LAMS installation and configuration

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1 Definition

This page contains installation tips for a fresh install of LAMS. Mostly LAMS 2.2 for Solaris 10.

LAMS is a JAVA/JBOSS-based application and needs some installation skills on Windows and good installation skills for Unix.

Note: I put the legacy stuff in the discussion page, e.g. LAMS 2.1RC for Solaris

2 LAMS 2.5

Will be out sometimes in 2016. This new version will have HTML (as opposed to Flash) interfaces as well as new features of course.

3 LAMS 2.4 on Debian/Ubuntu

Use the official installer. It's very easy.

add-apt-repository "deb http://downloads.lamsinternational.com/debian web/"
apt-get update
apt-get install lams2 --force-yes --assume-yes
Start up/stop script
/etc/init.d/lams2 start
/etc/init.d/lams2 stop
Files
  • JBoss is located in /usr/share/jboss-5.1
    • /usr/share/jboss-5.1/server/default/deploy/lams.ear/
  • Log files: /var/log/jboss/
  • Main log file: /var/log/jboss/lams.log
  • LAMS home (data files): /usr/share/lams2
    • However, data files for stuff uploaded with the fckeditor are (unfortunately) in /usr/share/jboss-5.1/server/default/deploy/lams.ear/lams-www.war/secure


Patches
  • You also should add the official patches (see below)

4 LAMS 2.3 on Debian/Ubuntu

I tested this with Ubuntu 10.04 LTS - the Lucid Lynx (i.e. on my personal desktop machine)

Become root or prefix each command with "sudo"

Install Java if not already done so
add-apt-repository "deb http://archive.canonical.com/ lucid partner"
apt-get update
apt-get install sun-java6-jdk

Notes:

  • You may have to install add-apt-repository first
apt-get install python-software-properties
  • The java JDK installer will ask two questions (OK and accept license). Use the TAB key to navigation between response items and then hit ENTER.
  • (Short) testing if Java is ok, type:
java -version
You should see something like:
java version "1.6.0_26"
ava(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.6.0_26-b03)
Install LAMS + JBoss
add-apt-repository "deb http://downloads.lamsinternational.com/debian web/"
apt-get update
apt-get install lams2 --force-yes --assume-yes

During the installation process, you may be asked a few questions, ie:

  • password for MySQL server,
  • LAMS admin name (default = sysadmin) plus password for the LAMS server
  • the Java/LAMS server port (default is 8080).

The installer will start up LAMS. Check for the following line at the end of the log file after a few minutes:

tail /usr/share/jboss-4.0.2/server/default/log/server.log
2011-08-29 14:06:45,522 INFO  [org.jboss.system.server.Server] JBoss (MX MicroKernel)
[4.0.2 (build: CVSTag=JBoss_4_0_2 date=200505022023)] Started in 1m:27s:654ms


Start up/stop script
/etc/init.d/lams2 start
/etc/init.d/lams2 stop
Files
  • JBoss is located in /usr/share/jboss-4.0.2
    • /usr/share/jboss-4.0.2/server/default/deploy/lams.ear/
  • Log files: /var/log/jboss/
  • Main log file: /var/log/jboss/lams.log
  • LAMS home: /usr/share/lams2

5 LAMS extensions on Debian/Ubuntu

I tested this with Ubuntu 10.04 LTS - the Lucid Lynx

5.1 Big blue button

The documentation below is outdated. As of May 2015, BigBlueButton is much easier to install under Ubuntu (and maybe other systems too)


outdated ------

The software and its dependencies is rather large. The BigBlueButton is comprised of many open source components, e.g. a Nginx webserver, a Tomcat servlet container, red5. The only easy way to run this, is using a separate machine (or a virtual machine). If you want this next to an Apache Web server, you will have to manually edit configuration files.

See:

Become root or add "sudo" in front of each

(1) Make sure that you have multiverse

more /etc/apt/sources.list | grep multiverse

Else, else add it, e.g. I use the Swiss server, replace by your own

add-apt-repository "deb http://ch.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ lucid multiverse" 

(2) Add the BigBluebutton archive

add-apt-repository "deb http://ubuntu.bigbluebutton.org/lucid/ bigbluebutton-lucid main"

(3) Install a Voice Conference Server, FreeSWITCH is recommended

Maybe needed:

sudo apt-get install python-software-properties 

Needed (I ignored security warnings)

add-apt-repository ppa:freeswitch-drivers/freeswitch-nightly-drivers
apt-get update
apt-get install bbb-freeswitch-config

(4) Install BigBlueButton

apt-get install bigbluebutton
  • Use TAB for navigation in the dialogs
  • The installation also might install a mysql server if you don't have own, else it will ask for the root password.

(5) Run it

  • For testing purposes, you will have to shut down your normal web server.
bbb-conf --clean

You should see:

bbb-conf --clean
Doing a clean restart of BigBlueButton ...
 * Stopping Red5 Server red5  [ OK ] 
 * Stopping Tomcat servlet engine tomcat6   [ OK ] 
Stopping nginx: nginx.
 * Stopping Apache ActiveMQ service activemq  [ OK ] 
Stopping OpenOffice headless server.

Cleaning Log Files ...
 * Apache ActiveMQ service is not running.
 * could not access PID file for nginx
 * Red5 Server is not running.
 * Tomcat servlet engine is not running.

