Problem installing freeside

Ivan Kohler ivan at
Tue Aug 11 22:59:10 PDT 1998

The pre-1.1 version is quite a bit different.

You need to set the datasource, username and password in
/var/spool/freeside/conf/secrets, one per line.  You also need to setup
quite a few other things that aren't yet in the docs.

If you want to play with it, probably checking the TODO would help.  If
you aren't prepared to help debug things you should probably stick with
1.0 or wait until release.

On Tue, 11 Aug 1998, G-man wrote:

> Hiyas :).. well I wanted to try out freeside, just to check it out
> and I ran in a few problems.. Well I went thorugh the install docs
> from htdocs/docs.. I'm also trying to fs-current version 1.1.0..
> Install the perl modules and the binary version of mysql go great
> but once I su as freeside and run fs-setup I get:
> Use of uninitialized value at /usr/lib/perl5/site_perl/FS/ line 85.
> Use of uninitialized value at ./fs-setup line 40.
> Enter the maximum username length: 8
> Freeside tracks the RADIUS attributes User-Name, Password and Framed-IP-Address
> for each user.  Enter any additional RADIUS attributes you need to track for
> each user, separated by whitespace.
> :
> Can't connect, no database driver specified at /usr/lib/perl5/site_perl/FS/ line 69
> any ideas..??
> They one thing I couldn't do change is line
> my($datasrc,$db_user,$db_pass)=('DBI:mysql', 'freeside', 'secret_word');
> like the docs say, since it doesn't exist in the file... looks like it changed..

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