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How to Build the WRE on OpenBSD

Here is a detailed log of what I did to build the WRE under OpenBSD 4.2. 

Install OpenBSD 4.2-RELEASE

  • Add xbase42 to the sets installed, we need expat
    • In 4.3-RELEASE expat will be part of base, this step is not required.

After First Boot

  • Login as "root"
  • Add a normal user for yourself. Be sure to add this user to group 'wheel'
  • Add a user called 'webgui'.
    • Set shell 'nologin'
    • Login Class 'daemon'
    • Empty password
    • Set the password so the user cannot login.
  • Edit the sudoers file
    • Uncomment the line to allow people in group 'wheel' to run all commands and set environment variables
    • NOTE: We'll be adding the WRE's environment to our own login
  • Set up your PKG_PATH
    • Edit root's .profile to export PKG_PATH so we can use pkg_add(1) with the '-i' switch
    • See for how to set up packages
  • Install necessary packages
    • pkg_add -i bash
    • link /usr/local/bin/bash to /bin/bash
    • pkg_add -i gmake
    • pkg_add -i autoconf-2.61p1
    • Install wget so we can get files from the web 
  • Log out and log back in under your username (we'll refer to them as 'user' from now on)

Build the WRE

  • Make the /data directory
    • Change the owner of /data to 'user'
    • Get the WRE
  • Download the WRE source to /data
  • Extract the WRE source. It creates /data/wrebuild
  • Update OpenSSL to 0.9.8g
    • cd /data/wrebuild/source
    • rm -rf openssl-0.9.7m
    • wget
    • tar zxphf openssl-0.9.8g.tar.gz
    • rm openssl-0.9.8g.tar.gz
    • cd ..
    • perl -pi.bak -e's/openssl-0\.9\.7m/openssl-0.9.8g/'
  • Build the WRE
    • cd /data/wrebuild; ./ --all
    • WRE is installed to /data/wre
  • Fix permissions
    • chown -R webgui /data/wre/var/logs
    • chown -R webgui /data/wre/var/mysqldata/

Start the WRE and add a site

  • Set up your environment 
    • For both users of the system: 'root' and 'user'
    • Add this to .profile:
      • . /data/wre/sbin/
      • Note the space between the . and the /
  • Run the WRE Console for initial setup
    • Source in the WRE environment. This will happen automatically next time we login (due to what we did above).
    • . /data/wre/sbin/
    • Open web browser to where it tells you
  • Update Perl Modules
    • cd /data/WebGUI/sbin
    • perl

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