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Monday, July 19, 2010

Atlassian Stack: Jira

Next up is Jira, the task/bug tracking portion of the stack.

  1. Grabbed the standalone version and unpacked into the /opt directory.  
  2. Made a soft link to the install so upgrades will be a bit easier: ln -s atlassian-jira-enterprise-4.1.2-standalone jra
  3. edit /opt/jira/atlassian-jira/WEB-INF/classes/ so that jira.home points /opt/jira
  4. used Webmin to create a user just for the Jira process.  I called mine, wait for it...jira.
  5. changed ownership of the jira installation directory to be owned by the jira user
  6. start up jira as the jira user: sudo -u jira /opt/jira/bin/
  7. I got a PermGen switch warning which pointed me to the troubleshooting guide.  Decided not to worry about it until I actually do run out of PermGen space
  8. I realized that the instructions did not walk me through how to connect Jira to my database so I shutdown the instance and followed those directions.
  9. using Webmin, I created a new db user named: jirauser and gave it all permissions
  10. using Webmin, created a new database name jira making sure to set it to use UTF-8 encodings
  11. copy the MySQL JDBC driver to the /opt/jira/lib directory.  Once I did that, I saw that a JDBC driver already existed in that directory, although a slightly older one, so I removed mine and left things as is.
  12. run the Jira configuration tool: sudo -u jira /opt/jira/bin/ .  I had a problem doing this because the jira account isn't meant for logging in and doesn't have an environment.  To work around this, I reset the permissions on the installation directory to my account and re-ran the tool.  Once I made the proper configuration choices, I reset the files back to being owned by the jira account.
  13. started jira again using the command in step 6
  14. connected to Jira via the web browser: http://localhost:8080/
  15. ran through the configuration wizard. Decided to not accept the default directories and use /opt/jira-home instead.  Figured I wouldn't lose data to upgrades if I did a stand alone directory.
That's it.  Seems to work.  There are many configuration options that I'll need to plow through but I'll have to first learn how to get Jira to autostart at system bootup, like I did for Crowd.


  1. Thanks for sharing your documentation of setting up. Even after installing and maintaining several Jira instances, it still helps to see it spelled out in a simple punch list when starting a new one!

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