Starting FreeSWITCH
2948 Backgrounding.
 * Starting Apache ActiveMQ service activemq  [ OK ] 
Waiting for ActiveMQ to start: 
Waiting for FreeSWITCH to start: ....................
Starting OpenOffice headless server
Starting nginx: the configuration file /etc/nginx/nginx.conf syntax is ok
configuration file /etc/nginx/nginx.conf test is successful
nginx.
 * Starting Red5 Server red5   [ OK ]
 * Starting Tomcat servlet engine tomcat6  [OK]

Waiting for BigBlueButton to finish starting up (this may take a minute):  done

** Potential problems described below **

Then type:

bbb-conf --check

(6) Configure

Setting another port requires two operations:

(6a) Change BigBlueButton port

bbb-conf --setip YOUR_IP_OR_DOMAIN_NAME:81

(6b) Change the Nginx webserver port too (or nothing will work)

  • Verify/edit both /etc/nginx/sites-available/default and/etc/nginx/sites-available/bigbluebutton
/etc/init.d/nginx restart

(7) Stop / start

bbb-conf --stop
bbb-conf --start

Will clean, then restart. However, I did not check yet if all servers are always stopped and configurations redone, etc.

bbb-conf --clean

(8) LAMS Integration (not yet tested !)

For LAMS, you may have to know the salt (some key used for security)

bbb-conf --salt

5.2 Red5

Currently (March 2012, Ubuntu Lucid), it will not install, since Java 1.6 was removed from the distribution. However, BigBlueButton includes a red5 server (see above)

6 Small LAMS patches

Before patches are integrated into a new release, you could retrieve them from http://wiki.lamsfoundation.org/display/lams/Patches and then apply them manually as explained in the same page.

For example, to patch LAMS 2.4 under Unix

cd /tmp
mkdir lams
cd lams
wget http://downloads.lamsinternational.com/2.4/stable/patches/LDEV-2993_lams-tool-laasse10.war.zip
wget http://downloads.lamsinternational.com/2.4/stable/patches/LDEV-3019_lams-tool-lawiki10.war.zip
wget http://downloads.lamsinternational.com/2.4/stable/patches/LDEV-2867_lams-central.war.zip
wget http://downloads.lamsinternational.com/2.4/stable/patches/LDEV-3008_IE10-fix.zip
wget http://downloads.lamsinternational.com/2.4/stable/patches/LDEV-3401_lams-tool-laasse10.war.zip

/etc/init.d/lams2 stop

unzip LDEV-2867_lams-central.war.zip -d /usr/share/jboss-5.1/server/default/deploy/lams.ear/
unzip LDEV-2993_lams-tool-laasse10.war.zip -d /usr/share/jboss-5.1/server/default/deploy/lams.ear/
unzip LDEV-3008_IE10-fix.zip -d /usr/share/jboss-5.1/server/default/deploy/lams.ear/
unzip LDEV-3019_lams-tool-lawiki10.war.zip -d /usr/share/jboss-5.1/server/default/deploy/lams.ear/
unzip LDEV-3401_lams-tool-laasse10.war.zip -d /usr/share/jboss-5.1/server/default/deploy/lams.ear/

rm -r  /usr/share/jboss-5.1/server/default/tmp
rm -r  /usr/share/jboss-5.1/server/default/work

/etc/init.d/lams2 start

7 Migrating LAMS to another machine / OS

LAMS uses two places for keepting data:

  • The MySQL database
  • A repository directory outside of a web tree. E.g. on Solaris it was in:
/usr/local/lams/lams

Finally, there is configuration file that will tell you where things are and what user/password combinations you used for admin and the database. E.g. on Solaris it was in

/etc/lams2/lams.properties

The procedure:

(1) Lams repository directory

Copy all the files. E.g. to migrate from Solaris to Linux, I

  • created a tar ball on the solaris side
cd /usr/local/lams/lams
gtar zcf lams-dir.tgz dump repository temp
  • unpacked on the Linux side
cd /usr/share/lams
sftp ...
tar zxf lams-dir.tgz
  • make sure that the directories are writable by the UID that runs LAMS, e.g. you may have to
chown -R lams:lams *

scp would be easier but more complicated to learn and if I remember well there can be some problems with links.

(2) Database

  • Find it on the source machine (in all likelyhood you called it 'lams')
mysqlshow -p
  • Dump it
mysqldump lams -p > lams.sql
gzip lams.sql 
  • Move it to the target machine (linux in our case) and find the name of the lams db
mysqlshow -p
gunzip lams.sql.gz
mysql -p lams < lams.sql

(3) IMPORTANT: fix the config section in the LAMS server administration

You must get this right or you are half dead !

  • Now it's probably a good idea to restart the server

(4) Test

  • See if the old stuff is there, in particular try to open a sequence from the db, monitor an old class, etc.

... the above worked with me :)

(5) Fix the Moodle Interface

  • Read the section on LAMS-Moodle integration below

8 LAMS on Solaris

.... more difficult :)

8.1 LAMS 2.2 on Solaris

Lams 2.0 was released on December 6 2006. Since then, there were very several "minor" upgrades and some of them include substantial changes. On March 2009, the current release is 2.2 and compared to 2.1. there are a whole lot of new features.

These installation notes refer mostly to the 2.2 install. Official LAMS instructions are a bit Linux centric and this is main reason why you might have a look at this. My notes also should work with older Solaris versions (just make sure to upgrade Java if needed and in this case to set the Java path) and other Unix systems.

