Fedora Core 6 Step-by-Step

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This short guide takes you through the specific tasks you need to install ZoneMinder 1.22.3 from scratch onto a Fedora Core 6 box. It assumes you have selected the 'Server' and 'Development' package options during install. If you select 'All Packages' then you can probably skip most of the first section. It also assumes you have disabled selinux during installation. If not then you will need to disable it by editing /etc/selinux/config or create appropriate policies for the various system components to allow ZoneMinder to run.

The instructions assume a database name of 'zm', a database user of 'zmuser' and a database password of 'zmpass'.
You should change these to something more secure in the ZoneMinder 'configure' line and the database 'grant' line.

Install Required Packages

As root

yum install mysql-server mysql-devel php-mysql pcre-devel perl-DateManip perl-libwww-perl perl-Device-SerialPort \ 
perl-MIME-Lite perl-Archive-Zip

Either Install ffmpeg from Livna

rpm -Uvh http://rpm.livna.org/fedora/6/i386/livna-release-6-1.noarch.rpm
yum install ffmpeg

Or Install ffmeg from source

svn checkout svn://svn.mplayerhq.hu/ffmpeg/trunk ffmpeg
cd ffmpeg/
make install
make install-libs [This step not required in recent versions of ffmpeg]
cd ..

Configure system daemons

chkconfig --add mysqld
chkconfig --level 345 mysqld on
chkconfig --level 345 httpd on
service mysqld start
service httpd start

Download and install ZoneMinder

wget http://www.zoneminder.com/downloads/ZoneMinder-1.22.3.tar.gz
tar xvfz ZoneMinder-1.22.3.tar.gz
cd ZoneMinder-1.22.3

At this point you will need to patch the software to correct a problem with the monitor configuration presets (See patches in wiki table of contents) After you patch the software, continue with the following.

./configure --with-webdir=/var/www/html/zm --with-cgidir=/var/www/cgi-bin ZM_DB_HOST=localhost ZM_DB_NAME=zm \ 
ZM_DB_USER=zmuser ZM_DB_PASS=zmpass CFLAGS="-g -O3 -march=pentium4" CXXFLAGS="-g -O3 -march=pentium4"

Alternate configure command you could use instead of above (check where ffmpg is installed e.g. /usr/bin or /usr/local/bin)

./configure --with-mysql=/usr --with-webdir=/var/www/html/zm --with-cgidir=/var/www/cgi-bin --with-ffmpeg=/usr/bin  \
--with-lame=/usr/lib --with-webuser=apache --with-webgroup=apache

Compile Zoneminder


As root

make install

Install ZM startup script

install scripts/zm /etc/init.d/
chkconfig --add zm

Create and configure the ZoneMinder database

mysql mysql < db/zm_create.sql 
mysql mysql
grant select,insert,update,delete on zm.* to 'zmuser'@localhost identified by 'zmpass';
mysqladmin reload

Start ZoneMinder

service zm start

Point your web browser at and you should now see the ZoneMinder Console

Refer to the Readme for details on how to set up and configure monitors.