November 10

Moodle/Nginx install on Centos .6.6
cat /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-eth0 first make sure ethernet card is setup on boot:

to make sure you have :  ONBOOT = “yes”

sudo yum install rpm-build
yum install wget
cd /usr/local/src
rpm -Uvh remi-release-6*.rpm epel-release-6*.rpm
cd /etc/yum.repos.d
  add in the repo to grab latest nginx vi nginx.repo:
     name=nginx repo
  vi remi.repo
     set [remi]  enabled = 1  AND [remi-php55] enabled = 1 AND [remi-php55-debuginfo] enabled=1
yum update -y
yum install php php-fpm php-gd php-mbstring php-mcrypt php-mysql php-apc php-common php-curl php-intl php-soap php-xmlrpc  -y
yum --enablerepo=remi list mysql mysql-server
yum install git mysql mysql-server -y

vi /etc/php-fpm.d/www*

listen = /tmp/php5-fpm.sock
listen.owner = nginx =nginx
user =nginx
group =nginx

vi /etc/php.ini

  • cgi.fix_pathinfo=1
  • add opcache:
    opcache.revalidate_freq = 60
    ; Required for Moodle
    opcache.save_comments = 1
    opcache.enable_file_override = 0
  • ; If something does not work in Moodle
    ;opcache.revalidate_path = 1 ; May fix problems with include paths
    ;opcache.mmap_base = 0x20000000 ; (Windows only) fix OPcache crashes with event id 487; Experimental for Moodle 2.6 and later
    ;opcache.fast_shutdown = 1
    ;opcache.enable_cli = 1 ; Speeds up CLI cron
    ;opcache.load_comments = 0 ; May lower memory use, might not be compatible with add-ons and other apps.

intall nginX:

yum install nginx

intall moodle:

  • mkdir /usr/local/src cd /usr/local/src
  • get url for moodle from https:/
  • wget
  • unzip
  • mkdir /var/www/
  • mv moodle/* /var/www/
  • chown nginx:adm
  • chmod 755
  • mkdir /var/www/moodledata
  • chown nginx:adm moodledata -R
  • chmod 755 moodledata -R
  • update config  with sql user/pass and moodledata path at /var/www/moodlesite/config-dist.php

nginx configuration:

rewrite ^/(.*.php)(/)(.*)$ /$1?file=/$3 last;

vi /etc/nginx/conf.d/



server {
root /var/www/;
#access_log logs/;
#error_log logs/ crit;

listen 80;

location / {
index index.php index.html index.htm;

# moodle rewrite rules
rewrite ^/(.*.php)(/)(.*)$ /$1?file=/$3 last;

# php parsing
location ~ .php$ {
try_files $uri =404;
fastcgi_pass unix:/tmp/php5-fpm.sock;
fastcgi_index index.php;
fastcgi_param SCRIPT_FILENAME $document_root$fastcgi_script_name;
include fastcgi_params;
fastcgi_buffer_size 128k;
fastcgi_buffers 256 4k;
fastcgi_busy_buffers_size 256k;
fastcgi_temp_file_write_size 256k;


service mysqld restart
mysql -u root
SET PASSWORD FOR 'root'@'localhost' = PASSWORD('password');
chkconfig --levels 235 mysqld on
chkconfig --levels 235 nginx on
chkconfig --levels 235 php-fpm on
service nginx restart
service php-fpm restart

