LAMS installation and configuration
This page contains installation tips for a fresh install of LAMS.
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.x for Ubuntu, LAMS 2.1RC for Solaris
As of July 2021, LAMS 4.5 was released and is the latest stable release.
Getting the LAMS source code
Source code is available from Github. The code branch to use is v4.5
- Wildfly 14.0.1
- OpenJDK 11
- MySQL 8.0
- Ant (Java task compiler)
In Debian/Ubuntu 20.04
$ sudo apt install openjdk-11-jdk-headless $ sudo apt install fontconfig
MySQL 8.0 DB
$ wget https://dev.mysql.com/get/mysql-apt-config_0.8.15-1_all.deb $ sudo dpkg -i mysql-apt-config_0.8.15-1_all.deb $ sudo apt update $ sudo apt install mysql-server $ sudo mysql_secure_installation
Basic MySQL configuration
... # LAMS stuff explicit_defaults_for_timestamp character-set-server = utf8mb4 collation-server = utf8mb4_unicode_ci transaction-isolation=READ-COMMITTED sql-mode="STRICT_TRANS_TABLES,NO_ZERO_IN_DATE,NO_ZERO_DATE,ERROR_FOR_DIVISION_BY_ZERO,NO_ENGINE_SUBSTITUTION" max_allowed_packet=32M # Record slow queries slow_query_log = 1 slow_query_log_file = /var/log/mysql/mysql-slow.log long_query_time = 10 [mysqldump] default-character-set=utf8mb4 hex-blob=1 single-transaction=1 quick=1 ...
After installing MySQL, create a user and a DB for LAMS and grant appropriate permissions:
DROP DATABASE IF EXISTS lams; CREATE DATABASE lamsdb DEFAULT CHARACTER SET utf8 COLLATE utf8_unicode_ci; SET FOREIGN_KEY_CHECKS=1; GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON lamsdb.* TO lamsdbuser@localhost IDENTIFIED BY 'real_secret_pw'; REVOKE SUPER ON *.* from lamsdbuser@localhost;
$ wget https://download.jboss.org/wildfly/14.0.1.Final/wildfly-14.0.1.Final.tar.gz $ cd /opt/lams $ tar xvzf wildfly-14.0.1.Final.tar.gz
LAMS source code pre-compilation
LAMS is open source and its code is available from GitHub
git clone https://github.com/lamsfoundation/lams.git
By default branch is LAMS' latest stable release as of July 2021, that's version 4.5. If you need a previous branch, see other branches available.
Wherever you have your LAMS v4.5 code, edit the following files
Primarily the DB settings and based system.
If you are building LAMS using Windows, set the osPropertiesName to "windows" instead of "unix".
... #======== DATABASE PROPERTIES ========= db.host=localhost db.port=3306 db.name=lamsdb db.username=lamsdbuser db.password=real_secret_pw ... osPropertiesName=unix ...
If you are building LAMS in a unix based system, then change the file unix.properties. If you are using Windows, then change the windows.properties file instead.
Here you will need to figure a path to the content repository contentrepository.base=/var/opt/lams
The path to your Wildfly folder server.home=/usr/local/wildfly-14.0.1/
... contentrepository.base=/var/opt/lams ... server.home=/opt/lams/wildfly-14.0.1/ ...
Compilation and deployment
cd lams_build ant deploy-lams
If no errors occurred, you are ready to start Wildfly.
cd /opt/lams/wildfly-14.0.1/bin ./standalone.sh
LAMS should be available at localhost:8080/lams/
By default, LAMS has a set of preconfigured users:
|test1||test1||Teacher, student, tutor|
|test2||test2||Teacher, student, tutor|
|test3||test3||Teacher, student, tutor|
|test4||test4||Teacher, student, tutor|
Of course, you can create and import users and courses into LAMS at any time from the sysadmin menu.
(OPTIONAL) Wildfly comes with a ton of libraries that LAMS does not use. So to slim Wildfly to only use the libs that LAMS uses, please run the following ant task in the lams_build folder:
As of March 2019, we do have a new LAMS installation that works fine in virtual server running Ubuntu 18.x.
However, I do not feel doing system administration anymore (except for this wiki) and I asked our systems person to do it. So there is not documentation, sorry.
Lams Moodle integration. There are two types of integration.
- LAMS - Moodle integration with a Moodle plugin.
- LTI integration, i.e. Moodle can "consume" LAMS contents
LTI external tool integration
An administrator can manually configure external tools in Site administration > Plugins > Activity modules > External tool> Manage tools so that they are available across the site.
Moodle LAMS integration through a Moodle plugin
- We did that with LAMS 2.5. To be tested with LAMS 3.0. There is a plugin for download and the method should be the same.
As of November 2018, the current system is LAMS 3.x. You can test this with a demo version. Below, we started documenting an installation on Ubunt 18x, but we did not find time to complete the installation. As you can see something went wrong. Instead, we installed LAMS 3.1 on a virtual server machine.
LAMS 2.5 was initially promised for 2014. Then, after a funding cut, the LAMS team was mostly disbanded and the core team found a new "home" in Singapour. Sometimes in 2016 the version number was changed to LAMS 3.0.
Status as of Nov 2018
- The old LAMS community pages are still online, but no longer maintained.
- LAMS 3.x it is available on Github, but documentation is lacking. Also, there is no installer. You will have to install and configure like in the "good" old times ....
- LAMS 3.x will run under old 8.2.1 version of Wildfly, formerly JBoss (?). E.g. see How to install WildFly (JBoss) Java Application Server on Ubuntu 18.04.
- Create a MySQL database
- Build the system with ANT
- https://demo.lamsfoundation.org/lams/ does run a 3.x demo version for which you can require a login.
- LAMS 3.x is available as commercial offering through Lams International and also through content services (to be verified).
- Usually, this is installed. Check it. In principle, the Open JDK should work, however we do not know if that is true for older version. If it does not (we have to test) this, then it should be replaced with Oracle one. This is very likely the case.
gives something link:
openjdk version "10.0.2" 2018-07-17 OpenJDK Runtime Environment (build 10.0.2+13-Ubuntu-1ubuntu0.18.04.1) OpenJDK 64-Bit Server VM (build 10.0.2+13-Ubuntu-1ubuntu0.18.04.1, mixed mode)
Installation did not work with java 11, so I tried OpenJDK version 8. If you don't have Java 8 (it already was on my system), install it first.
udo apt install openjdk-8-jdk
To use Java 8 by default, you can do the following. Most software seems to use Java 8 anyhow .... sudo update-alternatives --config java
- SASS (some kind of CSS pre-processor)
sudo apt install sass
sudo apt install ant
- If exists, stop your old LAMS, e.g.
- /etc/init.d/lams2 stop
Kill old LAMS
We did not try to upgrade an old LAMS installation since we did not have many sequences that were worthwhile keeping and since there are no instructions on how to do this. So, export sequences that are worth keeping ...
- Remove the startup script for old lams (or similar if it exists)
grep -R lams /etc
- For example
rm /etc/rc6.d/K02lams2 rm /etc/rc5.d/S02lams2 rm /etc/rc4.d/S02lams2 rm /etc/rc3.d/S02lams2 rm /etc/rc2.d/S02lams2 rm /etc/rc1.d/K02lams2 rm /etc/rc0.d/K02lams2
Install and configure Wildfly
# cd /src wget http://download.jboss.org/wildfly/8.2.1.Final/wildfly-8.2.1.Final.tar.gz tar xvfz wildfly-8.2.1.Final.tar.gz
sudo mv /src/wildfly-8.2.1.Final /opt/wildfly sudo chown you:you /opt/wildfly cd /opt/wildfly more README.txt
#Now test cd /opt/wildfly/bin ./standalone.sh # If your X server works and if you got Firefox installed on the server machine firefox --new-instance http://localhost:9990
Create a new MySQL database and user
(1) Check what you got
mysqlshow -p -u root
(2) Create a new database and user
mysql -u root -p
and copy/paste an adapted version of the following
DROP DATABASE IF EXISTS lams3; CREATE DATABASE lams3 DEFAULT CHARACTER SET utf8 COLLATE utf8_unicode_ci; SET FOREIGN_KEY_CHECKS=1; GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON lams3.* TO lams@localhost IDENTIFIED BY 'real_secret_pw'; REVOKE PROCESS,SUPER ON *.* from lams@localhost;
After aborting wildfly you can run intot the following type of error (see also this, dated 07/14/10)
/opt/wildfly/bin$ 18:25:34,136 INFO [JdbcMigrationLauncher] If this isn't from a long-running patch, but a stale lock, either: 18:25:34,136 INFO [JdbcMigrationLauncher] 1) run MigrationTableUnlock (probably 'ant patch.unlock') 18:25:34,136 INFO [JdbcMigrationLauncher] 2) set the lockPollRetries property so the lock times out 18:25:34,136 INFO [JdbcMigrationLauncher] (this is dangerous in combination with long-running patches) 18:25:34,136 INFO [JdbcMigrationLauncher] 3) set the 'patch_in_progress' in the patches table to 'F'
In the LAMS DataBASE, run the following SQL
update patches set patch_in_progress = "F";
Dowload, configure and build LAMS
In order to find these files again, we decided to put them in /opt but any place can do.
sudo chown you:your_group /opt/lams cd /opt/ git clone https://github.com/lamsfoundation/lams.git
Edit the configuration files
- Make a copy of the *.properties files just be sure. In addition, do not change the properties files themselves since they may be overridden by upgrades. Put them into a file called build.properties.
db.host=localhost db.port=3306 db.name=lams3 db.username=lams..... db.password=real_secret....
Change file unix.properties:
# Maybe not the best place for you, but at TECFA we always create a /data directory for data that must be kept, e.g. portalware, web server files, etc. contentrepository.base=/data/lams
#JBoss deploy directory (Unix) server.home=/opt/wildfly
#Sass executable. sass_exec_file=/usr/bin/sass
Copy the properties to file
It is not clear to me if one should build various components. In principle, lams-cruise alone should do the trick.
# go to the build directory cd /opt/lams/lams_build
# Optional: build some stuff ant build-db ant deploy-ear ant deploy-tools
# build lams (ant will read the build.xml file and "cruise" is a "target" that should build the whole thing) ant lams-cruise
At the end you should see something like:
lams-cruise: BUILD SUCCESSFUL Total time: 3 minutes 35 seconds
Now, in principle, LAMS is deployed in the Wildfly sever and could launch it again.
Compilation errors with OpenJDK 11
Some library is missing with openjdk 11 and something else is wrong. I did not get these errors with Openjdk 8, but then I might have installed some extra libraries in the past. I cannot remember.
[echo] LAMS Common: Compiling Java sources [javac] Compiling 469 source files to /opt/lams/lams_common/build/classes/java [javac] warning: [options] bootstrap class path not set in conjunction with -source 8 [javac] /opt/lams/lams_common/src/java/org/lamsfoundation/lams/policies/dao/hibernate/PolicyDAO.java:22: error: package com.sun.webkit does not exist [javac] import com.sun.webkit.PolicyClient; [javac] ^ [javac] Note: Some input files use or override a deprecated API. [javac] Note: Recompile with -Xlint:deprecation for details. [javac] Note: Some input files use unchecked or unsafe operations. [javac] Note: Recompile with -Xlint:unchecked for details. [javac] 1 error [javac] 1 warning
Test running LAMS with WildFly
Make sure that the port that you plan to use with WildFly is free. By default the standalone server version is port 8080.
#Now test cd /opt/wildfly/bin ./standalone.sh
This will take some time since it will have to digest LAMS.
# If your X server works and if you got Firefox installed on the server machine you can see something on the server. firefox --new-instance http://localhost:8080
Shutting down the test server
- CTRL-C in the console
Else if you ran it as background process:
jboss-cli.sh --connect --command=:shutdown
Documentation and using LAMS
Attention: This wiki page is not a resource for end users like course designers or learners. Instead see:
- LAMS (this wiki)
- Official LAMS 2 installation documentation
- Installing Windows for LAMS (also includes important MySQL configuration information)
- Unix Installation and Updating Help (if you plan to use the unix installer)
- Lams Moodle integration
- Trouble shooting