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I am relatively new to Ubuntu- about a year- and I have still yet to figure out how to install something that is not in the software center, nor have I figured out how to use SPM for files that are not already listed. I currently run 12.04

I am trying to test run some inventory management software

http://www.inventory-management.org/

and all of the basic "this is how you install things dummy" articles are not yielding any results.

It's web based somehow but I have to install something? I don't know, I'm just looking for a way to stop manually counting inventory on a spreadsheet every week at work. There is no .deb file that I can find to cram it in to the software center. I'm stuck and at the end of my tiny little thread of knowledge about this process.

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Looking at the package, you need to have php5, mysql, and php5-mysql. You also need to have a webserver installed that can serve the pages in the package. Most people tend to use Apache, which can be installed with apache2. Don't forget that you will also need the PHP5 plugin for Apache, so Apache knows how to handle PHP files. You can install that with libapache2-mod-php5.

Basically:

sudo apt-get install php5 mysql-server php5-mysql apache2 libapache2-mod-php5 libapache2-mod-auth-mysql

After that, you will need to setup Apache with the configuration that you would like it to run, such as where it should serve files from. I believe Apache2 defaults to using /var/www these days. You will also have to setup the PHP5 and MySQL extensions in Apache2.

You will also need PHPMyAdmin installed, unless you want to import the site.sql file manually. You can install PHPMyAdmin with:

sudo apt-get install phpmyadmin

If you'd rather not install PHPMyAdmin, you can always just import the site.sql file through MySQL on the command line. Taken straight from the manpages of MySQL:

sudo apt-get install mysql-client
mysql db_name < script.sql > output.tab

There is an article here that covers installing the LAMP stack on Ubuntu.

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