see next post for certs

October 17

Moodle instal 2.6 stable on VirtualBox

  • install centOS 6.5, download iso and install after setting up an image on VBox
  1. on virtual box open up the different ports:(*port forwarding rules)
  2. Host port 8888 to Guest Port 80
  3. sshAccess HostPort 22 to Guest Port 22
  • install php modules
    • yum install git php-common php-mysql php-gd php-intl php-curl
    • yum install php-ldap php-apc php-mbstring php-dom php-soap php-xmlrpc
    • yum install php php-mysql
    • yum install php-pear php-devel httpd-devel pcre-devel gcc make
    • pecl install apc
      • vi /etc/php.d/apc.ini
      • apc.ttl=72000
      • apc.shm_size=1024M
      • apc.stat=1
      • apc.enable_cli=1
      • apc.file_update_protection=2
      • apc.max_file_size=1M
      • apc.num_files_hint=200000
      • apc.user_entries_hint=20000
  • install moodle
    • mkdir  /var/moodle
    • cd /var/moodle
    • git clone -b MOODLE_26_STABLE www
    • mkdir /var/moodle/data
    • chmod 755 all
    • cd /var/moodle/www
    • cp config-dist.php config.php
    • vi config.php and make sure the below is accurate
    • $CFG->dbtype    = 'mysqli';
      $CFG->dblibrary = 'native';
      $CFG->dbhost    = 'localhost';
      $CFG->dbname    = 'moodle';
      $CFG->dbuser    = 'moodle';
      $CFG->dbpass    = 'secretpassword';
      $CFG->prefix    = 'mdl_';
      $CFG->wwwroot   = 'http://localhost';
      $CFG->dataroot  = '/var/moodle/data';
  • install apache
    • yum install httpd
    • update file permissions in moodle
    • chown -R apache:apache /var/moodle
    • chmod -R 755 /var/moodle
    • vi /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf
    • add the following at the end
    • <VirtualHost *:80>
          DocumentRoot /var/moodle/www
          ServerName localhost
          CustomLog logs/moodle.tecadmin.net_log combined
    • in Section 2: ‘Main’ server configuration add:
    • ServerName  localhost
  • install mysql
    • rpm -Uvh
    • make sure your clock is correct or epel will not install.
    • If meta error occurs for EPEL  switch from HTTPS to http by commenting out mirrors in /etc/yum.repos.d/epel.repo
    • yum install mysql55w mysql55w-server
    • mysql -u root -p
    • CREATE DATABASE moodle;
    • GRANT ALL ON moodle.* TO 'moodle'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'secretpassword';
    • ALTER DATABASE moodle CHARACTER SET = utf8 COLLATE = utf8_unicode_ci;
    • quit
  • service httpd start
  • service mysqld start
  • to start on reboot:
    • chkconfig httpd on
    • chkconfig mysqld on
September 4

Boxee box and Boxee hacks XBMC

A good friend was kind enough to give me his Boxee box, since it was just collecting dust and the remote stopped working.

Step one root it:

Follow the instructions above, when you get to renaming the Host Name make sure you had a semicolon after boxeebox label.

Step two install xbmc:

I decided to install it on the device/internal memory rather than use the flash drive (sdcard is horrible for this).  I found this executible  but it didn’t work for me.

instead I telneted into the box: on port 2323 with password ‘secret’… the box is running

Linux IntelCE 2.6.28 #8 PREEMPT Wed Oct 12 07:18:29   BusyBox v1.10.2

wget -O /tmp/ && sh /tmp/ to install

Step three add flash drive anyways:

Main reason is there is only around 120Mb of space left, on the internal 1Gb of memory once your install is done…. so make sure its mounted under /media and that you update xbmc in settings to push all thumbnails etc… over to the drive. (**I had an issue with the second, most central USB port… don’t know if this is only on my Bbox but once I had the drive on the outer most USB port it worked without a hitch.)

Kinda nice to finally get a system up so quickly… the only drawback is that if you use the back button too many times any option selected seems “unselectable” you hear and see the select action happen but with out result… I then need to reboot to get the system to respond again.

Finally  if you want to add other services to run on this box think again… its running BusyBox which is extremely limited.

  • 8 May 2008 — BusyBox 1.10.2 (stable)BusyBox 1.10.2. (gitpatcheshow to add a patch)Bugfix-only release for 1.10.x branch. It contains fixes for echo, httpd, pidof, start-stop-daemon, tar, taskset, tab completion in shells, build system.

    Please note that mdev was backported from current svn trunk. Please report if you encounter any problems with it.

using LEEF as my external flash drive… (*you can use a 16Gb without issue unless you want to save your media on the box, a raspberry pi would work better for distribution/repository).