Install Web Server

The main server component is the CASMACAT web server that runs under Apache and provides the user interface over any Internet Browser.

Download the Source Code

First find a suitable directory for the CASAMACAT code. If you install it as a user, you can place it in your home directory. If you install it as administrator, you may choose something like /opt/casmacat

In that directory, type:

 git clone git:// web-server
 cd web-server
 git checkout casmacat

You will also need to create additional directories by typing

 mkdir downloads
 chmod o+w downloads
 mkdir uploads
 chmod o+w uploads
 mkdir logs
 chmod o+w logs

You will find additional installation instructions in the file INSTALL.txt. It may be more up-to-date and contain more information than the instructions below.

Create a Database

The files lib/model/matecat.sql and lib/model/casmacat.sql contain the configuration for the database.

You may want to edit these files to change the name of the database, which is by default matecat_sandbox. If you do so, please change both files.

You will also need to set up a user for the database. There may be a GUI in your Linux distribution to make this easy, otherwise you can call mysql from the command line:

 mysql -u root -p
 mysql> connect mysql;
 mysql> create user johndoe@localhost identified by 'secretpw';
 mysql> create database matecat_sandbox;
 mysql> grant usage on *.* to johndoe@localhost;
 mysql> grant all privileges on matecat_sandbox.* to johndoe@localhost;

With user account in place and (possibly edited) configuration files, you can now set up the database:

 mysql -u johndoe -p < lib/model/matecat.sql
 mysql -u johndoe -p < lib/model/casmacat.sql

To complete the setup of the database, you have to create a copy of the web server configuration file

 cp inc/config.ini.sample inc/config.ini

and edit it to point to your database installation:

 hostname = ""
 username = "johndoe"
 password = "secretpw"
 database = "matecat_sandbox"

Set up the Web Server

First, you need to create a user account (such as catuser) and add it to the www-data group (as root).

 useradd -G www-data -p @password@ catuser

Make sure that the Apache web server reads the access file .htaccess. This may require you to edit the file /etc/apache2/apache2.conf have the following line not commented out.

 AccessFileName .htaccess

Apache needs to be configured to access your CASMACAT web server installation. This is done with a configuration file in /etc/apache2/sites-available that is linked to from /etc/apache2/sites-enabled.

This configuration file follows the following template:

 <VirtualHost @your_ip_address@:80>
   ServerName matecat.@your domain@
   ServerAdmin webmaster@your domain@
   DocumentRoot /opt/casmacat/web-server
   DirectoryIndex index.php index.php3 index.html index.htm index.shtml
   <Directory /opt/casmacat/web-server/>
     Options All
     AllowOverride All
     Order allow,deny
     allow from all
   php_flag register_globals off
   php_flag magic_quotes_gpc off
   php_flag short_open_tag on
   LogLevel error
   ErrorLog /var/log/apache2/casmacat.error.log
   CustomLog /var/log/apache2/casmacat.log combined
   ServerSignature Off

Ensure that PHP does not use "magic quotes". Edit the file /etc/php5/apache2/php.ini to include the line

 magic_quotes_runtime = Off

Also, Apache needs to have mod_rewrite turned on.

 cd /etc/apache2/mods-enabled/
 ln -s ../mods-available/rewrite.load .

With all this, you may now restart Apache

 apache2ctl restart

If you now point your web browser to your site, you should see the following screen.

Test the Installation

To use the tool, you will have to set up a translation engine (instructions are given for both Moses and Thot systems).

If you want to test your current setup, you can also use a demo CAT server. We currently provide two different demo servers, one provided by the University of Edinburgh and another one provided by the Polytechnic University of Valencia: