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Superdesk install script
  • *** Edit 12/10/2020
    The version I edited seems to work okay on Ubuntu 18.04. It fails on Ubuntu 20.04 during npm install, more specifically when installing node-sass with a 404 error. Installing node-sass v5 is easy enough but the script still tries to install v4.12.0 which just doesn't work on U20. 

    You can install with:

    or visit my site. This is simply an edit of one of the script used in the docs and it usually more recent versions of Node.js, MongoDB and Elasticsearch.


    I don't know if there's any need or use but I did modify the current script for a fresh install on Ubuntu 19.10. It's still imperfect and needs some testing. Currently set to install off the master branch with publisher and analytics (unless I totally missed something). Currently no simple setup for domain name and mail settings.

    I have my script and an email address at bmgid.com

    Feedback is welcome of course.
    Post edited by Bryan Garland at 2020-12-10 08:50:29
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  • Do you think it could work on 18.04 or 20.04 - both of which are LTS versions of Ubuntu? I would recommend using an LTS distribution version of Ubuntu as you don't have to upgrade to in-between versions.

  • I am trying to install on 20.04 and I use the command in the install article and it has an issue with the ppa not have an appropriate release file. Any ideas or do I need to download and install that way?
  • I am currently working on an updated version as this does not currently work on 20.04. As far as I know it does work on 18.04. I have also run into a couple issues that seem a bit odd.

    The current plan is to touch this one up for one shot install on 18.04 and finish the 20.04 script.
  • I am trying to install on 20.04 and I use the command in the install article and it has an issue with the ppa not have an appropriate release file. Any ideas or do I need to download and install that way?

    Until I finish the edit you will need to install that way. The only reason it hasn't been completed yet is I was pulled away for a bit. I will be working on it later today and my hope is it will not take long. Stay tuned.

  • I just published what I have for install scripts on my site. You can visit http://bmg.dirigo.us or run them directly:

    curl -s http://bmg.dirigo.us/install | sudo bash

    or for Ubuntu 20.04:

    curl -s http://bmg.dirigo.us/install20 | sudo bash
    Post edited by Bryan Garland at 2020-05-22 20:07:45
  • I will test your installation process, Bryan. I'll get back to you with my findings.

    If I were you I would create install scripts for:
    18.04 (LTS)
    20.04 (LTS)

    I wouldn't bother with non-lts versions as it would mean upgrading when you get to those seasonal upgrades.


  • Hello Bryan, Trond...
    has anyone successfully installed Superdesk 2.0 RC on Ubuntu 18.04?

    Post edited by RobertB at 2020-09-02 07:21:02
  • I have been out of the game for a bit. I very recently made minor edits for the RC to be installed on Ubuntu 16.04LTS. I know it's a step backward but I'll be making some changes soon.
  • Correction.

    I have seemingly installed Superdesk on Ubuntu 18.04 successfully. The script I edited/used is on the discussion titled Superdesk RC Installation as well as http://dirigo.us/bmg/2020/09/28/superdesk-rc-installation/
    Post edited by Bryan Garland at 2020-09-28 16:47:14
  • I have been working on moving stuff to a different domain. I have recently moved and tried the following:

    This script still installs from the master github repo. 

    It should be noted, this does not install the planning and assignment modules by default. The demo or RC installations do.
    Post edited by Bryan Garland at 2020-11-18 17:01:32
  • We have some beta install instructions for getting Superdesk setup in a couple of steps in a Docker environment. It's not 100% there yet (there are still a few bugs to iron out), but feedback would be greatly appreciated: https://gist.github.com/nickdbush/95d8dfee0fa49d8b4635ceac2d264a9d
  • Please reach out with any feedback to nicholas.bush@sourcefabric.org - we would greatly appreciate it!
    Post edited by Nicholas Bush at 2020-11-23 10:19:37
  • The docker installation works great from what I can tell. It is import to note that you do need to go through the docker installation steps on the linked page in step 1 for it to work.