First, read the instructions in:

Upgrading from previous versions: I always start from scratch. Since we only have our students create LAMS scenarios as exercises I had them save the zip file in their work portfolio and they could import it again (I hope). Anyhow: you might want to export all scenarios from your LAMS server as LAMS zip files (not LD) before you do a new install.

Disclaimer: I am not a good sysadmin nor is it my idea of fun. This is not a manual, but just my private installation notes I am willing to share. - Daniel K. Schneider 14:02, 4 March 2009 (UTC)

I got this machine and OS:

SunOS tecfax.unige.ch 5.10 Generic_118833-17 sun4u sparc SUNW,Sun-Fire-V240

So, open a terminal under root ....

8.1.1 Download and checksum

Check the download page at LAMS. Make sure to get the right version ! Also you may have to get a patch that you will have to apply after the main install (e.g. that was the case for LAMS 2.1.1. which you had to apply on top of 2.1)

I took the lams-unix-installer-2.2.tar.gz. This would be the wrong version if you have Ubuntu. I run Ubuntu as my desktop machine and indeed life is easier on Ubuntu ....

Then you may checksum the downloaded archive. In some very rare cases there exist transmission errors or someone managed to upload a bad archive to the download server. So type:

md5sum lams-unix-installer-2.2.tar.gz 

And then compare the number that will show like this with the one on the download page:

2f29d60147bf1328d3a044a66ea8b083  lams-unix-installer-2.2.tar.gz

8.1.2 Prerequisite 0: Infrastructure

  • Make sure your organization doesn't stifle your creativity with Firewalls. If they do, expect a lot of extra work.
  • Also the 8080 port should be free. Some software like Skype just randomly take up ports. If you run an other server, read Changing Server Ports for LAMS
  • Hardware and OS: Any Windows, Linux, MacOS X, Solaris etc. machine will do since LAMS is programmed in JAVA. You just need some disk space, substantial memory and a not too old JAVA. Also, you may have to adapt some scripts to your special Unix brand.

8.1.3 Prerequisite 1: Java software

Java + ant

Solaris 10 ought to have the right Java + Ant installed. Ant is an installation program like make. Note: You need the JDK/JSE or whatever Sun decided to rename it (i.e. the compiler, not just the runtime)

Check if Java can be found, i.e. type:

java -version

... you should have java 1.5.x or better. If you don't, check the system for another java or install a new one. If you do so, make sure to specify the right path according to instructions from the LAMS install page.

I have Java(TM) 2 Runtime Environment, Standard Edition (build 1.5.0_06-b05), i.e. the default thing installed in this machine. It's easy to have another Java version, but I suggest from past experience to install it somewhere else, e.g. in /usr/local.

So just for the fun of it you can get another from SUN. No links, since Sun not only changes naming of Java edition but also their web sites at regular intervals. You just have to understand that JDK "6" == JDK "1.6" and that "SDK == JDK". Do not install anything that is called "JRE". Then, you can either take the small SE version or larger EE version. Both work with JBoss. It takes some time to find the right thing. Also you won't find installation instructions on the final download screen (you have to backtrack). Branding managers and website designers at Sun should reassigned to other tasks like designing the cafeteria at the head quarters. Do not go to http://java.com but try http://java.sun.com/

In case you download something like the jdk-6u11-solaris-sparc.sh version you have to know that it will just unpack the whole thing as a subdirectory.

cd /usr/local
mv /path_where_you_put_it/jdk-6u11-solaris-sparc.sh .
chmod a+x jdk-6u11-solaris-sparc.sh
./jdk-6u11-solaris-sparc.sh
ln -s jdk1.6.0_011 jdk6
rm jdk-6u11-solaris-sparc.sh

Now you have a Java6 in the symbolic link /usr/local/jdk6. See if it works:

./jdk6/bin/java -version

Should show:

java version "1.6.0_11"
Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.6.0_11-b03)
Java HotSpot(TM) Server VM (build 11.0-b16, mixed mode)

Let's try installing it with this one.

8.1.4 Prerequisite 2: Wildfire

This is a XMPP (Jabber) chat server, that actually is called Openfire now. See:

You don't really need open/wildfire (but then your students can't chat). You also may try to use an existing server that works with LAMS. I guess that there ought to be free servers you can use.

  • LAMS folks say to install an old 2.6.2. version. Links are available from the LAMS page, you won't find it at Ignite realtime. Note: I have to see whether this is still true, but for the moment I just complied.
  • Since this server is written in Java you can take the Mac OSX and others version (i.e. a tar ball). I ran it with java 5 (Solaris 10 default java engine).

Installation steps:

1) Uncompress in /usr/local/wildfire or some other place

gtar zxf wildfire_2_6_2.tar.gz

2) Start the server with ./bin/wildfire start. You should see:

testing JVM in /usr ...
Starting wildfire
  • This is a typical startup script. You later can copy this script to /etc/init.d/ etc.

3) Configure this server through the web interface. If you are lucky you will have a web browser on your server and an X11 connection.

http://localhost:9090/ 

Else use an URL like: http://yourhost.org:9090/ Anyhow, do the config as fast as possible since you have to set passwords and stuff.

  • Use "embedded database" if you want to make the install shorter, else you can set it up with mysql

The configuration process will ask you to fill in a few forms. Just make sure that you use the right server names. You then can log as administrator and you will have access to an administration console.

