Monday, September 23, 2013


Download the latest release in 

Unpack that tar ball. I choose to install in /data/apache2.
  •  tar -zxvf phpsysinfo-"$version"-tar.gz -c /data/apache2
Set up sysinfo.
  •  cd /data/apache2/phpsysinfo-"$version" 
  •  cp -v phpsysinfo.ini 
Set permission.
  •  chown -Rv wwwrun:www /data/apache2/phpsysinfo-"$version" 

Add an entry to apache2 config
  •  vi /etc/apache2/conf.d/phpSysInfo.conf 

Add the entry below

  Alias /sysinfo /data/apache2/phpsysinfo-"$version"

  <Directory /data/apache2/phpsysinfo-"$version">
     Options Indexes MultiViews FollowSymLinks
     Order allow,deny
     Allow from all


Again the only thing to adjust to your set up is /data/apache2.

Restart apache2
  •  systemctl restart apache2.service 

Type the url on your browser
  •  localhost/sysinfo 

Thursday, September 19, 2013

phpVirtualBox on openSUSE reloaded

phpVirtualBox home page has been moved from google to sourceforge it is in  You will need to install VirtualBox since it is just a front end.  before you can use this app. Refer to my guide on how you can install vbox.  After you have installed vbox you will install a web server. We will use apache2 as an example. You can either use yast2 software management to install the lamp_server pattern and some php packages or use our friend zypper.

  In this setup i choose to install to a different directory than /srv/www/htdocs. So just in case something unrecoverable happens :P in my system i will not delete the directory where phpvirtuablox resides. Here i choose /data/apache2. You can put it any where you like just replace the config entry in apache2.

    To install the packages using zypper
      •     zypper in patterns-openSUSE-lamp_server php5-soap      

         Create an entry for apache2
          •     vi /etc/apache2/conf.d/phpvirtualbox.conf   

          The only thing you need to replace to meet your setup is    /data/apache2  the rest is as-is.

            Alias /phpvirtualbox  /data/apache2/phpvirtualbox

            <Directory   /data/apache2/phpvirtualbox>
               Options Indexes MultiViews FollowSymLinks
               AllowOverride All
               Order allow,deny
               Allow from all

             Unpack that zip file using unzip into /data/apache2.
              •   unzip phpvirtualbox-"$version".zip -d /data/apache2/ && cd /data/apache2 
                Rename that file to just phpvirtualbox
                  •   mv -v phpvirtualbox-"$version" phpvirtualbox && cd phpvirtualbox 

                    Now rename the php file
                      •  mv config.php-example config.php 

                        Edit that config.php file and put the name of the user which uses virtualbox and the corresponding line and do it like this.
                            var $username = 'jetchisel';                                  
                            var $password = 'mypassword';

                          •   var $ location = '';  

                          •  var $consoleHost = 'IP ADDRESS OF YOUR COMPUTER'; 

                          Create an file called virtualbox in /etc/default and put something like this.


                          Set permissions as root run the following commands.

                            •   chgrp -Rv vboxusers /data/apache2/phpvirtualbox  
                            •   chmod -Rv 775 /data/apache2/phpvirtualbox   

                               Edit that config.php file, un comment out the following.

                                  var $startStopConfig = true;
                                  var $enableAdvancedConfig = true;

                                For the deprecated system V.
                                   Download the vboxinit for SuSE.
                                    •  wget -O vboxinit 
                                      copy the script to /etc/init.d
                                        •  cp -v vboxinit /etc/init.d/vboxinit 
                                          set permission.
                                            •  chmod u+rx /etc/init.d/vboxinit  
                                              Enable init script.
                                                •  chkconfig vboxinit on  
                                                     Check the script if it is working
                                                          •  /etc/init.d/vboxinit {start|stop|restart|status} 

                                                          Enable the init scripts at boot time.

                                                              •   chkconfig vboxweb-service on 

                                                              Restart the init scripts as root run the following.
                                                              •  service vboxautostart-service restart 
                                                              •  service vboxweb-service restart 

                                                              For SYSTEMD

                                                               Download the systemd version  for SuSE.
                                                              •  wget 
                                                              You can save it to any place you want even in /home/user/bin. In this example i choose to put in  to /usr/lib/systemd/
                                                              •  cp -v systemd-vboxinit /usr/lib/systemd 
                                                              Set permissions
                                                              •  chmod ug+x /usr/lib/systemd/systemd-vboxinit 
                                                              •  chgrp vboxusers /usr/lib/systemd/systemd-vboxinit

                                                              Create a systemd unit  "vboxvmservice.service" (or any name that suits you)
                                                              inside /usr/lib/systemd/system and add the entry below: Replace " username " with the user that belongs to the vboxusers group.


                                                                     Description=VBox Virtual Machine  Service


                                                                     ExecStart=/usr/lib/systemd/systemd-vboxinit start
                                                                     ExecStop=/usr/lib/systemd/systemd-vboxinit stop



                                                              If you choose to save the systemd-vboxinit script in another path and not /usr/lib/systemd then you need to adjust the following entry.

                                                              •  ExecStart=/path/to/file/systemd-vboxinit start
                                                              •  ExecStop=/paht/to/file/systemd-vboxinit stop 

                                                              Start that newly created unit.
                                                              •   systemctl start vboxvmservice.service 
                                                              Enable the service at boot time.
                                                              •  systemctl enable vboxvmservice.service 

                                                              Enable the init scripts;

                                                                •  systemctl enable vboxweb-service.service 

                                                                Start and enable apache2.
                                                                •   systemctl start apache2.service 
                                                                •  systemctl enable apache2.service 

                                                                In your browser type the url below:
                                                                •   localhost/phpvirtualbox  

                                                                First log in:
                                                                •  username: admin 
                                                                •  password: admin  

                                                                After a log in you can add a user that can handle your vms.

                                                                Configure vms in phpvirtualbox's graphical menu.
                                                                •  Settings --> General --> Basic --> "StartupMode --> Automatic" 

                                                                 An example of running vms at boot.

                                                                Checking the status of your unit after booting.

                                                                Zip file from github:

                                                                You can search phpvirtualbox for an rpm package of this in OBS.

                                                                Kudos to Mr. Ian Moore the author of phpvirtuabox.