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Installing the fileserver 'filerun' on centos & nginx

Hello community

This is my first post here and it expands on http://blog.filerun.com/how-to-install-filerun-on-centos-8/
Basically, the linked article guides you through installing the LAMP stack and FileRun with ionCube as a simple web-accessible fileserver for up- & downloading.

Story

As a home-server owner I just want to upload/download any type of files on my home server without depending on facebook, Amazon, Google, Microsoft or Plesk.

 Goals

  • Simple browser-accessible fileserver, localhosted (ok)
  • Low tech stack foot print (not ok)
  • nginx compatible, no apache (ok)
  • Simple IAM (ok)
  • Support for very large file uploads (not optimal)
  • Quick installation (ok)

Summary / key takeaways

  • Decided for https://filerun.com/
  • Battleground 1: Permissions (selinux)
  • Battleground 2: Installation pre-assumes "apache" as reverse proxy and clutters installation folders with it
  • Battleground 3: PHP7.4 is actually not supported by ionCube (a filerun dependency)
  • filerun on LAMP feels old & outdated, it feels like there should be newer alternatives 🤔

Disclaimer

These settings work for an unproxied centos8 instance for me. This should be more of a pitfalls warning/avoidance thread and not a copy/paste walkalong. I hope it's helpful, nevertheless.

Discovery

First I thought, I'd use some solution in combination with tus.io (resumable uploader) but I'd have to write it myself since there is nothing mature and/or open source out there. Maybe the usecase of uploading large files is less common than I thought - and massive POST requests are still state of the art(?).

So, I opened https://www.reddit.com/r/selfhosted and checked out some possibilities like:
https://seatable.io
https://nextcloud.com/
https://github.com/mickael-kerjean/filestash
I haven't checked airtable & matrify

As it appears, the listed solutions have a big tech stack footprint or only exist as docker image.
I like filestash but I have to still install a second local server (e.g. vsftp) and the IAM is not onboard.

Instructions

So I mostly followed http://blog.filerun.com/how-to-install-filerun-on-centos-8/
I skipped the apache installation & configuration and used my nginx config instead.
The php-remi repository steps and the mariadb installation were straight forward.

php-fpm installation:
I didn't touch the preinstalled php.ini since it appears to be better practice to create & edit a /etc/php.d/01-filerun.ini which gets invoked by php, anyway.

In /etc/php.d/01-filerun.ini I basically just increased the max-sizes/timeouts a bit and added the proper zend-extension line

memory_limit            = 50000M  
max_execution_time      = 10000
upload_max_filesize     = 50000M  
post_max_size           = 50000M  
zend_extension = /usr/lib64/php/modules/ioncube/ioncube_loader_lin_7.3.so

Then in /etc/php-fpm.d/www.conf the relevant configs - I listed the commented ones, too, because the acl entries would overwrite the owner/group lines if uncommented.

user = nginx
group = nginx
listen = /run/php-fpm/www.sock
listen.owner = nginx
listen.group = nginx
listen.mode = 0660
;listen.acl_users = apache,nginx
;listen.acl_groups =
listen.allowed_clients = 127.0.0.1

As of 07.06.2020 ioncube_loader_lin_7.4_10.4.0_beta2.so was working only in php -v but not on the php_info() page.
I only found through the ioncube loader-wizard.php that this meant I had to go uninstall php7.4 and go down to php7.3, great.

The following steps were required because php-fpm would write the apache group into these folders:

sudo chown -R root:nginx /var/lib/php /usr/lib64/php
sudo chown -R nginx:nginx /var/www /var/cache/nginx/cache

Also from within the documentation sudo chown -R apache:apache system/data should be replaced with your nginx user, e.g. nginx:nginx

 nginx configuration

General reminder: Check the nginx logs for errors, most often, the issue you'll have is because of (selinux) permissions or some nginx configuration issue.
Here are the relevant location blocks. I installed filerun in the folder /var/www/filerun.

user nginx;
log_format main '$document_root$fastcgi_script_name > $request'; # helps in finding fastcgi issues
access_log  /var/log/nginx/access.log  main;
error_log /var/log/nginx/error.log;

....

location /filerun {
    alias /var/www/filerun;
    index index.php;
    gzip on;
}

location ~ [^/]\.php(/|$) {
    fastcgi_split_path_info ^(.+?\.php)(/.*)$;
    fastcgi_param HTTP_PROXY "";
    fastcgi_pass unix:/var/run/php-fpm/www.sock;
    fastcgi_index index.php;
    include fastcgi_params;
}

Debugging

Always test(!) - and if OK - restart the nginx server after a change

sudo nginx -t
sudo systemctl nginx restart
sudo tail -n 20 /var/log/nginx/error.log

php-fpm is not as chatty, but the service should at least report that it's up & running:

sudo tail -n 20 /var/log/php-fpm/error.log
sudo systemctl php-fpm restart 

Sidenotes

There is no php-imagemagick within centos8/remi anymore, instead use

sudo dnf install php-pecl-imagick

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Mickael

I like filestash but I have to still install a second local server (e.g. vsftp)

SSH servers comes with a builtin SFTP server you can use to connect directly.
In most cases, you don't have to install anything else.

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phuongdzu

Filestash is not open source.
With Docker you cannot edit anything. No value!

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Mickael

Filestash is released under AGPL, not part of it but all of it. Technically it's free software as per the gnu philosophy (gnu.org/philosophy/open-source-mis...)

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phuongdzu

Nextcloud is best choice, They have large community to support together