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Operating system support


Operating system support

Aegir is primarily developed on Debian GNU/Linux, but it supports a whole slew of other platforms, Debian packages have been available for that platform for a while and the install instructions have been originally written primarily for Debian.

This page documents Aegir support for various operating system, including specifics on how it is best recommended to install Aegir on those platforms, quirks and problems, packaging issues and coordination.

1. Debian support

1.1. Fully supported

Aegir is fully supported in Debian, with multiple reports of successful installations, both manual and automatic installs and upgrades.

1.2. Packaging complete

Debian packaging is currently done in Koumbit's private repositories, as documented in the install instructions.

Drush is also fully supported in Debian, with regularly Debian packages in unstable, Wheezy, and Squeeze-backports.

Drush make doesn't yet have a Debian package.

To building Debian packages, follow those instructions.

2. Ubuntu support

2.1. Well supported

Because none of the core developpers actually run Ubuntu daily, it is less well supported. But because Ubuntu is actually based on Debian, lots of people are happily running Aegir on Ubuntu without problems.

2.2. Packaging almost complete

Through the Debian packages, packaging is almost complete. The key piece missing is Drush in Ubuntu Maverick and previous versions. See this bug report for more information.

(Ubuntu synced Drush 4.4 in Natty Narwhal 11.04, which should be released by the end of april, but we're still looking for a Ubuntu MOTU to handle the backporting on the Ubuntu side of things.)

There are unofficial install scripts also available for Ubuntu:

3. Arch Linux

3.1. Well supported

Some people definitely run Aegir in Arch Linux, as the manual install process documentation has extensive details of the Arch Linux specific steps.

3.2. No packaging

Unfortunately, no package is available for this platform.

4. CentOS and Redhat-descendants

4.1. Well supported

A few people are running Aegir on RedHat and related operating systems, mostly CentOS. There are a few tricks documented in the manual install process but it's still fairly straightward to install.

4.2. No packaging

Unfortunately, no package is available for this platform, we are looking for volunteers to write a spec file to create RPMs.

5. Gentoo

5.1. Supported

We believe that Aegir works on Gentoo right now, according to this post. Follow the manual install instructions.

5.2. No packaging

No packages are provided on this platform.

6. Mac OS X

6.1. Partially supported

OS X can be difficult for web developers, because it doesn't ship with a good Apache/PHP/MySQL stack and the UNIX internals are a bit awkward. Still, Aegir was originally developed on OS X, so it's perfectly possible to use Aegir on OS X.

6.2. No packaging

There are currently no packages for OS X and none planned. Special instructions are provided for installing on OS X but once it's installed, the usage should be similar to other platforms, including for upgrades.

7. Solaris

7.1. Supported

There are at least two Solaris installs out there, and significant work was done to make sure that Aegir was UNIX-agnostic enough to respect Solaris' idiosyncracies. The manual install instructions include some of those exceptions clearly documented and outline. Because the upgrade can be iffy, it is recommended to upgrade using the full manual install process.

7.2. No packaging

No packages are provided on this platform.

8. FreeBSD

8.1. Supported

We had one report of Aegir being installable on FreeBSD. The pre-requesites have not yet been merged into the main install instructions (see #659024 for followup on that), so you'll need a bit of guesswork.

8.2. No packaging

No packages are provided on this platform, but it should be fairly simple to make a port inspired by the Debian packaging, considering how it currently works.

9. Other platforms

Other platforms are probably supported but those have not been explicitly and clearly documented so they are not yet included here. Feel free to edit this page to add a section for those users!

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