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Thread: Basic Basics -- Installing Amanda Community 3.3.0 Server

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    Default Basic Basics -- Installing Amanda Community 3.3.0 Server

    Noob warning.

    I have my Ubuntu Server 11.1 up and running. I've downloaded (from here: [url]http://sourceforge.net/projects/amanda/files/amanda%20-%20stable/3.3.0/amanda-3.3.0.tar.gz/download[/url]) the 3.3.0.tar.gz to my server and extracted the files to /home/username/Downloads/amanda-3.3.0

    I've been reading various articles in the wiki (like this: [url]http://wiki.zmanda.com/index.php/Installation[/url]) and getting nowhere fast.

    I have SSH and Desktop access to my server, no problems there. I have NO IDEA how to install Amanda.

    Wiki says to run this from the command line: /bin/rpm -ivh <rpm name(s)>

    That line makes no sense to my server.

    What's an rpm? Can I do all of this from the Desktop instead of command line?

    I really need a hand here.

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    Default Installing on Ubuntu

    RPM's are not used on Ubuntu distros. Also you did not download an rpm, you downloaded a source file.

    In the linux world you can get software as a source which means you have to build it your self, not hard but time consuming and finicky. It is much better to download binaries for your specific distribution. In your case Ubuntu 11.1. These files are called packages in Linux speak. You need to use a package manager to open them. In Redhat based distros RPM is the package manager. In Debian based distros (Such as Ubuntu) you can use DEB or APT. The Amanda download site has deb packages so that is what you nee to use.

    Here is the link to the [URL="http://www.zmanda.com/download-amanda.php"]downloads[/URL] Now to install the package. This depends on how you manage your server. If you are a true geek you use the command line. I do that for some management but I like webmin (not officially supported on Ubuntu). If you have a GUI on the server there should be some way to install the packages.

    The documentation for Amanda is horrible, incomplete, out of date and confusing. I have gone in circles trying to find answers and never did find what I was looking for. I posted a a question about installing the client and have yet to get a reply. I would think for such an important application there would be much better documentation.

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    Here's the thing. I've tried the packages on the website and I've tried from source. The packages on the website end up spitting out some stupid ass perl error because it's built against an older version of perl than what 11.10 has. The only option is to then build and compile from source so it recognizes the newer version of perl. I just tried to do this and it's an even bigger pain in the ass because it then installs shit in strange ass places.

    Does anyone have any assistance in the Ubuntu world for this? I tried following [URL="http://forums.zmanda.com/showthread.php?t=3173"]this[/URL], but that gave me the aforementioned perl error.

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    Default Good Luck!

    I am using 10.04 server and there are enough issues with that. I am working on creating documentation for my set up, but I'm afraid that won't help you.

    Mark

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    Default Modified Prl Source?

    Quote Originally Posted by jbwaclawski View Post
    The packages on the website end up spitting out some stupid ass perl error because it's built against an older version of perl than what 11.10 has. The only option is to then build and compile from source so it recognizes the newer version of perl.
    Perl code does not need to be recompiled, just changed. Have a look at my thread "amrecover issues: partial solution". It may be that all you have to do is to add some brackets. Good luck.

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    Default My 2 cents

    Hi guys, I thought I would share with you what I did to install a working version of Amanda on Ubuntu 11.10. So far I've managed to make it work in both i386 and x64.

    Amanda Backup Server installation for Ubuntu Server 11.10:

    First of all we are going to update and upgrade apt-get list:
    $sudo apt-get update
    $sudo apt-get upgrade


    Ive installed for different needs the LAMP package from ubuntu repository (So this covers some of the package prerequisites).

    If you want to install the lamp option from the command line, type:

    $sudo apt-get install lamp-server^

    Do not forget the ^ symbol or it wont work. Also install the following packages that are needed for Amanda to run (maybe not all of them, but that is how its worked for me):

    $sudo apt-get install dump libgtk2.0-dev libgtk2.0-common libgtk2.0-doc libglib2.0-data xinetd gawk gnuplot readline-common openssh-server ca-certificates libcurl3 bsd-mailx samba smbldap-tools ldb-tools libxml-parser-perl libauthen-sasl-perl libxml-sax-perl libgssapi-perl safe-rm pkg-config flex bison nautilus autoconf automake


    Download from [URL="http://www.zmanda.com/download-amanda.php"]http://www.zmanda.com/download-amanda.php[/URL] the server version for your platform (there is no specific version for Ubuntu 11.10, so just get the one for 11.04): ex: amanda-backup-server_3.3.0-1Ubuntu1104_i386.deb

    $cd /tmp

    $wget [url]http://www.zmanda.com/downloads/community/Amanda/3.3.0/Ubuntu-11.04/amanda-backup-server_3.3.0-1Ubuntu1104_i386.deb[/url]


    (this is the package for i386 or 32bits version, if you want the version for 64bits version, search for the link on the download page referenced above).

    $sudo dpkg i amanda-backup-server_3.3.0-1Ubuntu1104_i386.deb


    This will create the necesary folders and configuration files. The user that it creates is and uses is amandabackup

    Then to configure it, follow the instructions from the Amanda_Community_Setup_15_minutes.pdf that you can find at: [URL="http://network.zmanda.com/pdf/Amanda_Community_Setup_15_minutes.pdf"]http://network.zmanda.com/pdf/Amanda_Community_Setup_15_minutes.pdf[/URL]

    Any other wiki installation guides will tell you to build the virtual tapes by hand or are references to Amanda 2.x

    Remember that there is an amanda-package on the ubunutu repository, but it's not 3.3.0 and the user that it configures is "backup".

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    Quote Originally Posted by data101 View Post
    Hi guys, I thought I would share with you what I did to install a working version of Amanda on Ubuntu 11.10. So far I've managed to make it work in both i386 and x64.
    Thanks data101! Your notes will be very helpful to other Amanda users.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zbackup View Post
    Thanks data101! Your notes will be very helpful to other Amanda users.
    I have been trying to install Zmanda on a Ubuntu 12.04 server for a few days now, this did the trick, thank you very much! Specifically the updated instructions in the PDF vs the WIKI made the difference.

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