Swisscenter (PowerPC)

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Waht on earth is Swisscenter?


You will need to install:

  1. PPC Tools
  2. Update Grep (if you use Openlink)
  3. MySQL
  4. Apache
  5. GD
  6. PHP


Create a swisscenter directory in apache's DocumentRoot (/mnt/opt/apache/htdocs) : ((note I did not change it as in the docs e.g share/www))

mkdir /mnt/opt/apache/htdocs/swisscenter

Download Swisscenter into previously created directory

cd /mnt/opt/apache/htdocs/swisscenter

Unzip the downloaded file


Change user:group

chown -R nobody:nogroup /mnt/opt/apache/htdocs/swisscenter

Restart apache

/mnt/opt/apache/bin/apachectl restart

Run it

Go to your Swisscenter on your Linkstation


Hopefully you will see this message

   You have not created a database.

Please use the Configuration Utility to create a database

Now goto Swisscenter config on your Linkstation


and hopefully you'll see this:


Set up the databases and point it to your media and you should be away! In order to be able to get weather forecasts, internet radio and updates you will need to

vi /mnt/opt/apache/htdocs/swisscenter/base/server.php

and add change

if ( $sock = @fsockopen('', 80, $temp, $temp, 0.5)) //


if ( $sock = @fsockopen('', 80, $temp, $temp, 0.5)) //

Once it's configured


and you should see this:



In the event of something not working as it should, do this and ask for help

Create a file to see your php settings

vi /mnt/opt/apache/htdocs/swisscenter/config/test_php.php 

and put this in it


It should output your PHP settings when you try to reach it, check for MySQL support


Create a file to check you MySQL settings

vi /mnt/opt/apache/htdocs/swisscenter/config/test_mysql.php 

and put this in it

echo mysql_pconnect('swiss','swisscenter','swisscenter');

Try and access it and see what it gives you



I installed recently and had to deviate as detailed below: - During mysql installation: cp support-files/my-small.cnf /etc/my.cnf The file my-small.cnf is too slow, try my-medium.cnf

In /mnt/opt/apache/conf/httpd.conf

Change: DirectoryIndex index.html index.php to get php files run by web server by default

Change: Port 8000 LinkTheater needs the server on port 8000

In /mnt/opt/apache/htdocs Move: all files from /mnt/opt/apache/htdocs/swisscenter to /mnt/opt/apache/htdocs It seems that swisscenter assumes it's the root

Remove: index.html* so that index.php will be picked up, could probably change order of DirectoryIndex instead

php must be in the path for media scanning to work ln -s /mnt/opt/php4/bin/php /usr/bin/php

apache 1.3.xx does not support larger than 2 gig files using apache 2 require php changes --with-apxs2 instead of --with-apxs Now videos won't stream at all - fix this by uncommenting EnableSendfile off


These are on a pc so it doesn't show up quite right.

Today's Weather Week's Weather Change City Internet Radio Internet Radio Listen to Music Browse Video

More screenshots can be seen from here