[Cdash] CDash installation

Julien Jomier julien.jomier at kitware.com
Tue Jan 26 23:56:50 UTC 2010

Good catch Daniel. I'm going to put a warning on the wiki and in the 
config.php itself (you are not the first one to do this).


On 1/26/2010 6:54 PM, Daniel Bentley wrote:
> These lines work when inserted before the first include (
> include("cdash/config.php") ), but I start to get the 'What should
> Firefox do with this file?' prompt again when inserted after this include.
> Taking the idea a little further, I inserted the 'This is a test' line
> at the beginning of config.php, then at the beginning of
> config.local.php (because I have one).  Each test, install.php would
> display the echoed 'This is a test' line.
> So, I took a look at my config.local.php file...
> It would appear the culprit was that when I had copied config.php to
> config.local.php for editing, I did NOT remove the '/** DO NOT EDIT
> AFTER THIS LINE */' portion at the end of the file.  Commented out this
> portion, and I'm now looking at the CDash Installation screen.
> Looks like it was basically an include() loop.  Interesting that PHP
> wouldn't throw an error notification when coming across a loop like this.
> -Daniel
> Julien Jomier wrote:
>> Strange. Could you try to put these two lines:
>>    echo "This is a test";
>>    exit();
>> at the beginning of the install.php file, try to access it through your
>> web browser and see if you get the text displayed. If that works, try to
>> move the two lines at line 31 and then after each include. If all of
>> these work, try to move the two lines at line 272 (before generate_XSLT).
>> let us know,
>> Julien
>> On 1/26/2010 6:04 PM, Daniel Bentley wrote:
>>> Checked that libapache2-mod-php5 in installed (it is) and working (as
>>> evidenced in my php test pages).
>>> I installed phpmyadmin (though I'm more a CLI guy), and phpMyAdmin works
>>> as expected.  Trying CDash after installing phpMyAdmin, gives me the
>>> same problems as before.
>>> And yes, in the output of phpinfo() there are sections for curl, gd,
>>> mysql, and xsl, all of which show as 'enabled'.
>>> -Daniel
>>> Julien Jomier wrote:
>>>> Hi Daniel,
>>>> Could you check that the following package is correctly installed:
>>>>     libapache2-mod-php5
>>>> Could you also try to install phpmyadmin (or phppgadmin depending on the
>>>> database you plan to use) and see if one of these packages work.
>>>> Julien
>>>> On 1/26/2010 4:49 PM, Daniel Bentley wrote:
>>>>> Trying http://server/CDash/install.php results in the same as other
>>>>> .php
>>>>> files from CDash, I am prompted 'What should Firefox do with this
>>>>> file?'
>>>>> as before.  As before, downloading the file when prompted by Firefox
>>>>> results in a 0 byte file.  Other test PHP code in the CDash
>>>>> directory (a
>>>>> phpinfo() test page), with the same file permissions, still works fine.
>>>>> http://server/CDash/images/Alert.gif displays an image as expected.
>>>>> There are no redirects in my Apache configuration.  Speaking of Apache
>>>>> configs, are there any particular 'Options' I should explicitly
>>>>> have/not
>>>>> have for the<Directory>    statement where CDash is located?
>>>>> -Daniel
>>>>> Julien Jomier wrote:
>>>>>> Could you try to go to http://yourserver/CDash/install.php? CDash
>>>>>> automatically redirects to the install page, maybe something is
>>>>>> going on
>>>>>> in that case.
>>>>>> Also, could your try to get an image in the image directory to see if
>>>>>> you can access it: http://yourserver/CDash/images/Alert.gif
>>>>>> Finally, do you have any redirect in your apache configuration?
>>>>>> Julien
>>>>>> On 1/26/2010 12:11 AM, Daniel Bentley wrote:
>>>>>>> php5-xsl was installed via apt-get at the beginning of the
>>>>>>> installation
>>>>>>> process (as a pre-req).
>>>>>>> Nothing shows up in the configured Apache error.log files.  The
>>>>>>> access.log file shows a simple: "GET /CDash HTTP/1.1" 301
>>>>>>> -which would indicate a redirection.  This access.log entry is for a
>>>>>>> request for /CDash, which Apache handles the redirection to /CDash/.
>>>>>>> Requests to /CDash/ (showing up as a blank page, but no browser
>>>>>>> errors)
>>>>>>> don't show up in access.log or error.log, nor do requests for
>>>>>>> specific
>>>>>>> files (ie. index.php or login.php) show up in the log files (but they
>>>>>>> still produce the 'What would you like Firefox to do with this file?'
>>>>>>> prompt).  Attempts to save the file when prompted, result in 0 byte
>>>>>>> files.
>>>>>>> My PHP test file (with phpinfo() request that works as expected)
>>>>>>> resides
>>>>>>> in the same directory as CDash, with the same file permissions.
>>>>>>> -Daniel
>>>>>>> Julien Jomier wrote:
>>>>>>>> Hi Daniel,
>>>>>>>> Could you check if you have the XSLT package for PHP installed? I
>>>>>>>> think
>>>>>>>> it's php5-xsl for ubuntu. The XSLT does the translation of the XSL
>>>>>>>> template and ultimately generates the HTML pages so that might be
>>>>>>>> the
>>>>>>>> issue.
>>>>>>>> Also, did you check the apache/php error logs, maybe you can dig up
>>>>>>>> some
>>>>>>>> hints from the file? they should be in /var/logs/apache2/error.log.
>>>>>>>> Let us know,
>>>>>>>> Julien
>>>>>>>> On 1/25/2010 10:58 PM, Daniel Bentley wrote:
>>>>>>>>> This one has been bugging the heck out of me, but I haven't found a
>>>>>>>>> solution for it yet.
>>>>>>>>> This is an install on Ubuntu 9.10.  I have Apache set up so that
>>>>>>>>> http
>>>>>>>>> (port 80) and https (port 443) point to the same document root,
>>>>>>>>> under
>>>>>>>>> which is the directory CDash with the installation.
>>>>>>>>> I can verify that PHP is working correctly, by creating a test.php
>>>>>>>>> with
>>>>>>>>> phpinfo() is this directory.  It displays the information as
>>>>>>>>> expected.
>>>>>>>>> However, when I try going to
>>>>>>>>> http://mymachine.mydomain.tld/CDash/ (or
>>>>>>>>> https://), my browser thinks about it for a few moments, then
>>>>>>>>> delivers a
>>>>>>>>> blank page (blank even in source).  If I try to access a page
>>>>>>>>> directly
>>>>>>>>> (ie. index.php), I get a 'What should Firefox do with this file?'
>>>>>>>>> dialog
>>>>>>>>> prompt.  Even when saving the file this way, the resulting file is
>>>>>>>>> still
>>>>>>>>> blank.
>>>>>>>>> Usually the 'What should Firefox do with this file?' response comes
>>>>>>>>> from
>>>>>>>>> an incorrect/missing PHP configuration at the Apache level that
>>>>>>>>> affects
>>>>>>>>> ALL PHP.  But this behavior I'm getting, has PHP working with some
>>>>>>>>> pages
>>>>>>>>> (the phpinfo() test page), but not CDash.  Any ideas on why this
>>>>>>>>> might
>>>>>>>>> be?
>>>>>>>>> -Daniel
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