Here are some quick instructions on how to download and install PmWiki 2.0. (There are separate instructions for upgrading.) See the Requirements page for software needed to run PmWiki. Improvements to these instructions would be greatly appreciated. Just report any problems you encounter to the pmwiki-users mailing list or the PmWiki Issue Tracking System.
2. Unpack the archive (
tar xvzf pmwiki-x.y.z). This will create a
pmwiki-x.y.z directory which contains the PmWiki software. The files in this directory include:
COPYING The GNU General Public License local/ A directory for local configuration scripts pmwiki.php Main PmWiki script pub/ Directory of publicly accessible files css/ Directory for generic .css files skins/ Directory of layout templates sample-config.php A sample configuration file scripts/ Some scripts that extend the possibilities of PmWiki wikilib.d/ Directory containing some default PmWiki files cookbook/ A directory for recipes obtained from the Cookbook.
pmwiki-x.y.z directory needs to be placed into a location accessible by your webserver (e.g., in a public_html directory of some sort). It doesn't matter how they get there -- FTP or a Unix
cp command generally work fine.
pmwiki-x.y.z" directory name to be simply "
4. Open a web browser to the pmwiki.php script on the server (i.e., not the one on your local computer or accessed using a file://... URL). PmWiki will then analyze your system configuration and provide instructions (if needed) for creating the wiki.d/ directory which will be used to hold the pages created for your site. Usually there are two ways to achieve this:
chmod 777 wiki.d")
chmod 2777 ." (note the dot at the end). The
chmodcommand also works in many FTP programs. Creating wiki.d/ in this manner will (1) make the directory writable so the web server can create the data directory it needs for the wiki files, (2) preserve group ownership of the directory so the installer account can manipulate the files created in this directory, and (3) make it more difficult for other accounts on the same server to access the files in wiki.d/.
5. After establishing directory permissions, try opening a browser to the pmwiki.php script again. If all is well, the wiki.d directory will have been created and you'll see the default home page.
If you used method 4b, you should reset permissions by executing "
chmod 755 ." in the directory containing pmwiki.php.
6. Check out InitialSetupTasks for other tasks you may want to perform to begin customizing your PmWiki installation. You might also want to peruse the ReleaseNotes for further information.
umask 002on the command line before unpacking the tar file.