  • Tick "Don't Show History" (Group Chat -> History Settings), but you can do this later

4) Test it. You may want to install a jabber client, e.g. gajim (Ubuntu users can read an article on Jabber

5) Security: You may restrict login to given set of IP addresses or even disable account creation. Chat servers may be taken over by not so friendly people.

  • Edit Server -> Server Settings-> Registration and Login

Installing wildfire should be easy, it was for me. It's a fairly popular product...

Note on server parameters: They must match !

Wildfire:

Server domain (e.g. test.example.com)

LAMS:

Xmpp server domain (e.g. test.example.com)
Xmpp conference (e.g. conference.test.example.com)

8.1.5 Prerequisite 3: Configure MySQL for LAMS

Here are the steps:

1) Make sure to have a MySQL 5.x server. Else install it (and come back)

2) Configure it according to the LAMS instructions, i.e. make changes to file my.cnf:

  • This cnf file may not exist (it wasn't in our binary distribution). Also, it can be in different locations
  • Type mysql --help to get a list of the places the MySQL server will look for this config file
  • So, create my.cnf if you don't have one. Start by copying a *.cfn model from /usr/local/mysql/share/mysql or some other place. I took my-medium.cnf.

Changes to make: file my.cnf should include these lines (no idea what it means and why):

[mysqld]
....
transaction-isolation=READ-COMMITTED 
sql-mode="STRICT_TRANS_TABLES,NO_AUTO_CREATE_USER,NO_ENGINE_SUBSTITUTION" 

Then restart MySQL !

3) Create a LAMS database (optional)

This step is not needed, the installation script will do it

However, there is a mistake in the script. It will grant global privileges to the lams user. Remove them either with these SQL commands or with some MySQL administration tool.

REVOKE ALL PRIVILEGES ON * . * FROM 'lams'@'localhost';
REVOKE GRANT OPTION ON * . * FROM 'lams'@'localhost';

Then add these just for the lams database

GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON `lams` . * TO 'lams'@'localhost' WITH GRANT OPTION ;

8.1.6 Prerequisite 4: JBOSS

JBOSS is a Java application server. LAMS is programmed with this application framework.

  • I simply got the 4.0.2 binary from Jboss.org
  • Unpack into /usr/local (or wherever else you like it)
gtar xzf jboss-4.0.2.tar.gz -C /usr/local 
  • Copy some jar files
cp /usr/local/jboss-4.0.2/server/all/lib/jboss-cache.jar /usr/local/jboss-4.0.2/server/default/lib/
cp /usr/local/jboss-4.0.2/server/all/lib/jgroups.jar /usr/local/jboss-4.0.2/server/default/lib/

8.1.7 Pre-install

1) Unpack the archives some place, e.g. in /src/. Use gtar to unpack !

gtar zxf lams-unix-installer-2.2.tar.gz

So you should have something like:

drwxr-xr-x   3 schneide tecfa           4 Mar  4 10:19 ./
drwxrwxr-x  36 schneide tecfa          48 Mar  4 11:43 ../
drwxr-xr-x  14 schneide tecfa          18 Dec  4 02:19 lams-unix-installer-2.2/
-rw-r--r--   1 schneide tecfa    54485042 Mar  4 10:19 lams-unix-installer-2.2.tar.gz

2) If you use a non-standard JAVA make sure that installer script can find it. Remember this for later also ! If you use csh, type:

setenv PATH (path to java bin directory):$PATH
setenv JAVA_HOME (path to java installation directory)

For example:

setenv PATH /usr/local/jdk6/bin:$PATH
setenv JAVA_HOME /usr/local/jdk6

Or in a bash shell:

JAVA_HOME="(path to java installation directory)"
export JAVA_HOME
PATH="(path to java bin directory):$PATH"
export PATH

Then control:

which java
java -version

3) You should kill older lams data and config directories and/or make a backup, e.g.

mv /usr/local/lams/lams /usr/local/lams/lams.old
mv /etc/lams2 /etc/lams2.old

4) If you already got an old LAMS in JBoss, also get rid of it (not sure if this is really needed)

rm -r /usr/local/jboss-4.0.2/server/default/deploy/lams.ear/

5) If you use a non-standard Java (see above) you also should change the JAVA configuration in JBOSS. Edit file /usr/local/jboss-4.0.2/bin/run.conf and change:

JAVA_HOME=/usr/local/jdk6
JAVA="/usr/local/jdk6/bin/java

You also can add some extra memory for startup, but the LAMS startup script also will do it for you (see below).

# JAVA_OPTS="-server -Xms512m -Xmx512m -XX:MaxPermSize=512m"

The just test it once, execute:

/usr/local/jboss-4.0.2/bin/run.sh &

You should see something like:

JBoss Bootstrap Environment
 JBOSS_HOME: /usr/local/jboss-4.0.2
 JAVA: /usr/local/jdk6/bin/java
 JAVA_OPTS: -server -Xms512m -Xmx512 -Dprogram.name=run.sh
 CLASSPATH: /usr/local/jboss-4.0.2/bin/run.jar:/usr/local/jdk6/lib/tools.jar

Check in a browser if its alive for real:

http://xxxx.yyy.zz:8080/

Then kill it, execute:

