Installing ePrints from source on Fedora Core 11

Download eprints-3.1.x.tar.gz from

1. Empowered as super users


2. Install required packages

yum install -y rpmbuild wget elinks tetex-latex mod_perl perl-Unicode-String perl-MIME-Lite perl-XML-LibXML perl-XML-Parser perl-DBI perl-DBD-mysql xpdf gdome2 gdome2-devel ImageMagick

3. RPM Build

rpmbuild -ta eprints-x.x.x.tar.gz

4. Install the rpm

rpm -i /path/to/eprints … rpm (ie. /root/rpmbuild/RPMS/noarch/eprints3-eprints-1.fc11.noarch.rpm)

5. Install MySQL

yum install -y mysql mysql-server

6. Start MySQL

/etc/init.d/mysqld start

7. Set MySQL root password

mysql -u root
SET PASSWORD FOR ‘root’@localhost = PASSWORD(‘new_password’);

8. Change user to ‘eprints’

su eprints

9. Go to eprints directory

cd (Should be in /opt/eprints3)

10. Create a repository archive

./bin/epadmin create
(follows the installation process)

11. Update apache configuration file

vi /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf
Add: Include /opt/eprints3/cfg/apache.conf
Save and Exit

12. Restart Apache

Restart Apache
/etc/init.d/httpd restart

13. Using eprints

ePrints can be accessed via a web browser

Note: For testing purposes only!!! Running eprints on a ‘fake’ hostname is done by editing the hosts file:
For example if eprints is set to run under but we haven’t got that domain. Getting around it is to:
1. Edit hosts file

vi /etc/hosts

2. Restart the interface

service network restart

3. ePrints can be accessible from


Installing ePrints 3.1 on Redhat 4

How to install ePrints 3.1 on Redhat 4

This is a record of my ePrints installation. It is heavily based on the wiki from

1. Change user to root:

$ su

2. Go to home directory:

# cd

3. Create a directory called eprints:

# mkdir eprints

4. Go to eprints directory:

# cd eprints

5. Download eprints from

# wget

6. Unarchive it

# tar xzvf eprints-3.1.3.tar.gz

7. Installing the dependencies:

# up2date –nox -u httpd wget gzip xpdf lynx unzip
# up2date –nox -u mod_perl perl-DBI perl-DBD-MySQL perl-XML-Parser
# up2date –nox -u mysql-server

8. Install perl modules:

# cpan
> install Data::ShowTable
> install MIME::Base64
> install Unicode::String
> install Term::ReadKey
> install Readonly
> install MIME::Lite
> install XML::LibXML
> install CGI

9. Make sure mysqld and httpd starts after the reboot:

# /sbin/chkconfig mysqld on
# /sbin/chkconfig httpd on

10. Install GDOME:

# wget
# wget
# rpm -Uvh gdome2-0.8.1-1.i386.rpm gdome2-devel-0.8.1-1.i386.rpm

11. Fix the bug in gdome-config:

# vi /usr/bin/gdome-config


the_libs=”$the_libs -L${exec_prefix}/lib -lgdome ` –libs` `xml2-config –libs`”
the_flags=”$the_flags -I${prefix}/include -I${prefix}/include/libgdome ` –cflags` `xml2-config –cflags`”


the_libs=”$the_libs -L${exec_prefix}/lib -lgdome `/usr/bin/glib-config –libs` `xml2-config –libs`”
the_flags=”$the_flags -I${prefix}/include -I${prefix}/include/libgdome `/usr/bin/glib-config –cflags` `xml2-config –cflags`”

12. Install XML::GDOME:

# wget
# tar xzvf XML-GDOME-0.86.tar.gz
# cd XML-GDOME-0.86
# perl Makefile.PL
# make
# make install

13. Add eprints user:

# useradd eprints
# passwd eprints

14. Install ePrints:

# cd ..
# cd eprints-3.1.3
# ./configure
# ./

15. Set MySQL root password:

# /etc/init.d/mysql start
# mysql -u root
> SET PASSWORD FOR ‘root’@localhost = PASSWORD(‘new_password’);
> exit

16. Setup eprints archive:

# su eprints
# cd /opt/eprints3
# ./bin/epadmin create

17. Edit apache configurations:

# vi /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf

Add the following line at the end:

Include /opt/eprints3/cfg/apache.conf

Chage user to eprints:

User eprints
Group eprints

18. Restart apache:

# /etc/init.d/httpd restart