This guide will help create a new RT (Request Tracker) server using MySQL, Apache, and mod_perl with a location of http://localhost/rt. RT also supports other database types, web servers (even as a daemon on it's own), Perl engines, and configurations that are not explained here (please consult the appropriate RT documentation). This guide also assumes that we are starting from a base installation, so you may need to adapt its content to fit your needs.
Install the packages
Build and install the RT package from the AUR here. Be prepared to install a truckload of Perl dependencies: you'll need about 70 from the AUR and approximately 90 from the mirrors! An AUR wrapper will definitely help you out here. You will also want to install Apache (also referred to as httpd) if it isn't on your server already.
Add this line to your LoadModule section in /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf:
LoadModule perl_module modules/mod_perl.so
Then, add this to the bottom of httpd.conf:
AddDefaultCharset UTF-8 DocumentRoot "/opt/rt4/share/html" <Location "/rt"> Order allow,deny Allow from all SetHandler modperl PerlResponseHandler Plack::Handler::Apache2 PerlSetVar psgi_app /opt/rt4/sbin/rt-server </Location> <Directory "/opt/rt4/share/html"> Order allow,deny Allow from all </Directory> <Perl> use Plack::Handler::Apache2; Plack::Handler::Apache2->preload("/opt/rt4/sbin/rt-server"); </Perl>
Create a MySQL database
A MySQL server needs to be installed and running. Create a database for RT by running the following as root (as it writes to /opt/rt4/etc/schema.mysql):
# /opt/rt4/sbin/rt-setup-database --action init
Edit /opt/rt4/etc/RT_SiteConfig.pm (not RT_Config.pm) to make system-level changes to RT. RT_Config.pm is the "default" config file that can be used as a reference for what variables are legal in RT_SiteConfig.pm. It follows a perl syntax like so:
At the very least, make two important changes. WebPath depicts where on the DocumentRoot RT is served (in our case, http://ip_address/rt) and is necessary for the CSS and images to load properly. DatabasePassword is the MySQL database password RT will use when connecting with the internal user (defaults to rt_user). Append this to RT_SiteConfig.pm:
Set($WebPath, '/rt'); Set($DatabasePassword, 'your_password');
USE mysql; UPDATE user SET password=PASSWORD('your_password') WHERE user='rt_user'; FLUSH PRIVILEGES;
After completing the sections above, (re)start httpd and try connecting to http://localhost/rt! The default admin credentials are root:password.
Depending on your setup, RT may suggest altering your RT_SiteConfig.pm file to better suit your configuration by writing lines to /var/log/httpd/error_log. Please be advised that an ideal configuration will write no errors to error_log when loading pages in RT.
Now that you've got RT up and running on your webserver, use it! See Best Practical's online documentation for configuring RT.