close Warning: Can't synchronize with repository "(default)" (/usr/svn/silverfile does not appear to be a Subversion repository.). Look in the Trac log for more information.

Version 14 (modified by hank, 13 years ago) (diff)


SilverFile General Server Setup

Installation of Ubuntu 9.04 Server 32bit

We are selecting this version for the following reasons:

  • GRUB installation doesn't work in older releases.
  • 64 bit version does not seem to support the VIA padlock engine

Partitioning (During Install)

We feel that 20GB and 6GB of swap is more than sufficient, leaving ample room for client files.

  • / 20GB Primary Ext3 Bootable = Yes (leave all other defaults)
  • swap 6GB swap
  • /FILES/ Primary Ext3 Bootable = No (leave all other defaults)

Install SSH Deamon

> sudo apt-get install ssh

Change SSH Port

edit /etc/ssh/sshd_config Change port line to 2222 (or whatever port) restart sshd to check

/etc/init.d/ssh restart

VIA Padlock and OpenSSL

Openssl Installation

> sudo apt-get install openssl

Padlock Verification

Next, verify engine:

> openssl engine
(padlock) VIA PadLock (no-RNG, ACE)
(dynamic) Dynamic engine loading support

The response string should include '(padlock) VIA PadLock (no-RNG, ACE)'.

Make default engine Padlock

> vim /etc/ssl/openssl.cnf

Add the following under oid_section = new_oids

oid_section             = new_oids

# Enable Via Padlock by default
openssl_conf = openssl_def

engines = openssl_engines

padlock = padlock_engine

default_algorithms = ALL

Install Duplicity / S3tools

Duplicity is our preferred backup method. Install s3tools for

> sudo apt-get install duplicity python-boto s3cmd

Install Mercurial

Mercurial is installed for syncing latest app source.

> sudo apt-get install mercurial 

Install Django

The platform for our app.

> sudo apt-get install python-django

Install Apache for Django

Great Ubuntu Apache/SSL How-To

> sudo apt-get install apache2 libapache2-mod-python
> sudo ln -s /usr/sbin/apache2ctl apachectl (old habits die hard)

Download SF App from repository

First get private key for accessing mercurial repository, mercurial_key_rsa

> mv mercurial_key_rsa .ssh/id_rsa
> hg clone ssh://

Next copy sf-app to wwwapps directory:

sudo mkdir -p /usr/wwwapps/
sudo cp -r /home/user/sf-app /usr/wwwapps/silverfile

Configure SSL

> sudo a2enmod ssl

copy cert file ( to /etc/ssl/certs copy key file ( to /etc/ssl/private

Configure Apache for SilverFile App

Django app is turned "on" by default. Two locations (webspaces) are turned off, and are served directly. These are:

  • site_media (css, js, images, etc...)
  • site_files (these are all the client files)

See sf-apps/files/examples

sudo ln -s /usr/wwwapps/silverfile/examples/production/apache/files.conf /etc/apache2/sites-available/silverfile

<VirtualHost *:80>
        SetHandler python-program
        PythonHandler django.core.handlers.modpython
        SetEnv DJANGO_SETTINGS_MODULE files.settings
        PythonOption django.root /files
        PythonDebug On
        PythonPath "['/usr/wwwapps/sf-app'] + sys.path"

        # Site media files - css, js, img
        Alias /site_media /usr/wwwapps/sf-app/files/media
        <Location /site_media/>
                SetHandler None

        # Client Files
        Alias /site_files /FILES
        <Location /site_files/>
                SetHandler None


Permissions on /FILES/

AS root:

addgroup fileusers
adduser hank fileusers
adduser ryan fileusers
adduser www-data fileusers

adduser matt
adduser matt fileusers

chown -R root /FILES
chgrp -R fileusers /FILES
chown -R 660 /FILES

find /FILES -type d -exec chmod 770 {} \;
find /FILES -type d -exec chmod 550 {} \;


sudo apt-get install sun-java6-bin

Setting up a Software RAID 1 - (DEPRECATED)

We are using the hardware raid cards now, so this is deprecated.

Per recommendations from our friends at MonkeyBrains, we'll set up a software RAID 1 and monitor it with mdadm. The plan is to sync up RAID health with SNMP monitoring.

This is a very good tutorial on setting up a software RAID 1 please follow it for the step by step RAID install.

The idea is to create 3 partitions:

  • / (root) where all the OS etc files go
  • /FILES where all the documents go
  • Swap The necessary swap partition

On a 500 GB drive I propose doing this :

  • /FILES = 430 GB
  • Swap = 4 GB (swap is conventionally 2X RAM, a swap this size may not be necessary with 2 GB of RAM and for use as a file server
  • / = <leftover space>

In order to create the software RAID, you first create regular primary partitions on the first disk (SDA) as in the following:

select: Partition Disk Manually
select: Device SDA1
Create new empty partition table on this device: yes
Select Free Space (pri/log): <per size of the disk>
select: Create new primary partition
Mount point: /
Bootable Flag: on
Use as: Select Physical Volume For RAID
select: Done Setting up partition

And then you create an MD device from each partition.

Again, see the RAID tutorial as it explains exactly how to do this step by step.

Check Software RAID Status

mdadm --detail /dev/md0