Installing !Openmeetings on debian etch

First variant (works with lenny as well):

Download the following debian package:

And install it using sudo dpkg -i red5-openmeetings_1.0.2760.noarch.deb command. All additional utilities, such as Openoffice, Ghostscript, Imagemagick and Swftools should be installed as described below.

Second variant (outdated):

this sample is rather outdated

the installation procedure (if you forget of all 3th party requirements) is as simple as the following:

donwload openmeetings-package (you can download it into your home-directory)
unzip it
cd /openmeetings-package/webapps/openmeetings/conf and configure the hibernate.cfg.xml
cd up again to /openmeetings-package/ run the

that is all!

no copy of any dirs, no /etc/init.d/, ^^ In doubt see what is written down in here: There is no mention of any init.d-script or other copy actions.

In this how-to I’m going to descript way to install OpenMeetings on debian GNU/Linux Etch (4.0), Steps are following way:

  • What we need!
  • Install MySQL
  • Install xvfb and
  • Install ImageMagic & !Ghostscript
  • Install SwfTools
  • Install Java and red5
  • Download openlazslo
  • Install OpenMeetings
  • Installing must new version?
  • Configure OpenMeetings and place files
  • Start every thing
  • !Troobleshooting
  • Author

What We Need

In this article I will use aptitude to install packages, if you don’t have apptitude please install it before going forward :

#apt-get update
#apt-get install aptitude

After aptitude we need Debian GNU/Linux, I use version 4.0 (code name Etch), befor installing any thing else I recommend you to create a directory and manage every thing from there:

#mkdir /root/tmpOpenMeetings/
#cd  /root/tmpOpenMeetings/

Install !MySQL

OpenMeetings can work with wide range of databases, I will install OpenMeetings with MySQL, to install !MySQL server:

aptitude install mysql-server

Add/edit the following lines to /etc/mysql/my.conf to enable localization:


Install xvfb and OpenOffice

If you would like exchange Presentation and Office documentation in OpenMeetings, you will nedd xvfb and

#aptitude install xvfb

Then edit Setup.xcu:

#vim  /usr/lib/openoffice/share/registry/data/org/openoffice/Setup.xcu

You should insert following lines after: <node oor:name=”Office”>:

    <prop oor:name="ooSetupConnectionURL" oor:type="xs:string">

Install ImageMagick and Ghostscript

ImageMagick is a software suite for image manipulation and display, supporting close to 100 image formats. It is mainly used to perform various transformation and conversion operations on images and Ghostscript is a suite of software based on an interpreter for Adobe Systems’ PostScript and Portable Document Format (PDF) page description languages.

To install this tools run:

 #aptitude install imagemagick  gs-gpl


Install SWFTools

SWFTools s a collection of SWF manipulation and creation utilities written by Rainer Böhme and Matthias Kramm. It is released under the GPL.

#aptitude install swftools

If you get this message: “Couldn’t find any package whose name or description matched “swftools” ” please download swftools directly from web with running:


befor installing this ackage should install “libart-2.0-2 ” so run:

#aptitude install libart-2.0-2

and now install SWFTools:

#dpkg -i swftools_0.8.1-1_i386.deb

Install Java and Red5

red5 is a Open Source Flash Server that OpenMeetings based on, so you should install it, and befor installing red5 should install Java Runtime Environment and Java development Kit run:

#aptitude install sun-java5-bin
#aptitude install  sun-java5-demo

If aptitude gives you any error, please download all file with wget and then install

# wget
#dpkg -i sun-java5-demo_1.5.0-13-1_i386.deb sun-java5-jdk_1.5.0-14-1etch1_i386.deb sun-java5-bin_1.5.0-15-1_i386.deb

Now download red5 for Debian GNU/Linux and install it:

#dpkg -i red5_0.6.3-1_all.deb


OpenLaszlo is an open source platform for the development and delivery of rich Internet applications. to installing it, run:

#tar -xvf openlaszlo-4.0.6-unix.tar.gz
#mv lps-4.0.6/ /opt/

Note: there is no need to install OpenLaszlo if you only use the application but don’t want to modify it.

Note: you might would like to have a look at this shell script to start/stop/restart/status, if yes you can use this how-to.

Installing OpenMeetings

Huraaa, making infrastructure is finished, now we are going to download latest OpenMeeting release and instaling it:


To installing OpenMeetings you should tell OM where is your DataBase server and as I use MySQL as my Server, steps are like this:

#cp openmeetings/conf/mysql_hibernate.cfg.xml openmeetings/conf/hibernate.cfg.xml

Now edit file and config your database:

#vim openmeetings/conf/hibernate.cfg.xml

Now change :

            <property name="connection.username"><DB_USER></property>
            <property name="connection.password"><DB_PASSWORD></property>
            <property name="connection.url">jdbc:mysql://<DB_HOST>/<DB_NAME></property>

For example my config look likes:

 <!-- User  / Password -->
                <property name="connection.username">root</property>
                <property name="connection.password">dj76shwrsh16xsvak1</property>

                <!-- Database Settings -->
                <property name="connection.driver_class">com.mysql.jdbc.Driver</property>
                <property name="dialect">org.hibernate.dialect.MySQLInnoDBDialect</property>
                <property name="connection.url">jdbc:mysql://localhost/openmeetings?useUnicode=true&amp;createDatabaseIfNotExist=true&amp;characterEncoding=utf-8</property>

Installing Must new Version?

If you would like get must new version, I mean the version is under development, you should get a Snapshot from current source code, to do this follow this steps, if you don’t like to have any thing more than OpenMeetings latest version or don’t know what’s snapshot, skip this step.

  • nstall Subversion if you don’t have:


#aptitude install subversion

Get (checkout) OpenMeetings latest snapshot:

#svn checkout

I will rename dev to !OpenMeetingsFromSVN and then replace what updated in snapshot (from subversion) with what should be out of date in orginal openmeetings file downloaded from OpenMeetings and OpnLazslo:

# mv dev/ OpenMeetingsFromSVN
#cp -r OpenMeetingsFromSVN/laszlo/client/xmlcrm/videoconference/ /opt/lps-4.0.6/Server/lps-4.0.6/

Configure OpenMeetings

Now, first I update my language files:

#cp OpenMeetingsFromSVN/xmlcrm/java/webapp/openmeetings/languages/*  openmeetings/languages/.

Ok, It’s time to place my OpenMeting in red5 document root to serving:

#cp -r openmeetings/ /usr/lib/red5/webapps/

Start every thing

Now time to start every thing we installed, I will start at first and then OpenLazslo and will start red5 server:

#xvfb-run --server-args='-screen 0 800x600x16' -a /usr/lib/openoffice/program/soffice -headless -nologo -norestore & 
#export JAVA_HOME=/usr/lib/jvm/java-1.5.0-sun
#/etc/init.d/red5 start

Instead of using a virtual frame buffer you may install and use a /etc/init.d/ooomeetings service.

The last part of instalation is web based, with your web browser (Firefox, Opera, IE, …) and servers IP address and port 5080 (default):


For example:

after putting information in forms, OpenMeetings will initialize a DataBase (based on information that we gived to him) and now you can access OpenMeetings first page at:


For example:

Congratulation, OpenMeetings is ready to use🙂

Touble Shooting

If you get any message about locales or fonts, you can use :

#dpkg-reconfigure locales
#aptitude install xfonts-base

If you would like to change rtmp host, you can use:

vim  /opt/lps-4.0.6/Server/lps-4.0.6/videoconference/config.xml

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