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public-inbox (server-side) installation
---------------------------------------

This is for folks who want to setup their own public-inbox instance.
Clients should see https://ssoma.public-inbox.org/INSTALL.html instead
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

Requirements
------------

public-inbox requires a number of other packages to access its full
functionality.  The core tools are, of course:

* Git
* Perl
* SQLite (needed for Xapian use)

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                   deb: libdatetime-perl
                                rpm: perl-Time-ParseDate

* Email::MIME                   deb: libemail-mime-perl
                                rpm: perl-Email-MIME

* Email::MIME::ContentType      deb: libemail-mime-contenttype-perl
                                rpm: perl-Email-MIME-ContentType

* Encode::MIME::Header          deb: libencode-perl
                                rpm: perl-Encode

Where "deb" indicates package names for Debian-derived distributions and
"rpm" is for RPM-based distributions (only known to work on Fedora).

Numerous optional modules are likely to be useful as well:

  - Plack                      deb: libplack-perl
                               rpm: perl-Plack, perl-Plack-Test,
                                    perl-Plack-Middleware-ReverseProxy,
                                    perl-Plack-Middleware-Deflater
                               (for HTML/Atom generation)

  - URI::Escape                deb: liburi-perl
                               rpm: perl-URI
                               (for HTML/Atom generation)

  - Search::Xapian             deb: libsearch-xapian-perl
                               rpm: perl-Search-Xapian
                               (for NNTP service or gzipped mbox over HTTP)

  - IO::Compress::Gzip         deb: perl-modules (or libio-compress-perl)
                               rpm: perl-PerlIO-gzip
                               (for gzipped mbox over HTTP)

  - DBI                        deb: libdbi-perl
                               rpm: perl-DBI
                               (for gzipped mbox over HTTP)

  - DBD::SQLite                deb: libdbd-sqlite3-perl
                               rpm: perl-DBD-SQLite
                               (for NNTP service or gzipped mbox over HTTP)

  - Danga::Socket              deb: libdanga-socket-perl
                               rpm: perl-Danga-Socket
                               (for bundled HTTP and NNTP servers)

  - Net::Server                deb: libnet-server-perl
                               rpm: perl-Net-Server
                               (for HTTP/NNTP servers as standalone daemons)

  - Filesys::Notify::Simple    deb: libfilesys-notify-simple-perl
                               rpm: perl-Filesys-Notify-Simple
                               (for public-inbox-watch)


On Fedora systems, you'll probably also end up wanting
perl-Test-HTTP-Server-Simple, perl-Devel-Peek, and perl-IPC-Run to run the
test suite.

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:

        https://bugs.debian.org/808610

For Debian 8.x (jessie), this means using Debian 8.5 or later.

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 the public-inbox-overview(7) man page for the next steps once the
installation is complete.

Copyright
---------

Copyright 2013-2018 all contributors <meta@public-inbox.org>
License: AGPL-3.0+ <https://www.gnu.org/licenses/agpl-3.0.txt>
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Beyond that, there is a long list of Perl modules required, starting with: 
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Code repositories for project(s) associated with this inbox:

	https://80x24.org/public-inbox.git

This is a public inbox, see mirroring instructions
for how to clone and mirror all data and code used for this inbox;
as well as URLs for read-only IMAP folder(s) and NNTP newsgroup(s).