Install Selfoss on Debian Wheezy

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In this article we will show you how to install Selfoss on a Debian Wheezy VPS with PHP-FPM, Nginx and MySQL. Selfoss is a new multipurpose rss reader, live stream, mashup and aggregation web application. It is written in PHP and uses either SQLite, MySQL or PostgreSQL as a database. Selfoss is a project of Tobias Zeising and is licensed under GPL v3.

Install MySQL and create a database.

apt-get update
apt-get upgrade
apt-get install mysql-server mysql-client
mysql -uroot -p
CREATE DATABASE selfoss
GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON selfoss.* TO 'selfoss'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY '_PASSWORD_';
FLUSH PRIVILEGES;
/q

Install Nginx and PHP-FPM

apt-get install nginx php5-fpm php-cli php5-mysql php5-gd php5-mcrypt

Create a root directory for your web site

mkdir -p /var/www/yourwebsite.com/{public_html,logs}

Download and configure selfoss

wget http://selfoss.aditu.de/selfoss-2.9.zip -O /tmp/selfoss.zip
unzip -d /var/www/yourwebsite.com/public_html /tmp/selfoss.zip

Copy defaults.ini to config.ini

cp /var/www/yourwebsite.com/public_html/defaults.ini /var/www/yourwebsite.com/public_html/config.ini

Open the config.ini file and change the following

vim /var/www/yourwebsite.com/public_html/config.ini
db_type=mysql
db_database=selfoss
db_username=selfoss
db_password=_PASSWORD_
db_port=3306

Change permissions.

chown -R www-data: /var/www/yourwebsite.com/public_html/

Nginx configuration.

Create a new Nginx server block with the following content

# /etc/nginx/sites-available/yourwebsite.com
# https://github.com/SSilence/selfoss/wiki/nginx-configuration
upstream backend {
   server unix:/var/run/php5-fpm.sock;
}
server {
    listen 80;
    server_name yourwebsite.com;
    root /var/www/yourwebsite.com/public_html/;
    access_log /var/www/yourwebsite.com/logs/access.log;
    error_log /var/www/yourwebsite.com/logs/error.log;
    location ~* \ (gif|jpg|png) {
      expires 30d;
    }
    location ~ ^/favicons/.*$ {
        try_files $uri /data/$uri;
    }
    location ~ ^/thumbnails/.*$ {
        try_files $uri /data/$uri;
    }
    location ~* ^/(data\/logs|data\/sqlite|config\.ini|\.ht) {
        deny all;
    }
    location / {
      index index.php index.html index.htm;
      try_files $uri /public/$uri /index.php$is_args$args;
    }
    location ~ \.php$ {
      fastcgi_pass backend;
      fastcgi_index index.php;
      fastcgi_param SCRIPT_FILENAME $document_root/$fastcgi_script_name;
      include fastcgi_params;
    }
}

Symlink it and restart the server

ln -s /etc/nginx/sites-available/yourwebsite.com /etc/nginx/sites-enabled/yourwebsite.com
/etc/init.d/nginx restart

The feeds can be updated manually or via a cron job. To set a cron job run the following command:

sudo echo "*/10 * * * * root wget -o /dev/null http://yourwebsite.com/update" >> /etc/cron.d/selfoss

You can find more info about Selfoss on their official website — http://selfoss.aditu.de/

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