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TWiki on Unix

Hints and Tips

TWiki is mainly used on Unix/Linux and Apache, as far as I can tell - Linux is a very common platform for TWiki which is why there are probably some hidden dependencies on the GNU tools. The core TWikiDocumentation is based on Unix/Linux (mainly Linux at present).

TWiki works fine on most Unixes, but you may find a few problems, e.g. if you don't have the GNU versions of RCS, diff, grep and so on - you may also have to build your own copies of RCS and GNU diff, even if you already have these installed - see TWikiOnSolaris in particular.

Also, do a Google or TWiki search for your version of Unix in the Codev and Support webs for more info.

The latest version of TWiki includes the excellent configure tool - this replaces the old testenv and does a lot of diagnostic work including checks for GNU diff.

TWiki on various Unix flavours

See TWikiOn for links to specific pages, and for use Linux and other OSs, as well as on Unix-based web hosts.

Notes on RCS

At least on older versions of Solaris and HP-UX (e.g. before Solaris 10), it seems important to install fresh copies of RCS and GNU diff, even if you already have RCS and diff installed - this seems to avoid problems, so give it a try and comment on the appropriate page. TWikiOnSolaris now has pointers to a detailed recipe to build your own RCS and GNU diff, but Solaris 10 comes with these tools pre-built so you can avoid this.

This may also apply to other Unix flavours such as AIX.

-- Contributors: RichardDonkin


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