Installing ZoneMinder on UbuntuServer – Zoneminder repo

Goal is to install the latest version of ZoneMinder

ZoneMinder Installation

Either run commands in this install using sudo or use the below to become root
sudo -i
Note: When I do this it asks for my password, and the prompt goes from $ to #, so I know it’s root access now

Appears that ZoneMinder is available via Ubuntu directly, but if I want the absolute latest, I need to configure something for iconnor — not sure who or what iconnor is, but I’ll do that

add-apt-repository ppa:iconnor/zoneminder
Note: Came back with references to requesting keyrings. Says that a trustdb is created.
Says Launchpad PPA for Isaac Connor imported — so it some guy called Isaac…

Update repo and upgrade
Note: I’m thinking this is redundant because I’ve just done the upgrade to UbuntuServer 16.04, but I’ll do anyway
apt-get update
Note: Done
apt-get upgrade
Note: Done
apt-get dist-upgrade
Note: Done

Configuring MySQL:
Looks like I have version 5.7.29 of MySQL installed
Certain new defaults in MySQL 5.7 are currently causing some issues with ZoneMinder, the workaround is to modify the sql_mode setting of MySQL.

To better manage the MySQL server it is recommended to copy the sample config file and replace the default my.cnf symbolic link.

rm /etc/mysql/my.cnf (this removes the current symbolic link)
Note: This removes the file my.cnf
Note: Before doing this command, I opened the file. Aside from a bunch of comments, there are lines:
!includedir /etc/mysql/conf.d/
!includedir /etc/mysql/mysql.conf.d/

rm /etc/mysql/my.cnf
Note: File has been deleted

cp /etc/mysql/mysql.conf.d/mysqld.cnf /etc/mysql/my.cnf
Note: The file my.cnf has way more stuff in it now

Change the settings in my.cnf with an application called nano
nano /etc/mysql/my.cnf

In the [mysqld] section add the following:

CTRL+o then [Enter] to save
CTRL+x to exit
Note: I went back into to my.cnf and confirmed change. OK.

Restart MySQL Server
systemctl restart mysql
Note: Done

Install ZoneMinder
Note: I’m going to do a new post for the configuration, as this is getting long.
Note: So far so good. Don’t exactly know what all the commands are really doing, but I’m just following instructions…

apt-get install zoneminder
Note: This takes a while. Letting it unpack and chug.
Note: Wasn’t that bad — about 4-5 minutes long.

Now to configure the database

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