[Deploying Sakai] Very general advice regarding RHEL, MySQL

Robert Cohen robert.cohen at anu.edu.au
Tue Sep 6 22:31:47 PDT 2011

We're using RHEL 5.
No specific issues with any particular versions.

Where ever possible I prefer to use the packages from redhat. That way  a
"yum update" gets you any relevant security fixes.

Unfortunately, for sakai, you can't use the RHEL tomcat package.

So pretty much the only sakai related package you can use as are
mysql,apache and java-sun
And the mysql that comes with RHEL5 is 5.0. So if you want 5.1 you'll need
to install you're own mysql also.

Anyway, the non standard packages we installed are


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From:  Colin Tatham <colin.tatham at unimelb.edu.au>
Date:  Wed, 07 Sep 2011 04:49:34 +0000
To:  production <production at collab.sakaiproject.org>
Subject:  [Deploying Sakai] Very general advice regarding RHEL, MySQL

> Very general advice regarding RHEL, MySQL
> HI
> I¹ve recently moved to Melbourne Uni (from Oxford), and although I¹m a
> developer, I¹m going to be heavily involved in the proposed move from a
> commercial hosting arrangement, to our central IT Services.
> We¹ll be moving from CentOS to RHEL.
> Judging by the production details in Confluence, RHEL 5 is used by quite a few
> institutions ‹ are there any issues with specific versions of RHEL 5? We¹ll
> probably go for the latest.
> Similarly with MySQL, we¹ll be using 5.1, but are there any issues with
> specific versions? Better to install using a package manager or download an
> RPM from MySQL?
> Thanks!
> Colin
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