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From: Jonathan Corbet <>
To: Eric Wong <>
Subject: [PATCH] Update the installation instructions with Fedora package names
Date: Tue, 27 Feb 2018 16:36:09 -0700	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <> (raw)

Add a few more details and (especially) the Fedora package names.  I also
took the liberty of reorganizing things slightly while I was there.

Signed-off-by: Jonathan Corbet <>
 INSTALL | 58 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++------------------
 1 file changed, 40 insertions(+), 18 deletions(-)

diff --git a/INSTALL b/INSTALL
index 3758e8d..68fbd66 100644
@@ -8,32 +8,32 @@ if they want to import mail into their personal inboxes.
 TODO: this still needs to be documented better,
 also see the scripts/ and sa_config/ directories in the source tree
-It should also be possible to use public-inbox with only IMAP
-(or even POP(!)) access to a mailbox.
-standard MakeMaker installation (Perl)
-	perl Makefile.PL
-	make
-	make test
-	make install # root permissions may be needed
-* git
-* Perl and several modules:    (Debian package name)
-  - Date::Parse                libtimedate-perl
-  - Email::MIME                libemail-mime-perl
-  - Email::MIME::ContentType   libemail-mime-contenttype-perl
-  - Encode::MIME::Header       perl
+public-inbox requires a number of other packages to access its full
+functionality.  The core tools are, of course:
+* Git
+* Perl
+* Sqlite
-Optional components:
+To accept incoming mail into a public inbox, you'll likely want:
 * MTA - postfix is recommended (for public-inbox-mda)
 * SpamAssassin (spamc/spamd)   (for public-inbox-watch/public-inbox-mda)
+Beyond that, there is a long list of Perl modules required, starting with: 
+* Date::Parse
+* Email::MIME
+* Email::MIME::ContentType
+* Encode::MIME::Header
+On Debian systems, these modules can be had with the libtimedate-perl,
+libemail-mime-perl, and libemail-mime-contenttype-perl packages.  On Fedora
+and similar, install perl-Time-ParseDate and perl-Email-MIME.
 Optional Perl modules:
   - Plack[1]                   libplack-perl
@@ -46,6 +46,13 @@ Optional Perl modules:
   - Net::Server[5]             libnet-server-perl
   - Filesys::Notify::Simple[6] libfilesys-notify-simple-perl
+On Fedora systems the modules you'll want are perl-Plack, perl-Plack-Test,
+perl-Plack-Middleware-ReverseProxy, perl-Plack-Middleware-Deflater,
+perl-URI, perl-Search-Xapian, perl-PerlIO-gzip, perl-DBI, perl-DBD-SQLite,
+perl-Danga-Socket, perl-Net-Server.  You'll probably also end up wanting
+perl-Test-HTTP-Server-Simple, perl-Devel-Peek, perl-IPC-Run, and
 [1] - Optional, needed for serving/generating Atom and HTML pages
 [2] - Optional, only required for NNTP server
 [3] - Optional, needed for gzipped mbox support over HTTP
@@ -53,6 +60,18 @@ Optional Perl modules:
 [5] - Optional, needed for standalone daemonization of HTTP+NNTP servers
 [6] - Optional, needed for public-inbox-watch Maildir watcher
+standard MakeMaker installation (Perl)
+Once the dependencies are installed, you should be able to build and
+install the system (into /usr/local) with:
+	perl Makefile.PL
+	make
+	make test
+	make install # root permissions may be needed
 When installing Search::Xapian, make sure the underlying Xapian
 installation is not affected by an index corruption bug:
@@ -64,6 +83,9 @@ public-inbox will never store unregeneratable data in Xapian
 or any other search database we might use; Xapian corruption
 will not destroy critical data.
+See public-inbox-overview for the next steps once the installation is

             reply	other threads:[~2018-02-27 23:36 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 3+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2018-02-27 23:36 Jonathan Corbet [this message]
2018-02-28  3:55 ` Eric Wong
2018-03-11 16:48   ` Jonathan Corbet

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