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Dash Reports does not provide any installation help. It offers a .war for download and that is it. I guess using Apache Tomcat would be a logical thing to do, but what are the steps to get this piece of software to run?

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To install Dash Reports:

  • Download the binary core tar.gz of Apache Tomcat 7.0 (Assuming Java 1.6 or higher is installed; This method is easier than using Ubuntu's package management which delivers Tomcat using tight security settings)
  • Unpack it somewhere in your home folder (I will be using ~/bin/apache-tomcat-7.0.52)
  • Download the latest release of Dash Reporter
  • Put the .war in Tomcat's webapps folder (eg, ~/bin/apache-tomcat-7.0.52/webapps/dashreports-1.1.war
  • Start Tomcat from the command line
    • Go to Tomcats's binary folder: cd ~/bin/apache-tomcat-7.0.52/bin
    • Start the Tomcat server: ./startup.sh
  • In your browser go to: http://localhost:8080/dashreports-1.1
  • Log in with the default credentials
    • Username: admin
    • Password: password

Some basic Dash Reports usage:

  • Add your database via Manage -> Datasources (if you connect to a remote database, make sure your database user is allowed to connect from the machine where Dash Reports is installed)
  • Create a chart

    • Go to My Groups -> Example Group (this is the default; you can create different groups)
    • Select Chart from the pull-down menu and click Add
    • Type a name and insert your SQL query (it is easiest to create your query in your normal database management program like for example HeidiSQL)
    • An example of an SQL query output useable by Chart:

      | NAME | AGE |
      --------------
      | Mary | 25  |
      | John | 23  |
      | Kate | 27  |
      
    • Under the Layout tab you can set the size of the chart and once you have multiple charts, grids, etc. you can arrange them using Display Column and Display Row
    • Under the Schedule tab you can set when the query has to be run in order to refresh the chart (default is once every minute)
    • For the chart to work, go to tab Chart Details and fill in the Y-Axis Label, X-Axis Column Name and Value Column Name

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