Slackware 12.2

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This howto is intended as a guide through the steps required to get a Slackware 12.2 system installed and running ZoneMinder. Intentionally avoided are the discussion of hardware specifics, apache setup and any system "tweaks" as they are beyond the scope of this document. The intent is to aid (to a point) only in getting ZoneMinder up and running on a basic Slackware install. Caveat lector - "If you break it, you own all of the pieces."

As far as hardware goes, chances are good that if your hardware is supported by the Video For Linux drivers it will work with ZoneMinder.

For help with anything that isn't specifically addressed in this guide or more in depth help, I suggest that you keep in mind that "Google is your friend", as are the forums.

Hope it helps,

Nuck.

This guide should work with Slackware 13.0 as well, provided the appropriate FFMPEG libraries are used.

Contents

Install Slackware 12.2

  • Get a Slackware 12.2 system installed and running.

Download the Slackware dvd from somewhere. Torrents are a good place to download if you can wait. Burn it and boot it.

Login and create your disk partitions by running fdisk or cfdisk.

Run setup and install the system (I'm lazy, so I choose "install everything".)

Be sure to enable httpd and mysqld.

Reboot and then login.

Edit /etc/httpd/httpd.conf and fix up apache by setting a hostname, enabling php and adding a virtual host.

Run in a terminal:

#/etc/rc.d/rc.httpd restart

You will (or should) have to edit /etc/modprobe.conf to enable your capture card. (see note above)

At this point you may want to install XAWTV (see below) and verify that your hardware is working.

Hint - People are often seen posting in the forums while fighting it out with hardware, while not realizing that specifying the device identifier /dev/video will not work. And that's because it won't ! Specifying /dev/videoX (where X is a number), will. Make note of the device number. It's important.

Set Up MySql

Copy the most appropriate /etc/my-*.cnf files to /etc/my.cnf and edit as (if) required.

Set up mysql databases with:

#mysql_install_db --user=mysql 

Start mysqld - (needs to be running for perl tests)

#/etc/rc.d/rc.mysqld start  

Update Perl And Install Required Modules

Update perl and install any dependencies (make life easy and accept all of the defaults.)

#perl -MCPAN -e shell 

cpan>install MD5 

cpan>install Bundle::CPAN 

cpan>reload cpan 

cpan>install LWP::UserAgent 

cpan>install Date::Manip 

cpan>install MIME::Lite 

cpan>install MIME::Entity 

cpan>install DBD::mysql 

cpan>install Sys::Mmap 

cpan>install X10::ActiveHome 

cpan>install PHP::Serialization 

cpan>install Module::Load 

Install FFMPEG

Install ffmpeg dependencies

Go to a Slacky repository, find, download and install the following packages - (they are all within 2 or 3 directories)

multimedia/amrnb-7.0.0.2-i486-2as.tgz 

multimedia/amrwb-7.0.0.3-i486-2as.tgz 

multimedia/dirac-1.0.0-i486-2as.tgz 

multimedia/faac-1.26-i486-4sl.tgz 

multimedia/faad2-2.6.1-i486-5sl.tgz

multimedia/lame-3.98.2-i486-2sl.tgz

multimedia/speex-1.2rc1-i486-2dav.tgz 

multimedia/x264-20090107-i486-1as.tgz 

multimedia/xvidcore-1.2.1-i486-2sl.tgz 

libraries/imlib2-1.4.2-i486-3sl.tgz 

libraries/libdc1394-2.1.0-i486-1sl.tgz 

libraries/libgsm-1.0.12-i686-4as.tgz 

libraries/libnut-20081213-i686-1as.tgz 

libraries/libusb1-1.0.0-i486-1as.tgz 

libraries/schroedinger-1.0.5-i486-1as.tgz 

Install ffmpeg

On the same site you pulled the previous files from, in the multimedia directory, find the ffmpeg directory, go into the src dir and get these 2 files

ffmpeg.SlackBuild 

doinst.sh 

Then source the install file -

. ./ffmpeg.SlackBuild 

Which will download the latest svn, build it and create an installable .tgz. Install it once done.

Install XAWTV (Optional, but recommended)

If you want XAWTV for setting up and testing hardware:

Download, build and install (read the included docs).

tv-fonts-1.1.tar.bz2 

zvbi-0.2.33.tar.bz2 

xawtv-20070625-114215.tar.gz 

When configuring zvbi and xawtv use the options --prefix=/usr and --sysconfdir=/etc

Install ZoneMinder

Download ZM 1.23.3 or ZM 1.24.

Untar and cd into the zm-"version" directory and run:

#./configure --with-webdir=/var/www/htdocs --with-cgidir=/srv/httpd/cgi-bin --prefix=/usr --sysconfdir=/etc > configured_this 2>&1 

Take look through "configured_this" and if you are satisfied that all is good, run:

#make > built_this 2>&1 

Look through "built_this" and if you are satisfied that you got a clean build go ahead and run:

#make install 

If you'd prefer to do a test run on make install, run:

#make -n install > install_this 2>&1 

Look over install_this and if you are happy with what you see, then run make install

Install ZM Database and Finalize MySql Installation

While in the zm-"version" directory run:

#mysql 

> source db/zm_create.sql 

> use mysql; 

> grant select,insert,update,delete on zm.* to 'zmuser'@localhost identified by 'zmpass'; 

> quit; 

Then run:

#mysqladmin reload 

Set a root password for mysql and lock it down. Run the following:

#mysql_secure_installation 

And finally:

#cp scripts/zm /etc/rc.d/rc.zm 

#chmod a+x /etc/rc.d/rc.zm 

And now, fire up ZoneMinder

#/etc/rc.d/rc.zm start 

To start ZoneMinder at boot, run:

#echo "/etc/rc.d/rc.zm start " > /etc/rc.d/rc.local

And you're done ..

Test It Out

From a command line prompt run:

$startx

Start up a browser and point it at http://localhost/zm

If all went well, you should see a ZoneMinder control panel.