This documentation is meant for installation of the OpenOLAT pre-compiled binary as war-file. If you want to use the newest daily builds, go to the mercurial repository and download and compile OpenOLAT yourself.
The following steps should get you a working OpenOLAT with a basic configuration. The how-to is mostly based on a OpenSuSE 12.1 with tomcat6 from repository.
If you encounter any problems ask other OpenOLAT-users on the mailinglist, see www.openolat.org.
a) install tomcat / jre.
You can use a standard Tomcat-application server that comes with your operating system (or download from http://tomcat.apache.org/download-70.cgi) for OpenSuSE, you can do a "sudo zypper in tomcat6 tomcat6-admin-webapps tomcat6-webapps"
you will need a running mysql-server. Either use your distro repositories or go to http://www.mysql.com/downloads/mysql/
c) Optional: it may be needed that you assign more memory to your tomcat, as your OpenOLAT might crash with too less memory.
edit /etc/tomcat6/tomcat6.conf and add or modify "CATALINA_OPTS=-Xmx512m"
Download the war-file with stable OpenOLAT 8.0.x
rename to openolat.war or whatever context you want to run OpenOLAT with.
mkdir -p /opt/openolat/olatdata
give permissions to tomcat user
sudo chown -R tomcat:tomcat /opt/openolat/olatdata
a) use tomcat-manager application, access it by http://localhost:8080/manager/html
make sure you can login to it. Else follow the informations in the error-page.
b) upload your war-file in "WAR file to deploy"
a) prepare olat.local.properties, see http://hg.openolat.org/openolat/file/tip/olat.local.properties.sample
as long as you keep the proposed settings, you won't need to change the file content. Else use your favourite editor to change it.
wget -O olat.local.properties http://hg.openolat.org/openolat/file/tip/olat.local.properties.sample
b) symlink to them,
sudo ln -s /opt/openolat/olat.local.properties /usr/share/tomcat6/webapps/openolat/WEB-INF/classes/olat.local.properties
c) allow following symlinks, so you can keep your olat.local.properties even after updates of OpenOLAT
change "<Context>" to "<Context allowLinking="true">"
a) you could use the helper-script in http://hg.openolat.org/openolat/file/tip/scripts/dbAndUserSetup.sh
chmod +x dbAndUserSetup.sh
enter correct values in olat.local.properties should you have choosen others than "openolat" for database name, user and password
b) import initial database
enter "openolat" or choosen database-password for user openolat when asked:
mysql -u openolat -p openolat < setupDatabase.sql
sudo /etc/init.d/tomcat6 restart
enjoy and have fun!
Please let us know your ideas and comments on the mailinglist, any bug reports on jira.openolat.org