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I am a user that has worked with Ubuntu desktop versions for the last year, and I'm making a transition to slightly more administrative and database-oriented use of linux with a new project. I am interested to install and run a database, called ZeBase, that should allow me and colleagues to keep up-to-date records on a zebrafish breeding facility. The package is open source, but is poorly described for those new to linux admin, like myself. The webpage describing the installation requires a set of 5 responses to allow the online installer to do its job. To me it is not even clear if these inputs must reflect values derived from the intended host system, or if some are simply names to be made up on the spot. Please advise.
The list is:
1. base URL
2. DB name
3. DB username
4. DB password
5. DB host
As I mentioned, I could imagine that items 3 & 4 are just to be made up on the spot, though I'd appreciate any comments regarding best practices. For the others, please give me an indication how I will most easily find this information.
Oh, and some specific details: this is a project to be used for an aademic institution, where the server/host will run behind a firewall, and I hope to set up networking such that 3-5 other computers with privileges can access and update the DB in realtime.
All serious comments will be appreciated.
I think it would be a good idea if you posted the exact distro name/version you are going to use.
Also the url of Zebase so we can get some background.
It sounds like Zebase comes with a web front-end, so my best guesses are
1. The web addr you will use to the home page eg www.myzebase.com. You need to consider if this will be publicly avail on the internet or not. For the former, you'll have to register/pay.
2. probably the schema name so 'zebase' will probably do
3. prob something not too obvious
4. definitely a secure passwd
5. the host name of the system as seen from outside
Thank you all for the useful comments. I have a vague idea of how to proceed. For the guru who asked, the URL for ZeBase is: http://zebase.bio.purdue.edu/install.html
A few other questions regarding the responses from said guru:
* regarding point 1, I am interested in creating an internally accessible resource for colleagues in my laboratory, and we are on a University campus with it's own domain. Can I simply use the institutional domain name appended with '/mycomputername' to get this set up? I am not interested in creating a domain that is accessible from outside the campus, and I'd think that registering a domain name would be pointless. Please advise if I've overlooked something important.
* regarding point 5, I guess that if my proposed handling of point 1 is correct, that this should be something similar to the response for point 1; however, that makes me wonder if I understand the requirement clearly (why would the same info be required twice?). Is there some linux method for finding out the host name of the system as seen from outside?
I'd be greatly indebted to anyone who can offer help to get this installed and running smoothly.
The host name is the system name from eg the 'hostname' cmd. If you are accessing it from another system (even in the same private lan), then it will need the FQDN or just the hostname if that is also set as an alias in your local DNS.
This is different from the web addr for the web front-end, which again can be anything that your local DNS can recognise and direct to the correct box.
For the majority of boxes, there is only one hostname (multi-home systems can be known by different names on each ethernet i/f).