/usr/local/jboss-4.0.2/bin/shutdown.sh --shutdown

8.1.8 Edit the installer configuration file

Go to the lams-unix-installer directory, e.g. /src/lams/lams-unix-installer-2.2/

cp lams.properties lams.properties.ORI

I did the following (roughly)

Installation Options on top of the file
LAMS_DIR=/usr/local/lams/lams
LAMS_USER=admin
LAMS_PASS=secretX
DB_NAME=lams
DB_USER=lams
DB_PASS=secretY
Wildfire installation
# If it sits on different machine you got to configure, else you can leave the defaults
# WILDFIRE_DOMAIN=tecfasun1.unige.ch
# WILDFIRE_CONFERENCE=conference.tecfasun1.unige.ch
WILDFIRE_DOMAIN=localhost
WILDFIRE_CONFERENCE=conference.localhost
WILDFIRE_USER=admin
WILDFIRE_PASS=secretZ

Essential settings (Set the server_url with the right port, localhost won't do !)
LAMS_PORT=8080
# In case LAMS is on a different machine: 
SERVER_URL=http://tecfax.unige.ch:8080/lams/
JBOSS_DIR=/usr/local/jboss-4.0.2
JDK_DIR=/usr/local/jdk6
SQL_DIR=/usr/local/mysql/bin
SQL_HOST=localhost
SQL_PORT=3306
SQL_URL=jdbc:mysql://${SQL_HOST}/${DB_NAME}?characterEncoding=utf8&autoReconnect=true
DB_ROOT_PASSWORD=secretmysql

8.1.9 Using the installer

This may not work in old Solaris installations. You may have to install bash or try the simpler shell (sh).

cd /src/lams/lams-unix-installer-2.2
bash install-lams.sh

Then answer the questions. Do not answer "yes" or "no", etc. just "y" etc.

I answered yes to all questions, except the wrapper one since it wont work for Solaris.

Do you wish to install LAMS as a Java Service Wrapper? (y)es, (n)o, (q)uit: n

The install should complete with:

Configuring JBoss with your settings.
Buildfile: ant-scripts/configure-deploy.xml
LAMS 2.2 Configuration completed!
Please view the "readme" file for instructions on how to run LAMS.

Now LAMS is installed within the jboss server. LAMS related files in my system were:

  • Start-up script: /usr/local/jboss-4.0.2/bin/run-lams.sh
  • Repository files: /usr/local/lams/lams
  • Configuration file: /etc/lams2/lams.properties
  • LAMS server: /usr/local/jboss-4.0.2/server/default/deploy/lams.ear/

8.1.10 Run LAMS

Go to the bin directory

cd /usr/local/jboss-4.0.2/bin/

Inside this jboss bin directory type. Basically this just calls the jboss run.sh script you have tested above. It just will add more memory to Java and set the Java path according to instructions you gave in the config file.

./run-lams.sh

Then, wait some time (a few minutes) and check the server log from time to time

tail /usr/local/jboss-4.0.2/server/default/log/server.log

If you see this in the log file:

2009-03-04 13:04:39,052 INFO  [org.apache.jk.server.JkMain] Jk running ID=0 time=0/179  config=null
2009-03-04 13:04:39,098 INFO  [org.jboss.system.server.Server] JBoss (MX MicroKernel) [4.0.2 (build: CVSTag=JBoss_4_0_2 date=200505022023)] Started in 3m:7s:885ms

then you are lucky :)

Check the URL, e.g.

http://tecfax.unige.ch:8080/lams

You will see the LAMS Logo, Latest News & Updates page and a login form and a friendly Australian young lady working on her laptop. If you just get ugly HTML you made a mistake in the lams.properties file (forgot to specify the server name, see trouble shooting) and you will have to run the installation script again (database tables will be droped !).

8.1.11 Trouble shooting

For installation/startup trouble, look at the log files:

Directory:

/usr/local/jboss-4.0.2/server/default/log/

If you forgot the admin login/ password:

  • It's in the configuration file
/etc/lams2/lams.properties

LAMS wont respond after some time

  • Probably you need to increase memory. For 2.1RC0 I needed about 1.5GB. With 2.2 much less :). Edit Java server options in either of these two files:
/usr/local/jboss-4.0.2/bin/run.conf
/usr/local/jboss-4.0.2/bin/run-lams.sh

Some LAMS links will redirect to "localhost" on a server installation

  • Fix the lams.properties file, i.e. insert your server name, e.g.
SERVER_URL=http://tecfax.unige.ch:8080/lams/
  • Then redeploy the whole thing (restart the installation script as above)

8.1.12 Legacy notes for installing the 2.1.1 patch

(ignore for 2.2)

1) Shutdown the jboss server:

/usr/local/jboss-4.0.2/bin/shutdown.sh --shutdown

To see if it's down:

tail /usr/local/jboss-4.0.2/server/default/log/server.log

2) Read the doc and make a fix

cd /src/lams/lams-unix-patch-2.1.1

a) Read the "readme" file

b) Fix the script if you want (not really needed). Replace the line

du -chs $LAMS_DIR $JBOSS_DIR

with

du -hs $LAMS_DIR $JBOSS_DIR

3) Run the installer and answer questions. Since I did a fresh 2.1 install just minutes before I did not test any of the backup features. Didn't test the shutdown either.

