New Nuxeo DAM JBoss snapshot for Ubuntu -- pretty much there.

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July 5, 2010 -- There's a new snapshot of the JBoss-based Nuxeo DAM software for Ubuntu, and it's got almost all the kinks worked out, except for a couple that are either being resolved or are actually a Debian packaging issue. So, assuming your Ubuntu /etc/apt/sources.list file contains:

deb lucid-snapshots/
deb lucid partner

then either install or upgrade with:

$ sudo apt-get [install/upgrade] nuxeo-dam-jboss

with a couple cautions.

First (and this is important), since this current snapshot uses the JBoss engine, it's essential that you stop any running Tomcat instance on your system; otherwise, Tomcat will hog localhost port 8080 and you'll never get to your DAM program. Eventually, this will be resolved but, for now, the fix is to simply stop Tomcat if it's running:

$ sudo service tomcat6 stop

then start or restart the DAM software.

The other (weird) issue is that if you install the DAM package, then purge it from your system, the purge operation takes out the /opt directory with it, whereupon if you install the software from scratch a second time, the /opt directory is recreated but with the owner and group of a regular user. That's just strange and is clearly not an issue with the DAM package, but a larger issue with how Debian packaging rules determine when a directory can be removed.

I don't think that's a problem and as long as you install the package only once, you'll never notice it. Other than that, all of the outstanding issues seem to have been handled.

P.S. Rumour has it that Tomcat-based snapshots are on their way.

WHOOPS, a trivial observation in that there are a couple files -- /var/crash/nuxeo-dam-jboss.0.crash and /var/lib/update-rc.d/nuxeo-dam -- that are likely candidates for removal when the DAM package is being purged from the system but, again, that won't have any effect on how the software runs once it's installed. Yes, at this point, we really are just nitpicking.