Installation Instructions

This page offers a brief installation recipe. Detailed instructions are available in other pages referenced from here.

Create the Valet system user
For the purposes of this document, we'll call the valet user valet-sys. Valet-sys should not have normal user privileges, but will own a directory used as a spool area and will run the Valet system programs.
Create the Valet Program Files directory
The program files directory - e.g. /usr/local/valet - is owned by root. This will be exported in the $VALET_BASE environment variable.
Unpack Valet
Unpack the tarball into the Program Files Directory.
Create the Valet Workspace Directory
The Workspace directory - e.g. /var/spool/valet - is owned by valet-sys.
Select a Database Driver
The database selected must of course be available on the system, and should be running at all times for Valet.
Set up the Valet environment
Ensure the Valet environment (as described in the environment page) is set whenever any of the Valet programs is run.
Initialise the Database
Run the setup script for your selected database (as the database administrator) to initialise the Valet database, tables and system privileges.
Configure valetd
The Valet daemon valetd shold be running (as valet-sys) at all times. Start it at the end of the boot sequence, when all networking is up and running.
Configure Periodic Jobs
Configure the cron jobs as described in the periodic jobs page
Set up Users
Set up an admin user, and other users as required (see the users page for details). Ensure that the users environment is set.
Configure the System
Start the Valet Client, and set up the general configuration, the MIMETypes and domains. These can of course be updated in future.
Start valetd
The spider will now start working. Note that (by design) it will work slowly at first, and it will some time - typically several hours - before there is sufficient data to be useful.
Tell your users about it!
Valet is now ready for your users to work with it using the Valet Client and/or Web Components.