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Note: All of the commands on this page must be run as root.

Operating System

  • Basic Debian 5.0 "lenny" install - You will not need the desktop applications group.

Set the System Locale

The locale needs to be set correctly for the database. It is easiest to set it at the beginning of the installation.

  • Set the locale correctly -
    • For the US, generate both en_US and en_US.UTF-8, but (IMPORTANT) pick en_US as the default...
  dpkg-reconfigure locales


Aptitude & Required Libraries

Add the freeside repository

  • Add the following apt source to /etc/apt/sources.list (for Debian 5.0 "lenny"):
deb ./
  • Run aptitude update.

Install the Appropriate Packages

  • Run this command to install all prerequisites:
aptitude install \
 apache2 apache2-mpm-prefork apache2-utils cron \
 ghostscript gsfonts \
 libapache-dbi-perl libapache2-mod-perl2 \
 libapache2-request-perl \
 libapache-session-perl libauthen-passphrase-perl \
 libbusiness-creditcard-perl libbusiness-us-usps-webtools-perl \
 libcache-cache-perl libcache-simple-timedexpiry-perl libcalendar-simple-perl \
 libchart-perl libclass-container-perl \
 libclass-data-inheritable-perl libclass-returnvalue-perl \
 libcolor-scheme-perl libcompress-zlib-perl \
 libconvert-binhex-perl \
 libcrypt-openssl-rsa-perl libcrypt-passwdmd5-perl libcss-squish-perl \
 libdatetime-perl libdatetime-format-natural-perl \
 libdatetime-format-strptime-perl libdate-manip-perl libdbd-mysql-perl \
 libdbd-pg-perl libdbi-perl libdbix-dbschema-perl libdbix-searchbuilder-perl \
 libdevel-stacktrace-perl libdevel-symdump-perl \
 libdigest-sha1-perl libemail-sender-perl \
 libemail-sender-transport-smtp-tls-perl liberror-perl \
 libexception-class-perl \
 libfile-counterfile-perl libfile-rsync-perl \
 libfont-afm-perl libfreezethaw-perl \
 libfrontier-rpc-perl libgd-gd2-noxpm-perl libgd2-noxpm \
 libgd-graph-perl libgd-text-perl libhtml-format-perl libhtml-mason-perl \
 libhtml-parser-perl libhtml-defang-perl \
 libhtml-scrubber-perl libhtml-tagset-perl libhtml-tree-perl \
 libhtml-widgets-selectlayers-perl libio-stringy-perl \
 libipc-run-perl libipc-run3-perl libipc-sharelite-perl \
 libjson-perl \
 liblingua-en-inflect-perl liblingua-en-nameparse-perl \
 liblocale-gettext-perl liblocale-maketext-fuzzy-perl \
 liblocale-maketext-lexicon-perl liblocale-subcountry-perl \
 liblog-dispatch-perl libmailtools-perl libmime-perl \
 libnet-daemon-perl libnet-domain-tld-perl libnet-scp-perl \
 libnet-ssh-perl libnet-whois-raw-perl libnetaddr-ip-perl \
 libnumber-format-perl libnet-ping-external-perl\
 libparams-validate-perl libparse-recdescent-perl \
 libplrpc-perl libregexp-common-perl \
 libspreadsheet-writeexcel-perl libstring-approx-perl \
 libstring-shellquote-perl libterm-readkey-perl \
 libtest-inline-perl libtext-autoformat-perl \
 libtext-charwidth-perl libtext-csv-perl libtext-iconv-perl \
 libtext-quoted-perl libtext-reform-perl \
 libtext-template-perl libtext-wrapi18n-perl \
 libtext-wrapper-perl libtie-ixhash-perl \
 libtime-duration-perl libtime-modules-perl libtimedate-perl \
 libtree-simple-perl libuniversal-require-perl liburi-perl \
 libwant-perl libwww-perl libxml-parser-perl libxml-rss-perl \
 lmodern make perl perl-modules \
 postgresql postgresql-client \
 psfontmgr \
 rsync openssh-client \
 texlive texlive-latex-extra whois

Verify the correct locale is set

  • Check your /etc/postgresql/8.3/main/postgresql.conf for the lc_ lines. If they are set to "= 'en_US.UTF-8'"...
  • The postgresql cluster will need to be dropped and re-initialized
pg_dropcluster 8.3 main --stop
pg_createcluster --locale en_US 8.3 main
  • Don't forget to restart postgresql
/etc/init.d/postgresql-8.3 start


Follow the regular installation instructions.