Installation via Puppet is deprecated as of Avalon 6.0. If you're looking for automated installation, please see our documentation on installing Avalon with Docker.
This documentation is for Release 5.x. For documentation on previous releases, please select from the options below.
Create and log into a CentOS 6.x or Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.x system as a user with sudo rights
The current Puppet script has issues if executed on a clean, "minimal" CentOS. A "minimal desktop" CentOS is recommended.
Disable SELinux (which we're not currently set up to support)
echo 0 > /selinux/enforce sed # Edit `-ie "s/SELINUX=enforcing/SELINUX=permissive/" /etc/selinux/config` and change the value of `SELINUX` from `enforcing` to `permissive` config
Install puppet from the Puppet Labs repository
rpm -ivh http://yum.puppetlabs.com/el/6/products/i386/puppetlabs-release-6-610.noarch.rpm yum install puppet
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yum install git
Download and extract the Avalon install script
wget http://www.avalonmediasystem.org/downloads/avalon-installer-flat.tar.gz -O flat.tar.gz tar xzf flat.tar.gz tar xzf flat.tar.gz Code Block
Install Ruby 2.2.5 if ruby current version is lower
ruby -v #The following command won't work the first time. # It will request you download the signatures first # and provide the command to download it. curl -sSL https://get.rvm.io | bash -s source /usr/local/rvm/scripts/rvm rvm install 2.2.5 rvm use 2.2.5 gem install bundler
Install json extensions for the system ruby
gem install ruby-json
Clone the Avalon install script
git clone --recursive --depth 1 https://github.com/avalonmediasystem/avalon-installer.git -b 5.x-stable cd avalon-installer-flat
Set up the installation variables
export INSTALL_DIR=`pwd` ln -s $INSTALL_DIR/files /etc/puppet/avalon_files; cd $INSTALL_DIR/manifests
Collect facts about your installation to feed to puppet
Fact Description Default avalon_admin_user an email address for the initial avalon collection/group manager email@example.com avalon_dropbox_user the login for the Avalon Dropbox user avalondrop avalon_dropbox_password the plaintext password for the Avalon Dropbox user
avalon_dropbox_password_hash the pre-hashed password for the Avalon Dropbox user
avalon_public_address the hostname clients should connect to Output of
avalon_root_dir the base directory for avalon content
rails_env the Rails environment to run avalon under production
NOTE: Either avalon_dropbox_password or avalon_dropbox_password_hash is required. All other facts are optional.
Execute the puppet script, passing selected facts as environment variables prefixed with
FACTER_avalon_public_address=avalon.example.edu FACTER_avalon_dropbox_password=dropithere FACTER_rails_env=development \ Code Block
about your installation, the following will create hiera/data/custom.yaml
ruby -r './fact_gatherer.rb' -e 'FactGatherer.gather_facts'
Info title Facter can't detect some early CentOS 7 versions, if so run
Execute the puppet script
rvm system do puppet apply --fileserverconfig=$INSTALL_DIR/fileserver.conf \ --modulepath=$INSTALL_DIR/modules \ --hiera_config=$INSTALL_DIR/hiera/hiera.ymlyaml \ --templatedir=$INSTALL_DIR/templates .manifests/init.pp --detailed-exitcodes
It is important to give a hostname when asked, otherwise Avalon/Fedora may not work.
If you see errors like "Could not prefetch firewall provider 'iptables'", then running `iptables --flush` will help.
Be patient. The manifest needs to download, install and configure a whole lot of dependencies and servers. This could take 30 minutes or more even with a fast connection.
When the script finishes, open a web browser and connect to the public address you configured above for your server (e.g.,
http://avalon.example.edu/) Create a new user with email firstname.lastname@example.org, this is the default collection_manager and group_manager.
NOTE: Puppet needs to download dozens of system packages, software distributions, source files, and other information, largely from trusted third party repositories. Sometimes, one or more repositories might be offline, unresponsive, or otherwise unavailable, causing Puppet to display a series of errors about failed dependencies. Fortunately, Puppet can usually figure out how to make things right. Simply repeat the
puppet apply ... command in step 10 11 to try to repair the install.
The Avalon Media System requires several ports to be open to client browsers. The Vagrant Install handles all the port forwarding for local access automatically, but the manual install will require attention to make sure the required ports are open and accessible. Here are the manual instructions.
Using the System
- You can find specific information about using the system in the Collection Manager's Guide.
- Configure additional features
- Install sample content
- Known Issues - a list of bugs, workarounds, and cautions