Redmine is a flexible project management web application. Written using the Ruby on Rails framework, it is cross-platform and cross-database.

OS: Alami 2012.03

Install Procedure

  • Install packages
    yum install ruby-devel gcc-c++ openssl-devel httpd httpd-devel mysql-server  mysql-devel make ruby-rdoc libcurl-devel rubygem-rake
  • Rubygems. Version 1.6.2 is the current sweet spot. Using the latest version will result to “depreciated errors in apache error logs”. Using an older version will prevent you from installing bundle
    cd /tmp/
    tar xvfz rubygems-1.6.2.tgz
    cd rubygems-1.6.2
    ruby setup.rb
  • Passenger
    gem install passenger
  • Load the passenger apache module. Add the following config in /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf
    LoadModule passenger_module /usr/lib/ruby/gems/1.8/gems/passenger-3.0.11/ext/apache2/
    PassengerRoot /usr/lib/ruby/gems/1.8/gems/passenger-3.0.11
    PassengerRuby /usr/bin/ruby
  • Setup apache vhost
    cat <<'EOF' > /etc/httpd/conf.d/redmine.conf
    <VirtualHost *:80>
     ServerName redmine.local
     DocumentRoot /var/www/redmine/public/
     <Directory "/var/www/redmine/public/">
      Options Indexes ExecCGI FollowSymLinks
      AllowOverride all
      Order allow,deny
      Allow from all
    Note that redmine.local is a local domain and is a manual entry in my workstation's /etc/hosts file. This is done for testing purposes only. For production systems, this may very well be a subdomain under you company's domain name e.g.
  • Download and extract redmine
    cd /tmp
    tar xvfz redmine-1.3.2.tar.gz
    mkdir /var/www/redmine
    cp -a redmine-1.3.2/* /var/www/redmine
    chown -R apache.apache /var/www/redmine && chmod -R 755 /var/www/redmine
    touch /var/www/redmine/log/production.log
    chown root.apache /var/www/redmine/log/production.log
    chmod 664 /var/www/redmine/log/production.log
  • Prep Gemfile dependency
    cat <<EOF> /var/www/redmine/Gemfile
    source "" 
    gem "rake", "0.8.3" 
    gem "rack", "1.1.0" 
    gem "i18n", "0.4.2" 
    gem "rubytree", "0.5.2", :require => "tree" 
    gem "RedCloth", "~>4.2.3", :require => "redcloth" # for CodeRay
    gem "mysql" 
    gem "coderay", "~>0.9.7" 
  • Bundle
    gem install bundler
    cd /var/www/redmine/
    bundle install
  • Move CGI files
    cd /var/www/redmine/public/
    mv dispatch.cgi.example dispatch.cgi
    mv dispatch.fcgi.example dispatch.fcgi
    mv dispatch.rb.example dispatch.rb
    mv htaccess.fcgi.example .htaccess
  • Set rails to production environment in /var/www/redmine/config/environment.rb
    ENV['RAILS_ENV'] ||= 'production'
  • Setup MySQL DB
    service mysqld start
    chkconfig mysqld on
    mysql -uroot -p -e 'create database redmine character set utf8; grant all on redmine.* to redmine@localhost identified by "my_passwd";flush privileges';
  • Setup redmine database connection
    mv /var/www/redmine/config/database.yml.example /var/www/redmine/config/database.yml
    vi /var/www/redmine/config/database.yml
    # In the production section, update username, password and other parameters accordingly like so:
      adapter: mysql
      database: redmine
      host: localhost
      username: redmine
      password: my_passwd
      encoding: utf8
  • Create session store
    cd /var/www/redmine
    RAILS_ENV=production bundle exec rake generate_session_store
  • Migrate database models
    RAILS_ENV=production bundle exec rake db:migrate
  • Load MySQL database schema and default data
    RAILS_ENV=production bundle exec rake redmine:load_default_data
  • and finally, start Apache
    service httpd start
    chkconfig httpd on 
  • you may now open and point your browser to http://redmine.local and login as admin/admin