Building Mapguide on Ubuntu 7.10 Server

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NOT ready for Prime Time!!!

Below are instructions that will aid a user with installing FDO 3.3 and MapGuide Open Source 2.0 from SVN trunk on Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon) Server. It is based on previous instructions, credit to their authors!


By the time you read this, FDO 3.3 and MapGuide 2.0 may have their own branches in SVN. If so, just swap out references to /trunk/ with the appropriate /branch/* where necessary.

The default directory used in these instructions is called /home/administrator. This assumes that you create your primary user account with the name "administrator". If you do not, mentally adjust where necessary.

You may want to consider using a client like PuTTY to access your server's terminal via openssh-server from a different computer. This really helps with copying and pasting. If so, either ensure that you install the OpenSSH server during your basic install, or add "openssh-server" to the list of packages below.

Install a basic Ubuntu Server 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon). Once this is complete, you will have to add some additional packages to compile MapGuide.

Type the following in Terminal to install these prerequisite build tools:

sudo apt-get install build-essential bison flex automake1.7 automake1.9 libtool doxygen subversion
sudo apt-get install libjpeg62-dev libexpat1-dev libxalan110-dev libxslt1-dev expat
sudo apt-get install libcurl4-openssl-dev libasound2-Dev python2.5-dev sun-java5-jdk

If Java fails to install, you may need to edit /etc/apt/sources.list to uncomment the multiverse repository lines and then try installing it again

(make note of which version of Java was installed, and use the correct one below)

export JAVA_HOME=/usr/lib/jvm/java-1.5.0-sun-

To avoid "bad fd number" errors, type the following in the terminal:

sudo dpkg-reconfigure dash

and choose No at the prompt. Be aware that this changes your default /bin/sh from dash back to bash.

Prepare your SVN profile to use the appropriate options for FDO and MapGuide. Type the following at the Terminal.

(this just sets up your initial .subversion settings folder)

svn info

(edit ~/.subversion/config)

nano .subversion/config

You can enable options by removing the comments (# ) in front of them, or just add new lines to the appropriate locations.

In the Miscellany section, enable:


In the Auto-Props section, add:


Save and close the config file.


In terminal type the following:

mkdir fdosvn

(be prepared to wait a long time for this command to complete, the test data takes a while to download)

svn checkout fdosvn

(type in your password after the following command if prompted)

sudo mkdir /usr/local/fdo-3.3.0

(if you are not logged in as administrator, you change the userid below!)

sudo chown administrator /usr/local/fdo-3.3.0
cd fdosvn
source ./

In terminal, type the following to run the builds. Note, there will be no output from either command until completion as it is all being spooled to nohup.out. You can log into another terminal session and tail this file if you start getting antsy :-)

nohup ./ > build_thirdparty.log
nohup ./ > build_linux.log


In Terminal type the following:

cd ~

(you should now be in /home/administrator, or whatever your $HOME is)

mkdir mgsvn
svn co mgsvn
sudo mkdir /usr/local/mapguideopensource

(replace administrator with your userid if necessary)

sudo chown administrator /usr/local/mapguideopensource
cd mgsvn/Oem/LinuxApt

(careful when copying and pasting this line, the - got changed into . for me)

find . -name "*.gz" -exec tar xzf {} \;
nohup ./ > ../../build_apt.log


Perform the following:

cd ~/mgsvn/
nohup ./ > build_oem.log


Go for the gusto:

 libtoolize --force
 automake --add-missing --copy
 nohup make > make_mapguide.log

Here be Dragons - Uncharted territory not yet tested

make install

Not sure yet if these are needed...

sudo chown administrator /usr/lib/python2.4

sudo chown administrator /usr/lib/python2.5

To activate webstudio, you have to copy the files to the webserverextension folder as follows:

cp -R /home/administrator/mgdev/1.2.x/MgDev/Web/src/webstudio “SPACE” /usr/local/mapguideopensource/webserverextensions/www/webstudio

The above command should be all one line, with a 'space' between webstudio and /usr

Reboot the server

To start Mapguide on the server:

cd /usr/local/mapguideopensource/webtierextensions/apache2/bin


cd /usr/local/mapguideopensource/server/bin