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Set up private firefox sync server

$ apt-get install python-dev mercurial sqlite3 python-virtualenv apache2-mpm-prefork libapache2-mod-wsgi make

Add user ffsync:

$ adduser --group --system --home /usr/local/firefox-sync-server --disabled-password ffsync

Add apache user (www-data) to group ffsync:

$ adduser www-data ffsync

Change user:

$ su - ffsync

Download source files:

$ hg clone

Create tmp and data subdirectories

$ mkdir data tmp

Change permissions

$ chmod 770 data tmp

Compile sync server

$ cd server-full
$ make build

Change config files, paths in default install store user data in /tmp, not very useful.

  $ vi sync.wsgi
  os.environ['PYTHON_EGG_CACHE'] = ‘/usr/local/firefox-sync-server/tmp/python-eggs’
  $ vi development.ini
  class = handlers.RotatingFileHandler
  args = (‘/usr/local/firefox-sync-server/tmp/sync-error.log’,)
  $ vi etc/sync.conf
  backend =
  sqluri = sqlite:////usr/local/firefox-sync-server/data/usersettings.db
  backend = services.auth.sql.SQLAuth
  sqluri = sqlite:////usr/local/firefox-sync-server/data/usersettings.db
  fallback_node =

Change login shell of ffsync to /bin/false.

  $ usermod -s /bin/false ffsync

Enable wsgi module

  $ a2enmod wsgi

Create new apache virtual host

  $ vi /etc/apache2/sites-available/firefox-sync
  <VirtualHost *:80>
  DocumentRoot /usr/local/firefox-sync-server/server-full
  CustomLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/firefox-sync-server_access.log combined
  ErrorLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/firefox-sync-server_error.log
  <Directory /usr/local/firefox-sync-server/server-full>
  Order deny,allow
  Allow from all
  WSGIProcessGroup ffsync
  WSGIDaemonProcess ffsync user=ffsync group=ffsync processes=2 threads=25
  WSGIPassAuthorization On
  WSGIScriptAlias / /usr/local/firefox-sync-server/server-full/sync.wsgi

Activate virtual host

  $ cd /etc/apache2/sites-enabled
  $ ln -s ../sites-available/firefox-sync .

Check config and restart apache

  $ apachectl configtest && /etc/init.d/apache restart

Now you can configure firefox sync with Tools>Sync



blog/set_up_private_firefox_sync_server.txt · Last modified: 2012/09/28 12:27 by brb