bash install-lams-patch.sh 

4) Fix the startup script a bit, i.e. change line 1 with something like line 2

# nohup ./run.sh > /dev/null &
nohup /usr/local/jboss-4.0.2/bin/run.sh > /dev/null &

4) Test the new version

/usr/local/jboss-4.0.2/bin/run-lams.sh

Wait a while and/or play with:

tail /usr/local/jboss-4.0.2/server/default/log/server.log

8.1.13 Configuration of LAMS

Once your server is up and running, go to the Administration "Edit Configuration Settings":

1) Essential:

  • add email (e.g. yours)
  • add the smtp server (but you have to make sure that your institution lets machines post to it. There might be some anti-spam censorship). e.g.
mail.your_org.org

2) Uploaded files

  • I kept the defaults

3) LDAP

  • I am intrigued by this. It should not show since I didn't ask for it....
  • Basically I think that we will use LAMS only from Moodle ... and all our platforms should use LDAP but they don't ;)

4) Look and feel

  • I suggest making screen sizes a bit bigger (unless your students work with ultra-light portable computers)

5) Language

  • You can change the locale, e.g. for french, use:
fr_FR

8.1.14 Tweaking for production

(later)

8.1.15 Discussion / Problems

Compared to older LAMS installations and the 2.1RCx version, the 2.1 install + 2.1.1 patch install went rather flawlessly and the dec 2009 LAMS 2.2 installation was easy. There was nothing I had to fix for Solaris...

  • Only missing thing in the distribution is a /etc/init.d/ startup/shutdown script (later)

8.2 LAMS upgrade from 2.2 to 2.3.3 on Solaris

8.2.1 Preparation

Remark: LAMS knows where it is installed (file: /etc/lams2/lams.properties)

lams-unix-updater-2.3.tar.gz
lams-unix-patch-2.3.1.tar.gz
lams-unix-patch-2.3.2.tar.gz
lams-unix-patch-2.3.3.tar.gz

Unpack these like this in some source director, e.g. /src/lamgs (for each of these four archives)

gtar zxf lams-unix-patch-2.3.1.tar.gz

Make sure that your systems finds the Java that you used in version 2.2. E.g. in C Shell you might type:

setenv PATH /usr/local/jdk6/bin:$PATH
setenv JAVA_HOME /usr/local/jdk6
echo $JAVA_HOME
   /usr/local/jdk6
java -version
   java version "1.6.0_11"

8.2.2 Installation of LAMS 2.3 patch

(1) Go to the source dir

cd lams-unix-updater-2.3

(2) Use bash (and not sh) to launch the install script

bash update-lams.sh

..... answer the questions (in particular shut down LAMS and create a backup), then wait a few minutes

Note: there is a script error about a "du" flag, that you may ignore ...

(3) Run LAMS

pushd /usr/local/jboss-4.0.2/bin/
./run-lams.sh 
  • Wait a few minutes and then see if it runs, e.g. look at the log
tail /usr/local/jboss-4.0.2/server/default/log/server.log
  • check for a string like "JBoss (MX MicroKernel) [4.0.2 (build: CVSTag=JBoss_4_0_2 date=200505022023)] Started in 1m:54s:54ms"
  • Continue with the next patch
popd

8.2.3 Install 2.3.1

(same principle as above)

cd lams-unix-patch-2.3.1
bash install-lams-patch.sh
pushd /usr/local/jboss-4.0.2/bin/
./run-lams.sh 
tail /usr/local/jboss-4.0.2/server/default/log/server.log
popd

8.2.4 Install 2.3.2

(different install)

  • Stop LAMS first
pushd /usr/local/jboss-4.0.2/bin/
shutdown.sh --shutdown
tail /usr/local/jboss-4.0.2/server/default/log/server.log
popd
  • Copy all the files in the distro to JBOSS
cd lams-unix-patch-2.3.2/
cp -r * /usr/local/jboss-4.0.2/server/default/deploy/lams.ear/
  • Restart again
pushd /usr/local/jboss-4.0.2/bin/
./run-lams.sh 

8.2.5 Install 2.3.3

(same principle as above)

  • Stop LAMS first
pushd /usr/local/jboss-4.0.2/bin/
./shutdown.sh --shutdown
tail /usr/local/jboss-4.0.2/server/default/log/server.log
popd
  • Copy files
cp -r lams.ear/* /usr/local/jboss-4.0.2/server/default/deploy/lams.ear/
  • Destroy old working directories
rm -r /usr/local/jboss-4.0.2/server/default/work
rm -r /usr/local/jboss-4.0.2/server/default/tmp
  • Restart again
pushd /usr/local/jboss-4.0.2/bin/
./run-lams.sh 

... Enjoy. It now can speak french too. I caught up with all the missing labels since 2.something and also made an effort to test each tool. Btw. for LAMS 2.4 I'll try to have a quite perfect translation. For now, it's at least usable :)

8.2.6 Installation of add-ons

Mediaplayer

A mediaplayer is now integrated (no need for the flv player)

GMAP

You need to install an API Key to use this

DIMDIM
Video Recorder

8.2.7 Configuration settings

You may read the LAMS Configuration instructions again ...

8.3 Upgrade from 2.3.4 to 2.3.5

Upgrading script needs two fixes (SunOS 5.10), i.e. two options of du and cp don't exist under Solaris.

L237: du -s $LAMS_DIR $JBOSS_DIR L335: cp -pr assembly/lams.ear/* $EAR_DIR > log/update-files.log

Then type:

 bash update-lams.sh

... and answer questions.

