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This section describes the steps required to build and run an instance of the software and services stack of Arts Combinatòries.


You should meet all the requirements described below.

Operating System

Due to technological limitations, the project is able to run on *nix based machines. From now on all the examples shown will be based under a assumption of having a Ubuntu Linux 11.04 (Natty) distribution.

Basic Software

  • GCC compiler suite to build native Python extensions (Zope contains C code for optimized parts)
  • Python 2.6 (other versions are not ok for Plone 4)
  • Python Imaging Library installed for your Python interpreter (more below)
  • Python Distribute installation tool, provided by your operating system
or installed by hand
  • Gawk
  • Git

Install basic software

GCC, Python 2.6 and additional software and libraries:

sudo apt-get install python2.6 python-imaging wget build-essential python2.6-dev python-setuptools git-core

Python Distribute:

sudo python2.6


sudo apt-get install gawk

Arts Combinatòries install

Buildout is a tool which automatically downloads, installs and configures Python and other software. Arts Combinatòries uses buildout.

This build system uses a file (buildout.cfg) which provides all the configuration information to build the complete stack of required software.

We should download the buildout code from Github:

git clone git://

Access to the recently created folder fatac.buildout:

cd fatac.buildout

Execute the buildout process:


This will process take some time.

Automatic installation of lighttpd:

apt-get install lighttpd

Following Tomcat web applications (.war files) must be added in “webapps” directory:


Some services such as Virtuoso and Tomcat need additional configuration which depends on your needs and environment, this is explained further in 'Configuration' section.

Run the processes of the project software stack

These are the processes needed by Arts Combinatòries:

  • Plone (frontend)
  • Tomcat (API REST)
  • Virtuoso (BBDD)
  • Lighttpd (HTTP server - optional)


(plone path)/bin/instance start


(tomcat path)/bin/


cd (virtuoso path)/var/lib/virtuoso/db/
../../../../bin/virtuoso-t -f &


cd /etc/lighttpd/
lighttpd -f lighttpd.conf

Video services

Video services install is made of two parts: first, a java web application and second, a native library that helps on video coding.

  1. Web service installation

Basically, you have to deploy file TapiesWebServices.war on Tomcat application server. This war already have an initial profile configuration (profile.xml file), so no additioanl configuration has to be done. In any case, if new profiles have to be added for supporting other video formats, this information is provided in configuration guide.

  1. Xuggler native library installation

All necessary software is ready in an auto-install program. You only have to execute it (usually with administrator rights to be able to access to the required directories).

sudo sh ./

You have to confirm installation by writing ‘yes’ and you can leave installation directory as default.

2.1 Native libraries checking

In directory /usr/local/xuggler/bin you can find Xuggler binaries. When executing the ffmpeg binary you will get its version information:

ffmpeg version, Copyright (c) 2000-2011 the FFmpeg developers
  built on Nov 21 2011 09:31:08 with gcc 4.6.1
  configuration: --prefix=/usr/local/xuggler --extra-cflags=-I/home/javi/Desktop/xuggle-xuggler-modified/build/native/i686-pc-linux-gnu/captive/usr/local/xuggler/include --extra-ldflags=-L/home/javi/Desktop/xuggle-xuggler-modified/build/native/i686-pc-linux-gnu/captive/usr/local/xuggler/lib --enable-shared --enable-gpl --enable-nonfree --enable-version3 --enable-libx264 --enable-libmp3lame --enable-libvorbis --enable-libtheora --enable-libspeex --enable-libvpx --enable-libopencore-amrnb --enable-libopencore-amrwb --enable-pthreads
  libavutil    51. 11. 0 / 51. 11. 0
  libavcodec   53.  8. 0 / 53.  8. 0
  libavformat  53.  6. 0 / 53.  6. 0
  libavdevice  53.  2. 0 / 53.  2. 0
  libavfilter   2. 27. 0 /  2. 27. 0
  libswscale    2.  0. 0 /  2.  0. 0
  libpostproc  51.  2. 0 / 51.  2. 0
Use -h to get full help or, even better, run 'man ffmpeg'

In case a native library is missing, you should install it. This will depend on the linux distribution being used.

For Ubuntu 11.10 32 bits, no additional libraries has to be installed.

For Ubuntu 11.10 64 bits, compatibility libraries package has to be installed.

sudo apt-get install ia32-libs

2.2 Install Xuggler support to Tomcat

Copy all dependences from directory /usr/local/xuggler/share/java/jars to directory %TOMCAT_HOME%/lib . More specifically the files:

  • logback-classic.jar
  • logback-core.jar
  • commons-cli.jar
  • slf4j-api.jar
  • xuggle-xuggler.jar

Finally, you have to configure environment variables to allow Tomcat to find Xuggler libraries. Add the following lines to Tomcat startup file (%TOMCAT_HOME%/bin/

export XUGGLE_HOME=/usr/local/xuggler