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Alfresco 3.4a community on CentOS 5.5

by lmarzke last modified Oct 07, 2010 04:10 PM
Howto install Alfresco 3.4a Community on CentOS 5.5

see Also:  Alfresco 3.4a on Ubuntu 10.04 64 bit 


Normally I use Ubuntu server, but to minimize hassles with the new Alfresco 3.4a release ( which uses the new installer.bin format ) I've used CentOS 5.5 instead.

I'm installing to Vsphere 4.0 on ESX 4.0, BTW.

Please send any errors/comments to lmarzke [at] 4aero [.] com



  1. Install Centos 5.5 from the 1st DVD, installing the "server" option and no other options.
  2. Install all updates
    yum update
  3. Remove conflicting FTP server, and Install dependancies
    yum erase vsftpd
    yum install ImageMagick
  4. For some reason the Alfresco included swftools package doesn't run because of a library dependency on   I just compiled a fresh version
    tar -xzvf swftools...
    yum install gcc gcc-c++ automake zlib-devel libjpeg-devel giflib-devel freetype-devel
    cd swftools
    make install
  5. Update Alfresco to use the new swftools
    vi /opt/alfresco/tomcat/shared/classes/
    change lines as follows:
    - swf.exe=/opt/alfresco-3.4.a/common/bin/pdf2swf
    + swf.exe=/usr/local/bin/swf2pdf
  6. After the 1st client logs into Alfreso, it seems a 2nd copy of OpenOffice is started resulting in high 100% cpu usage.  Edit line 191 of the script as follows to avoid starting the 1st instance of OO.
    ---    2010-10-05 20:11:19.000000000 -0400
    +++ 2010-10-05 20:16:25.000000000 -0400
    @@ -189,7 +189,7 @@
             if test -x $OPENOFFICE_SCRIPT; then
    -            $OPENOFFICE_SCRIPT start  
    +            $OPENOFFICE_SCRIPT status  



  1. This installer runs mysql, OO, and alfresco as root.    Not very suitable for usage on the Internet !   I'll try fixing this later.

  2. I would like to run behind Apache using mod_jk or Apache re-write rules.  To be added later.




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