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These are the defaults we create and use during the standard installation process, in helper scripts and other places. None of these locations are set in stone - they're simply the values that we've chosen.

Default directories for a standard install

Fully qualified domain name of your server yourserver.test
name of administrative access account remadmin
OpenACS service service0
OpenACS service account service0
OpenACS database name service0
SERVERROOT - base of the OpenACS service file tree /var/lib/aolserver/service0
Location of source code tarballs for new software /var/tmp
The OpenACS tarball contains some files which are useful while setting up other software. Those files are located at: /var/lib/aolserver/service0/packages/acs-core-docs/www/files
Database backup directory /var/lib/aolserver/service0/database-backup
Service config files /var/lib/aolserver/service0/etc
Service log files /var/lib/aolserver/service0/log
Base compile directory /usr/local/src
PostgreSQL directory /usr/local/pgsql
AOLserver directory /usr/local/aolserver

Some instructions provide cut and paste conveniences

In order for some copy and paste instructions to work in your bash shell, you must set the environment variable $OPENACS_SERVICE_NAME. Add this line to your .bashrc or .profile_bash file to set the environment variable for a specific user:

export OPENACS_SERVICE_NAME=service0

To set it globally so that it works for any new users or special service users you may create, add the above line to the file /etc/profile

$OPENACS_SERVICE_NAME is set to the value of service0 on a default install. Change service0 to a word that better represents your project. The other values we recommend you leave unchanged unless you have a reason to change them.

A service name ($OPENACS_SERVICE_NAME) should be a single word, letters and numbers only. If the name of your site is one word, that would be a good choice. For example "$OPENACS_SERVICE_NAME" might be the service name for the website.

Some discussion that lead to these default values:

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