9 Moodle - LAMS integration

9.1 For Moodle 3.x

As of May 19 2016, the plugin seems to be broken for Moodle 3.04. I will ask the LAMS team to fix this. There is no workaround as far as I can tell - Daniel K. Schneider (talk) 14:37, 19 May 2016 (CEST)

9.2 For Moodle 2.x

The Moodle-LAMS interface has completly changed for Moodle 2.x. It now is maintained by the LAMS team.

  • Read Moodle2 (look at children articles at the bottom !)

(1) Get the integration module from here:

Last time I checked for Moodle 2.4x (4/2013):

wget http://downloads.lamsinternational.com/2.4/integrations/moodle/20130123-lamslesson-moodle2.4.zip

(2) Unzip to the moodle/mod folder E.g. in our moodle/moodle/mod directory you will have:

drwxr-xr-x xxx yyy 4096 2011-03-28 19:36 lamslesson

(3) Install it

(4) Configuration on the LAMS side

http://your.moodle.server/moodle

(4) Configure on the Moodle side

After adding the lamslesson module moodle, you automatically should see the setup dialog. Since you likely will get it wrong the first time, try:

  • Site Administration->Plugins->Activity modules->LAMS lesson
  • LAMS server URL: http://...../:8080/lams/
  • Server ID: moodle
  • Server key: some_nicely_complex
  • Moodle Instance name: Your Moodle

(5) Fix the language pack

  • Grab the file
moodle/mod/lamslesson/lang/en/lamslesson.php
  • Save the result in the datadir or else use moodles translation interface
datadir/lang/fr/lamslesson.php
    • Keep a safe copy of this file somewhere. After some brutal upgrading it may just go away ....
  • Translate
    • And watch out for apostrophes !! E.g. a string like 'Il n'y a pas' won't do. Try "Il n'y a pas" instead for example.
  • Purge the cache
moodle/admin/purgecaches.php

9.3 For Moodle 1.x

The LAMS v2.0 Integration Setup Step-by-Step Guide is fairly well done :)

9.3.1 The setup

  • Moodle 1.9.4+. It runs on one machine (tecfax.unige.ch)
  • LAMS runs on the same machine

I did manage to have LAMS 2.1 run on a different machine sometimes in the past.

9.3.2 Installing LAMS 2 Moodle module

First of all make sure that you do no skip step 4 below (you need the LAMS v2 module and not LAMS !). Btw. I wonder why the LAMS 1 module is still included with Moodle.

Installation:

  1. If you don't need to keep old data, remove the LAMS2 module in Moodle
  2. Download a new integrations package (it seems that fixes are made sometimes)
    • From here (click on the Integrations tab)
  3. Unzip the file (or directly unzip in moodle/mod/)
  4. Move the lamstwo directory to moodle/mod/
  5. Move the lamstwo.php file to moodle/lang/en_utf8/ (not anymore in newer versions - 12:04, 27 April 2010 (UTC))
    • Do not forget this one, else you'll see some strange labels in Moodle
  6. Move the lamstwo_status directory to moodle/blocks/
  7. Login as admin and go to http://yourmoodle/admin, LAMS tables will be created automatically, i.e. you will see typical Moodle upgrade message.

9.3.3 Configuration on the LAMS side

Note: There seems to be a bug. If you Disable Organization it will never come back. So don't tick this.

  • Go to "System Administration", then "Maintain integrated servers". click on edit. In particular: Make sure that you get the Moodle "user information" URL right and that all parameters match on both sides (be careful with "Moodle" vs. "moodle"!).
Id:           moodle
Key:          somethingsecret
Name:         moodle
Description:  TECFA Moodle
Prefix:       mdl
Organisation: moodle
User Information: URL: http://tecfax.unige.ch/moodle/mod/lamstwo/userinfo.php?ts=%timestamp%&un=%username%&hs=%hash%
Timeout URL:      http://tecfax.unige.ch/lams/timeout.html

9.3.4 Configuration on the Moodle Side

  • Go to Modules / Activities / and click settings for 'LAMS v2 module.

I used the following values:

server_url:     http://tecfax.unige.ch:8080/lams
server_id:      moodle
server_key:     somethingsecret
request_source: moodle

Validate and Save

Important notice
  • Do not remove the old lams module with Modules -> Activities -> Manage activities!!
  • If you do so, the LAMS permissions will be broken on Moodle. Only administrators could add LAMS TWO modules. More technically speaking the following two Moodle role capabilities will be gone:
Manage LAMS activities mod/lams:manage
Participate in LAMS activities mod/lams:participate 

... That mistake cost me two hours of work today (my edutech students who have to learn some LAMS authoring could only create LAMS activities in Moodle 1.9.4x, but the "Open authoring" and "Add new lesson" buttons were gone for them - Daniel K. Schneider 21:41, 9 March 2009 (UTC)

9.3.5 Test it

Get a pack from the lamscommunity. Three obvious choices are:

In Moodle you can add these in two steps:

1) "Add an activity"

Note: If you can't see anything happen, e.g. you just get this message and nothing else:

 Sequence

 The directory structure below contains the sequences you can create a lesson for.
 Select one and click on the next button to continue.

then you made a mistake in the configuration, e.g. the "user information" URL is wrong.

2) For this activity author and/or import LAMS lessons

To author a LAMS lesson click on "open authoring"

To import a LAMS lessons, also click on "open authoring", then inside LAMS:

  • File->Import
  • Then get it from your LAMS Workspace (it will not directly import to the LAMS stage)
  • File->Save
3) Then when you are back to Moodle, click on add lesson and pick your lesson or one of the imported ones.

