Deb packages are supplied for download on the main SOFA website. To cater to other flavours of Linux, a tar.gz is also provided. Inside, you will find README.txt and INSTALL.sh.
The process is quite simple and has been achieved in two very different distros. SOFA works on Fedora 14:
and openSUSE 11.3:
This page is the go-to place for information on how to successfully install SOFA on non-Ubuntu Linux systems. For direct discussion, please post at SOFA Statistics google discussion group.
And if you manage to get SOFA working on other distros please email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) the relevant package details etc and a screen-shot (preferably one which reveals the distro involved).
NOTE to self - keep README.txt up-to-date in /home/g/projects/SOFA/debmaker/KEEPME
UPDATE - now using python-psycopg2 instead of python-pygresql
UPDATE - now need some others to enable exporting of images. And changed from urllib to requests. See Ubuntu details below:
In Ubuntu SOFA now requires:
Depends: python (>= 2.6.2), python-wxversion (>= 184.108.40.206), python-wxgtk2.8 (>= 220.127.116.11), python-numpy (>= 1:1.2.1), python-mysqldb (>= 1.2.2), python-psycopg2 (>= 2.0), python-matplotlib (>= 0.98.5.2), python-webkit (>= 1.0.0), python-xdg (>= 0.15), wkhtmltopdf (>= 0.9.9), ghostscript (>= 9), pdftk (>= 1.44), python-pypdf (>= 1.12), imagemagick (>= 7:6), python-pythonmagick (>=0.9), python-requests
In Fedora 14 I installed the following successfully for older versions of SOFA - :
A friend using Fedora 17 needed
In openSUSE 11.3 I installed the following successfully AFTER I had added the community devel:languages:python and education repositories:
I expect in other major distros there is a similar process of finding packages that seem right, trying, and adding more if necessary. It certainly should be possible to get SOFA working on the major distros.
Make a launcher with the following details:
You can run sofa from the command line with a single command sofastats (assuming you ran INSTALL.sh). If you want to set it up manually, details are in the Appendix:
When SOFA is run, it checks to see if the user has a sofastats folder and adds it if they don't e.g. /home/username/Documents/sofastats. It also make a sofastats_recovery folder.
If you are able to get SOFA to launch at all, but there is a problem of some sort, look at the output.txt file in your /home/username/Documents/sofastats/_internal folder. It may be, for example, that you forgot to install matplotlib.
Make a text file called runsofastats.sh with the following
#! /bin/bash python /usr/local/share/sofastats/start.py
And save it e.g. to your home folder. If bash is not located in /bin/bash on your system, use the command
to find it.
Then make a symlink to it located in /usr/local/bin (NB give everyone rights to run it)
su root ln -s /home/username/runsofastats.sh /usr/local/bin/sofastats chmod a+x /usr/local/bin/sofastats
Now you can run SOFA Statistics from the command line by typing in
Here is where things should go during installation (in Ubuntu it is /usr/share/pyshared/sofastats):
/usr/local/share/sofastats /usr/local/share/sofastats/boomslang /usr/local/share/sofastats/css /usr/local/share/sofastats/dbe_plugins /usr/local/share/sofastats/googleapi /usr/local/share/sofastats/googleapi/atom /usr/local/share/sofastats/googleapi/gdata /usr/local/share/sofastats/googleapi/gdata/docs /usr/local/share/sofastats/googleapi/gdata/oauth /usr/local/share/sofastats/googleapi/gdata/spreadsheet /usr/local/share/sofastats/googleapi/gdata/tlslite /usr/local/share/sofastats/googleapi/gdata/tlslite/integration /usr/local/share/sofastats/googleapi/gdata/tlslite/utils /usr/local/share/sofastats/images /usr/local/share/sofastats/_internal /usr/local/share/sofastats/locale /usr/local/share/sofastats/locale/gl_ES /usr/local/share/sofastats/locale/gl_ES/LC_MESSAGES /usr/local/share/sofastats/projs /usr/local/share/sofastats/reports /usr/local/share/sofastats/reports/sofa_report_extras /usr/local/share/sofastats/scripts /usr/local/share/sofastats/vdts/ /usr/local/share/sofastats/xlrd/
In the following example, I downloaded the sofa source code into the Downloads folder in Fedora 14.
Then extract contents of sofastats_1.1.5.tar.gz into the Downloads folder.
The next lot of commands were performed as root (NB the /* after sofa.main)
cd Downloads/sofa/sofastats_1.1.5 cp -r sofastats /usr/local/share cp -r sofa.main/* /usr/local/share/sofastats cp runsofastats.sh /usr/local/share/sofastats
NB nothing will work without the dependencies installed. Running:
will return a traceback because wxversion or whatever isn't available. So the next step is installing the dependencies.
After installing wxPython, but before adding the other dependencies, running sofa prematurely will result in a message about a problem with the first round of local importing.