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This manual was tested with Amazon Linux AMI 2011-02.1 Beta. Its intention is to show how to set up a simple SQL-Ledger server and to make you familiar with cloud servers, but it doesn't mention any of the security measures that are required to protect a system that is publicly accessible.
Amazon Web Services is a commercial service, you'll have to pay for computer time, data transfer and disk storage. The actual prices are found here. To test a server as described in this guide will cost you not more than around USD 0.10; just don't forget to terminate the virtual machine at the end, so the server and its hard disk can be deleted.
To connect to the server, you will need a Secure Shell (SSH) client that is able to work with key files. While Linux and MacOS contain such a program, you have to install it first on Windows. The recommended SSH program for Windows is Putty. You get it from the Putty download page. Install either the full package or at least putty.exe and puttygen.exe.
To start a server, go to the AWS Management Console. You need an Amazon.com account to log in. If you already bought books or CDs at Amazon.com, you can use your existing account, otherwise create a new one. In the Management Console in the EC2 tab
You get a file named “SQL-Ledger.pem”. Remember the place where you save it. On Windows, you have to convert it using PuTTYgen:
The key files contain secret information. Take care to store them at a secure place.
Let's continue in the Management Console:
Virtual servers on Amazon can have different statuses. The most important are:
You can restart, stop and terminate a server from within the Management Console.
Copy the IP address of the virtual server from “Public DNS” in the Description tag of the Management Console. From now on, these address will be referred as <amazon_ip>.
Login to the server:
Change to the folder where you saved the key file, change the file permissions and connect to the server.
cd <path_to_key_file> chmod 400 SQL-Ledger.pem ssh -i SQL-Ledger.pem ec2-user@<amazon_ip>
To be able to install the software, we have to change to the “root” account. In this way, we get administrator rights. Type:
Try neither from Linux nor from Windows to log in directly as root to your Amazon Linux AMI.
With the following command, we install the packages we need for SQL-Ledger:
yum install httpd postgresql-server perl-DBD-Pg git-core texlive-latex
Answer yes (“y”) to all questions. Next we have to start the web server and the database:
service httpd start service postgresql initdb servive postgresql start To set these servers to automatic starting at boot time, we open the program
and select “httpd” and “postgresql” as services that should be started automatically.
We will install SQL-Ledger in the folder /usr/local/sql-ledger. For this, we change to /usr/local:
To install the original SQL-Ledger, type:
git clone git://github.com/Tekki/sql-ledger.git
Because of a security leak , the template editor is disabled in the above repository. It is recommended not to use the master, but the full branch:
cd /usr/local/sql-ledger git checkout -b full origin/full
The full branch contains some additional features like WLprinter (see below) or an extended admin interface.
For the Ledger123 type:
git clone git://github.com/ledger123/ledger123.git sql-ledger
Next, you have to create a spool directory, change the access rights to some files and folders and copy sql-ledger.conf.default to sql-ledger.conf.
cd /usr/local/sql-ledger mkdir spool chown -hR apache.apache users templates css spool cp sql-ledger.conf.default sql-ledger.conf
If the remote repositories changed, you update your installation with
cd /usr/local/sql-ledger pull
In the Community Version, you have the possibility to update the software using the Software Administration function in the Admin interface. Before it works, you have to give the web server the right to call the git commands. For this, type
Then add the following line to the user privilege section:
apache ALL=(ALL) NOPASSWD: /usr/bin/git
In this example, we don't set up a mail server.
The virtual server has no access to your local network and by that no connection to your printers. For this reason we delete the example printers from sql-ledger.conf with
Move to “# available printers” and change the printer definition to
%printer = ( );
To print out documents, you either have to open PDF files and send them manually to the printer, or you have to install the WLprinter plugin.
WLprinter is a program that allows to print from SQL-Ledger directly and without further installation or configuration to printers connected to client computers. On the client side, it requires Java and on Windows machines Adobe Reader. After the installation, SQL-Ledger automatically provides an additional printer “WLprinter”.
WLprinter is part of the full branch. If you followed the above instructions, this program already installed on your server. It is recommended that you copy the config file wlprinter.conf.default to wlprinter.conf, so you can edit it:
cp wlprinter.conf.default wlprinter.conf
WLprinter isn't available for Ledger123.
Edit the Postgresql database configuration.
Change the line
local all all ident
local all all trust
Restart the database
service postgresql restart
Create a user for SQL-Ledger
su postgres -c "createuser -d -S -R sql-ledger"
Your web server has to know where to find SQL-Ledger. We add a new configuration file and restart the server.
cd /etc/httpd/conf.d wget http://redmine.sql-ledger-network.com/redmine/attachments/9/sql-ledger -O sql-ledger.conf service httpd restart
It should now be possible to access the SQL-Ledger login screen with
There are some additional components that make working with the SQL-Ledger server more comfortable.
Webmin is a web based administration interface for Linux. It is very convenient for a lot of administration tasks. The following code is for 1.580, you may have to change the version number. Check the actual version at the Webmin homepage.
cd /tmp wget http://prdownloads.sourceforge.net/webadmin/webmin-1.580.tar.gz tar -xvzf webmin-1.580.tar.gz cd webmin-1.580 ./setup.sh /usr/local/webmin
Enter an admin name and password, answer yes to start at boot time. Webmin is now available at