Devuan Ascii with Zoneminder 1.32.3 from ZM Repo

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This is a guide for a Sysvinit based Devuan / Debian system. Debian Stretch / Devuan Ascii and Zoneminder Stable 1.32.3 from the ZMRepo.


  • Debian 9/sysvinit
  • Devuan Ascii
  • Zoneminder 1.32.3


install mariadb, apache2, php based on:

apt-get install mariadb-server apache2 php7 libapache2-mod-php7.0

restart apache

service apache2 restart

Add zmrepo to /etc/apt/sources.list

deb stretch/

NOTE: 1.32.3 is currently in release folder on zmrepo. This is subject to change. Confirm 1.32.3 is there before installing.

NOTE: In order to make this guide, all the existing guides for Debian were parsed. (these names are changed periodically, so refer to Debian) etc...

apt-get update
apt-get install apt-transport-https gnupg
wget -O - | sudo apt-key add -
apt-get update
apt-get install zoneminder  vlc-plugin-base php7.0-gd
adduser www-data video
apt-get install zoneminder
a2enmod cgi
a2enmod rewrite
a2enconf zoneminder
chmod 740 /etc/zm/zm.conf
chown root:www-data /etc/zm/zm.conf
mysql -uroot -p < /usr/share/zoneminder/db/zm_create.sql
mysql -uroot -p -e "grant all on zm.* to 'zmuser'@localhost identified by 'zmpass';"
mysqladmin -uroot -p reload

may need to set timezone in /etc/php/7.0/apache2/php.ini (for 1.32.3 you do. In 1.34 it will be managed in zm options)

e.g. date.timezone America/New_York

service apache2 restart

At this point, you will not have an /etc/init.d/ file for zoneminder

You must copy one from an existing install, or from 1.29 or 1.30.4. I'm going to put the init script from 1.30.4 in Zoneminder_Init_Script

after copying that in, and chmod +x /etc/init.d/zoneminder

zoneminder should start:

# service zoneminder start
Starting ZoneMinder: 01/27/2020 12:27:42.776878 zmpkg[2722].INF [main:57] [Command: start]
01/27/2020 12:27:42.778627 zmpkg[2722].INF [main:305] [Sanity checking States table...]
01/27/2020 12:27:42.780839 zmpkg[2722].INF [main:97] [Command: start]
01/27/2020 12:27:44.231615 zmpkg[2722].INF [main:205] [Single server configuration detected. Starting up services.]

double check by reviewing

ps auxw | grep zm

Now, navigate to the Apache server which hosts ZM gui at http://serverip/zm

Review syslog for any error messages.


If you are importing an existing db, now is a good time. Stop zm, and import the db.

service zoneminder stop
mysqldump -u root -p zm > dump.sql  (export old db) 
mysql -uroot -p zm < dump.sql  (import old db)

After this is done, you need to update the db


run this at least twice, as it tends to error out. If it's already updated, nothing new will happen.

you should see something like: Database upgrade to version 1.32.3 successful.

Then start zm

service zoneminder start

you might want to run to delete non existing events on the new install

1.32.3 Version Notes

Make sure to configure storage for each camera. in 1.32.3 cameras can now record to specific partitions.