Trac quick start on Debian

Trac is pretty easy to set up on Debian, here’s a mini guide of what I did to get it working nice and quick. You’ll probably want to configure users etc afterwards, but this should be enough to get going.


apt-get install trac libapache2-mod-wsgi

Initiate the trac environment:

trac-admin /var/www/srdev/trac/ initenv

Set permissions:

chown -R www-data /var/www/srdev/trac/

Install the wsgi script and web resources. The first argument before ‘deploy’ should match the install environment (the path above.) The second argument following ‘deploy’ can probably go anywhere, but I just shoved it in the trac dir.

trac-admin /var/www/srdev/trac/ deploy /var/www/srdev/trac/www/

Next, we need to tell apache how to call the wsgi script, we do this using an alias. You can use / if you just want it to be in the same dir as your virtualhost, but in my case I wanted trac to be in a sub directory of the site ( Add this to your virtual host (/etc/apache2/sites-enabled/whatever.)

The directory directive specifies some permissions for the script.

WSGIScriptAlias /trac /var/www/srdev/trac/www/cgi-bin/trac.wsgi
<Directory /var/www/srdev/trac/www/cgi-bin/trac.wsgi>
WSGIApplicationGroup %{GLOBAL}
Order deny,allow
Allow from all

Finally, enable the wsgi module, and then restart apache. Now it *should* work 🙂

a2enmod wsgi
/etc/init.d/apache2 restart

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