Intranet can run on very different environments. The following instructions may not fit your system or your usual setup. If you need help write to the developer mailing list or on the #ploneintranet IRC channel.

We maintain an exact description of these requirements in the form of a Ubuntu 14.04 based Dockerfile, which you can use either to (a) build a Docker container, or (b) as a guide set up your system manually

You are welcome to adapt them to your system and contribute your experience back to our open source repository

(a) Docker-based OS setup

This requires docker to be available, see the Docker installation docs.

Build a Docker container with the supplied Plone Intranet environment:

docker build -t gaia .

Now startup and enter the docker container:

docker run -i -t \
        --net=host \
        -e LC_ALL=en_US.UTF-8 \
        -e LANG=en_US.UTF-8 \
        -v $(PWD):/app -w /app -u app $(PROJECT)

The supplied Makefile provides a more advanced docker-run target that mounts various extra directories and files into the container, so you can re-use a global eggs cache in /var/tmp/ etc. YMMV.

(b) Manual OS preparation

You can skip this section if you use the provided Dockerfile.

If you want to prepare your system environment manually, please use the Dockerfile as a reference. That is, even if you don’t use docker, see the documented apt-get install command there for the list of packages you need to install in the operating system, before running buildout. YMMV.

Make sure you have the OS-level packages you need to build Plone, this can be achieved using install.plone.dependencies.

In addition, for the Plone Intranet file preview functionality, you need docsplit.

You will need some other tools installed for docsplit. See the docsplit installation instructions. Note that Libre Office is mentioned as optional there, but in Plone Intranet we require it.

Solr is a required component. This will be built using buildout, but requires Java to be available. On Ubuntu this normally comes pre-installed with the base OS.

Redis is a required component. This is not built with buildout, but expected to be available as a system service. To install it on Ubuntu:

sudo apt-get install redis-server

The default buildout is ldap-prepared. To make installing python-ldap possible, on Ubuntu you need:

sudo apt-get install libldap2-dev libsasl2-dev

Ldap support is prepared, but disabled by default. Please read the documentation section Optional: LDAP for instructions on installing and configuring LDAP.

On Ubuntu 16.04.2 LTS you can get the basic packages installed by running the following commands as root:

apt-get update && apt-get install -y \
    cron \
    curl \
    file \
    firefox \
    gcc \
    gettext \
    ghostscript \
    git-core \
    graphicsmagick \
    jed \
    libenchant-dev \
    libffi-dev \
    libfreetype6-dev \
    libjpeg-dev \
    libldap2-dev \
    libreoffice \
    libsasl2-dev \
    libsqlite3-dev \
    libxslt1-dev \
    make \
    pdftk \
    poppler-data \
    poppler-utils \
    python-dev \
    python-gdbm \
    python-lxml \
    python-pip \
    python-tk \
    python-virtualenv \
    redis-server \
    ruby2.3 \
    ruby2.3-dev \
    wget \
    wv \
    xvfb \

 gem install docsplit

 locale-gen en_US.UTF-8 nl_NL@euro