FreedomBox for Communities/Digital Library
A community digital library might host files of various types like documents, books, audio, video, software etc. Hence a generic cloud solution must be used instead of specialized library software like Calibre which only manages ebooks.
A NextCloud server on the FreedomBox can be used to host the files for a community digital library. NextCloud does not have an official Debian package and must be installed manually.
Install the necessary Debian packages required for NextCloud. The following installation instructions are for NextCloud 16.
sudo apt-get install libapache2-mod-php sudo apt-get install postgresql sudo apt-get install php-gd php-json php-pgsql php-curl php-mbstring php-intl php-imagick php-xml php-zip
Check whether all the required dependencies are installed against this checklist
Setup PostgreSQL database. The following instructions are for PostgreSQL 11.
Open the psql console as user postgres
sudo -u postgres psql
Create a new user and database for nextcloud. Please use a strong password.
CREATE USER nextcloud WITH PASSWORD 'some$trongPW'; CREATE DATABASE nextcloud TEMPLATE template0 ENCODING 'UNICODE'; ALTER DATABASE nextcloud OWNER TO nextcloud; GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON DATABASE nextcloud TO nextcloud;
Exit the console by pressing
Ctrl+D or by typing
\q and enter.
The easiest way to install NextCloud is using its web installer.
Add the web installer script to your Apache server root and set the permissions as follows:
wget https://download.nextcloud.com/server/installer/setup-nextcloud.php sudo mv setup-nextcloud.php /var/www/html/ chown -R www-data:www-data /var/www/html/ sudo systemctl restart apache2
Access the web installer at the path https://<freedombox-url>/setup-nextcloud.php from a web browser. If the installer says that any dependencies are missing, install the corresponding Debian packages.
After the nextcloud files are setup, you will be prompted with a screen to enter admin credentials and database credentials.
After submitting the above details, the NextCloud installer will finish installation and log you in as the administrator user.