Installing FogBugz the Debian way

  • 11 April, 2009

Yeah, proprietary software is bad, but let's at least install it the Debian way. The following walkthrough assumes Debian lenny.

  • Install some prerequisites:

    $ sudo apt-get install mysql-server-5.0 apache2-mpm-prefork libapache2-mod-php5 php5-mysql php5-curl php-pear mono-gmcs php5-imap curl dh-make-php dpkg-dev fakeroot build-essential cdbs php-http-request php-mail php-net-smtp php-db php-auth php-mail-mimedecode
  • Download and extract FogBugz:

    $ cp ~/Downloads/fogbugz-setup-php-6.1.44.tar.gz .
    $ tar xvfz fogbugz-setup-php-6.1.44.tar.gz
    $ cd fogbugz
  • If you do not wish to install FogBugz to /opt/fogbugz, modify INSTALL_DIR at the top of to point to your intended target (e.g. /srv/

  • Create Debian packages of the missing PEAR libraries. For some reason, the php-mail-mime package in lenny is not recognised by FogBugz's, so we create a replacement.

set -e
for PEAR_PKG in Auth_SASL HTTP_Client Mail_Mime XML_Tree
        PKG_TEMP=$(mktemp -d)
        cd ${PKG_TEMP}
        pear download ${PEAR_PKG}
        dh-make-pear ${PEAR_PKG}*.tgz
        cd */
        dpkg-buildpackage -uc -us -rfakeroot
        sudo dpkg -i ../*.deb
        rm -rf ${PKG_TEMP}
  • Run ./ You should see something like:
$ sudo ./
*            FogBugz 6 Setup

--    Checking for required tools
 +      found mono 1.9.1
  • FogBugz will offer to mangle your Apache configuration. Choose no and run the following, replacing /srv/ where appropriate:

    $ sudo ln -s /srv/ /etc/apache2/sites-available/fogbugz
    $ sudo a2ensite fogbugz
  • FogBugz will then offer to mangle your PHP configuration. Choose yes; but move the last handful of lines from (e.g. /etc/php5/apache2) into /etc/conf.d/fogbugz.ini.

  • After restarting Apache, you should be able to visit to continue installation.

  • On first run, FogBugz will "warn" about the lack of missing eAccelerator, a PHP JIT. Unfortunately, whilst eAccelerator is "open-source", useful distribution of it is illegal. Alternatives available in lenny would include php-apc and php-xcache, but I found eAccelerator to be more effective.