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  1. verify that you have the prerequisites installed
    • perl
      the software has been tested with 5.6.1 and should work with most other versions of perl 5 as well.
      Find perl at

      Note: there are issues with some versions of perl on some operating systems, see bugs.html for additional details.

    • sendmail and qpage are recommended. either or both can be used to send notifications.
      Find sendmail at
      Find qpage at

      Note: this does not need to be the real sendmail, as long as it looks and smells like sendmail. ie. qmail's sendmail compatible sendmail program will be just fine.

    • fping is used by the Ping Monitoring module for ping tests. While this is not required, it is highly recommended.
      Find fping at

    • a cgi capable web server, such as apache.
      Find apache at

    • Berkeley DB and perl DB_File
      Find DB at
      DB_File ships with perl.

      Alternatively, ndbm, odbm, sdbm, or gdbm can be used, but they have not been extensively tested.

    • an understanding of UNIX file permissions and how to use and operate your web server.

    some additional modules that may be useful are listed in the advanced installation section.
  2. unbundle the tarball
  3. run ./Configure
    if upgrading from 3.2 or later, you can run ./Configure --upgrade
  4. answer any questions it asks
  5. run make
  6. as root, run make install
  7. create 2 files in the data directory:
    1. config
    2. users
    in addition to the documentation, the tarball contains examples in the 'examples' directory.
  8. configure your web server
    • be sure that $datadir is writable by the www user (or whatever uid your web server runs as)
    • copy icons to somewhere accessible by your web server (these locations get specified in config file, above) or feel free to replace them with your own icons, or no icons at all.
  9. start the argus server by running argusd
    or install the rc.argusd script as appropriate for your system.
  10. check the argus log file ($datadir/log) and/or your syslog logs to verify that argus is operating correctly.
  11. load the argus cgi interface in your web browser, and verify that everything is configured correctly.
  12. perform any optional advanced configuration described in the advanced installation section.
  13. you are finished, sing a happy song, or, optionally, send in a bug report or survey report