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multisites possible?

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Community Member, 10 Posts

6 October 2010 at 9:27pm

FullWebService, are you using SS 2.4.2? I have the same infinite redirect problem if I follow the instructions by Banal in

I think the _ss_environment.php handling might have changed since 2.4.1. Here's what i do to make it work:

1) create _ss_environment.php with

define('BASE_PATH', rtrim(dirname(dirname($_SERVER['SCRIPT_FILENAME'])), DIRECTORY_SEPARATOR));

2) Do NOT add require_once('conf/ConfigureFromEnv.php'); into mysite/_config.php

The rest of the symlinks creations are the same.


Community Member, 38 Posts

6 October 2010 at 10:04pm

Edited: 06/10/2010 10:07pm

The folder thing were some symlinks gone rogue... I got that fixed.

Now I just get a blank page...

Looks like I've got some more debugging to do!

## EDIT ##

Warning: fopen() [function.fopen]: SAFE MODE Restriction in effect. The script whose uid is 0 is not allowed to access /tmp/silverstripe-cache-var-ss-242 owned by uid 48 in /var/ss/242/sapphire/core/ManifestBuilder.php on line 466

Odly enough, tmp is in the open_basedir line.


Community Member, 38 Posts

6 October 2010 at 11:06pm

With safe_mode off I get the infinite redirect problem. I have the _ss_enviroment.php set up and haven't put the line in that requires conf/ConfigureFromEnv.php.

Still... I have a feeling I'll get there eventually.


Community Member, 38 Posts

7 October 2010 at 12:55am

For some reason the _ss_enviroment.php method didn't work. UncleCheese's solution did!

Glad I got it working now!


Community Member, 2 Posts

27 October 2010 at 4:01am

Hi, I'm trying to install ss using the suggestions I've found on this thread to use multisites.

I have dloaded ss and created /var/ss242 containing:


under www/html/silverstripe I have:

-symlinks to the folders in /ss242 (I used "Create link" in gnome)
-the other files from the archive

I gave read and write permissions to everyone in the /ss242 folder as well as assets, config.php and .htaccess
I went to http://localhost/silverstripe and started the installation, which freezes at "Building database schema..."

In the mysql db I can see some tables created but not all of them.

I also tried to untar everything under /www/html/silverstripe, ran the installation and could open the cms admin page.
then copied the folders under /ss242 and created the links.
When I access the ss page, it redirects me to the install.php page

any idea on what am I doing wrong?
am I supposed to put all the directories in place and then install or first install and then move them?


Community Member, 2 Posts

27 October 2010 at 4:23am

Edited: 27/10/2010 5:00am

tried UncleCheese's solution as well and I can access the index page now too, but get a 404 error when trying to access http://localhost/silverstripe/admin

edit: almost done. I had Allowoverride None set in httpd.conf

One last question: do I have to make a new installation for each site? and a new db? or can I just create a new folder in /www/html/ and put the same contenet as the original one?


Community Member, 37 Posts

23 February 2011 at 9:36pm

I realise this is a long running thread and I appreciate the expertise that's already been shared.

Question's I have are:
- I assume that all the sites each need to run on a separate database?
- what are the implications with core upgrades when running a shared codebase? Does dev/build need to be run on every site that uses the shared codebase? (It seems like this would be the case)
- if so, is there a simple way to put all sites in "maintenance mode", upgrade the core, run dev/build on each site, validate the upgrade and then put all sites back into "normal" mode again?

Once I can get my head around the long-term maintenance aspects I'll be keen to get this set up.



Community Member, 88 Posts

24 February 2011 at 4:17am

- Yes, every site requires a seperate DB
- Yes, dev/build?flush=all must be run on every single site (DB)
- I don't know of a build-in way to do so.