MySQL Installation and Configuration

Installing MySQL Server

The TeamDrive Web Portal requires a MySQL database to store its information. This document assumes that the MySQL instance runs on the same host as the Web Portal itself, connecting to it via the local socket file.

Alternatively, it’s possible to use an external MySQL Server. In this case, you need to make sure that this external MySQL instance is reachable via TCP from the Web Portal (usually via TCP port 3306) and that the teamdrive MySQL user account is defined correctly (e.g. the MySQL username in the remote database would become instead of teamdrive@localhost).

Most MySQL installations usually do not allow the root user to log in from a remote host. In this case the installation script is unable to create the dedicated teamdrive user automatically and you need to perform this step manually before performing the installation of the TeamDrive Web Portal databases.

Especially the correct definition of the host part is critical, as MySQL considers username@webportal and as two different user accounts.

To set up the Web Portal using a local MySQL Database, install the MySQL Client and Server packages:

[root@webportal ~]# yum install mysql mysql-server

For reliablility and performance reasons, we recommend placing the MySQL data directory /var/lib/mysql on a dedicated file system or storage volume.

Please start the MySQL server, run the secure installation script and follow the recommendations. Make sure to create a password for the MySQL root user and take note of it:

[root@webportal ~ ]# service mysqld start
Initializing MySQL database:  Installing MySQL system tables...
Filling help tables...

To start mysqld at boot time you have to copy
support-files/mysql.server to the right place for your system

To do so, start the server, then issue the following commands:

/usr/bin/mysqladmin -u root password 'new-password'
/usr/bin/mysqladmin -u root -h hostinstalltest.local password 'new-password'

Alternatively you can run:

which will also give you the option of removing the test
databases and anonymous user created by default.  This is
strongly recommended for production servers.

See the manual for more instructions.

You can start the MySQL daemon with:
cd /usr ; /usr/bin/mysqld_safe &

You can test the MySQL daemon with
cd /usr/mysql-test ; perl

Please report any problems with the /usr/bin/mysqlbug script!

                                                           [  OK  ]
Starting mysqld:                                           [  OK  ]
[root@webportal ~ ]# mysql_secure_installation


In order to log into MySQL to secure it, we'll need the current
password for the root user.  If you've just installed MySQL, and
you haven't set the root password yet, the password will be blank,
so you should just press enter here.

Enter current password for root (enter for none): <Enter>
OK, successfully used password, moving on...

Setting the root password ensures that nobody can log into the MySQL
root user without the proper authorisation.

Set root password? [Y/n] <y>
New password: <mysql_root_pw>
Re-enter new password: <mysql_root_pw>
Password updated successfully!
Reloading privilege tables..
... Success!

By default, a MySQL installation has an anonymous user, allowing anyone
to log into MySQL without having to have a user account created for
them.  This is intended only for testing, and to make the installation
go a bit smoother.  You should remove them before moving into a
production environment.

Remove anonymous users? [Y/n] <Enter>
... Success!

Normally, root should only be allowed to connect from 'localhost'.  This
ensures that someone cannot guess at the root password from the network.

Disallow root login remotely? [Y/n] <Enter>
... Success!

By default, MySQL comes with a database named 'test' that anyone can
access.  This is also intended only for testing, and should be removed
before moving into a production environment.

Remove test database and access to it? [Y/n] <Enter>
- Dropping test database...
... Success!
- Removing privileges on test database...
... Success!

Reloading the privilege tables will ensure that all changes made so far
will take effect immediately.

Reload privilege tables now? [Y/n] <Enter>
... Success!

Cleaning up...

All done!  If you've completed all of the above steps, your MySQL
installation should now be secure.

Thanks for using MySQL!

MySQL is now up and running and you can proceed with creating the teamdrive user and the MySQL databases required for the TeamDrive Host Server.

Creating TeamDrive MySQL User and Databases

The TeamDrive Web Portal requires two MySQL databases webportal, which will be accessed using a dedicated teamdrive MySQL user.

The Web Portal installation package ships with a script that performs the required configuration steps:

  • Modify the local configuration file /etc/my.cnf, start and enable MySQL Server at system bootup (only when using a local MySQL Server)
  • Create the MySQL user account teamdrive, assign the provided password and assign the necessary database privileges (requires access to the MySQL root account)
  • Create the required Web Portal MySQL database
  • Modify the local Web Portal configuration file /etc/

The following example assumes that the MySQL database is located on the same system where the TeamDrive Web Portal instance is installed.

You need to have the following information available:

  • The password of the MySQL root user account you defined while running mysql_secure_installation
  • The password that you want to assign to the teamdrive user

The script is part of the td-webportal package and is installed in /opt/teamdrive/webportal/mysql/ Call it as the root user and follow the instructions:

[root@webportal ~]# /opt/teamdrive/webportal/mysql/

TeamDrive Web Portal MySQL Database Install Script

Configuring MySQL database for TeamDrive Web Portal

This script will perform the following steps:

 - Modify the local configuration file /etc/my.cnf,
   start and enable MySQL Server
   (only when MySQL Server runs locally)
 - Create the required MySQL user "teamdrive",
   assign the provided password and the required
   database privileges
   (requires access to the MySQL root account)
 - Create and populate the required Web Portal
   MySQL database
 - Modify the local Web Portal configuration file

Enter MySQL hostname: localhost
Enter MySQL root password for localhost: <mysql_root_pw>
Enter MySQL password to be set for user teamdrive: <td_pw>

mysqld (pid  7490) is running...
Stopping mysqld:                                           [  OK  ]
Changing local MySQL Server configuration...
Backing up existing configuration file /etc/my.cnf...
`/etc/my.cnf' -> `/etc/my.cnf-2015-05-19-17:19.bak'
Starting and enabling MySQL Server...
Starting mysqld:                                           [  OK  ]
Trying to connect to the MySQL server as root...
| MySQL Version |
| 5.1.73        |
Creating teamdrive MySQL user on localhost
Trying to connect to the MySQL server as the teamdrive user...
Creating Web Portal databases...
Updating /etc/
Backing up existing configuration file ...
`/etc/' -> `/etc/'

The MySQL configuration for TeamDrive Web Portal
version is now complete.

The MySQL database is now properly configured and populated. As a final test, try logging into the MySQL database from the Web Portal system, using the teamdrive user account and the password you defined — you should be able to see and access the TeamDrive Web Portal databases:

[root@webportal ~]# mysql -u teamdrive -p<password>
Welcome to the MySQL monitor.  Commands end with ; or \g.
Your MySQL connection id is 51
Server version: 5.1.71 Source distribution

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Type 'help;' or '\h' for help. Type '\c' to clear the current input statement.

| Database           |
| information_schema |
| webportal          |
2 rows in set (0.00 sec)

mysql> QUIT