Summary:

  • You can access LAMS from Moodle to author or import
  • You then can use "lessons" from your workspace in LAMS as part of a LAMS moodle activity (at least one "lesson" or "several".

Note: I believe that having "lessons" within a single Moodle LAMS activity is new since 2.2 or 2.1. Before that one Moodle LAMS activity only had one LAMS module inside if I remember right.

9.3.6 Moodle-LAMS trouble shooting

The Interface in Moodle is not obvious.

You may have to adjust timeouts and other stuff if your server load is high.

Make sure that you do not mix up case: E.g. if your group is called "moodle" in LAMS use "moodle" and not "Moodle" (I got stuck with this once)

Your JBOSS server may need more memory space allocated (see above)

Be careful about using several browser windows and tabs. The "system Administration" page will use an already opened window/tab. So if the "Sys Admin" link doesn't bring up the tool or complains about your role, etc. look for it on your desktop and close it. Maybe also log out and in again from your LAMS server if you just tested Moodle before.

If you tried a Moodle LAMS integration in the past with an older LAMS server, your MOODLE may have junk left inside. Replace all older Moodle LAMS integration code (as we actually pointed out above)

Only if you don't have activities in production:

  • delete the LAMS2 module in MOODLE.

In any case:

  • Remove all the the files in the moodle/mod/lamstwo directory
  • Reinstall a new version (downloaded fresh).

10 LAMS 2.2 Windows Vista + Wampserver

Do not try to install LAMS if you lack basic installation experience and technical reading skills. Here are just a few remarks in addition to the LAMS installation instructions. I also strongly suggest to look at the Problems Installing LAMS Forum.

10.1 Other Software

To run the LAMS server on windows you need to install other software.

Java
  • You need least Java JSE 5.0, not just the JRE (the runtime), you really need a JDK (developer kit). Get it from java.sun.com.
MySQL
  • The best bet is to get it directly from MySQL and take the Installer version (not the zip installation).
    • Install it and remember the password
  • I suggest not installing/using a WAMP environment for LAMS 2.x since several people reported problems with these in the support forums. Anyhow, for myself I did use a WAMP anyhow, but if you do so too, don't complain...

10.2 MySQL

  • You should know where the mysql executables are. The LAMS installer will probably find them, but it is better to be informed. Because then you also can type MySQL commands, e.g. to fix database problems. On my machine, the WampServer/MySQL directory is here:
c:/soft/wamp/bin/mysql/mysql5.1.30/

And the binaries are here:

c:/soft/wamp/bin/mysql/mysql5.1.30/bin

Also there seems to be a missing table (probably this could be fixed with some command-line script and I think I did this with mysqlcheck, but I forgot sorry). But if it doesn't you have to add this table to the mysql table, e.g. with phpmyaadmin or on the command line:

CREATE TABLE 'servers' (
'Server_name' char(64) NOT NULL,
'Host' char(64) NOT NULL,
'Db' char(64) NOT NULL,
'Username' char(64) NOT NULL,
'Password' char(64) NOT NULL,
'Port' int(4) DEFAULT NULL,
'Socket' char(64) DEFAULT NULL,
'Wrapper' char(64) NOT NULL,
'Owner' char(64) NOT NULL,
PRIMARY KEY ('Server_name')
) ENGINE=MyISAM DEFAULT CHARSET=utf8
COMMENT='MySQL Foreign Servers table';

10.3 Installing LAMS

Make sure that MySQL is up and running before you install LAMS. If you never fully reboot your machine, it's also good idea to do so now.

Then, click on the LAMS installer. It will ask several things and suggest defaults. E.g.

  • The database admin id and password. By default, most WAMP servers come configured without one, but that's not a safe ways to live.
  • The LAMS database name, database user and password
  • The LAMS administrator login and password

On my Laptop PC, LAMS installed ok, but did not manage to start up (trouble, see the fix below).

10.4 Running LAMS

  • Make sure that the LAMS port (8080) is free, e.g. install Active Ports or type something like netstat -a in a DOS terminal.
  • Then, if the "Start LAMS" script in the program menu gives an error message like this:
>>> MySQL does not appear to be running - please make sure it is running before starting LAMS
    • Make sure that MySQL is really running and available on the right port, e.g. type
(mysqldir)\bin\mysqladmin ping -h localhost -P 3306 -u root -p
    • If MySQL is running, then you have a problem. You can try to start the LAMS service manually (worked for me): Find the services panel (sorry I don't have an English Windows), but it should be something like: Configuration Panel->Administration tools->Services. Then, start the LAMSV2 service (click on it, then click on "start" or something similar on top left, or use the right-click menu).
  • Also pay attention to popup blockers in your navigator. LAMS worked fine with both IE 6 and Firefox 3.

Summary: LAMS 2.2 runs fine on my DELL XPS M1730 laptop with Vista professional and WampServer. But I only managed to get it working because I do have a vague idea on how computer systems and web software work. Beginners really should stick to advice from the official LAMS website and/or have it installed by someone on a real server.

11 Documentation and using LAMS

Attention: This wiki page is not a resource for end users like course designers or learners. Instead see:

Official LAMS 2 installation documentation
Lams Moodle integration
Trouble shooting