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Packaging Giraffe

Giraffe is the free open source variant of the Zarafa Collaboration Platform packaged for Debian.


Current State

The packages of Zarafa (server) are uploaded to experimental and is waiting for a review by the ftpmasters in the new queue. zarafa-webapp isn't finally packaged and not available by the Debian repositories, the packaging process is not yet finished.


zarafa-server, ...


  • Check place of the database while install (local or remote) -> Debconf

  • Fix Lintian errors and warnings
  • Review and forward patches against libical (and libvmime, see above) on upstream. For now it seems we can run with the versions of the revitalized package.

  • Move dlopen'ed libs to private directory
  • Remove embedded copies of fckeditor via the dfsg-clean branch in git, (use fckeditor package)

    • To be re done with version 7.2.x
  • Test full functionality
    • We'd need some Outlook users here, too...
  • fix init script
    • systemd compatibility
    • error out when database is missing
    • often hangs on stop
  • systemd unit file (partially done)
  • MTA integration
  • check package descriptions
  • logrotate (upstream available in installer/linux/zarafa.logrotate, put in zarafa-common, split it per package)
  • check pre-/postinstall scripts: they do no error handling, don't include debhelper snippets
  • z-push upstream update
  • do not run as UID 0 (problematic for zarafa-search, otherwise it is configurable in the config files)
  • zarafa-common: kill it with fire, no useful parts
  • Adding mechanism to not conflict with packages from upstream


  • (./) import upstream version 7.2.0

  • (./) switch to debhelper

  • (./) Use dbconfig-common/Debconf to generate the initial configuration

    • database name
    • database user
    • database login
  • zarafa-client:
    • (./) Rename zarafa-client to libzarafa-client0 since it contains no client programs

    • (./) make libzarafaclient a proper versioned shared lib (or a private one)

  • (./) Adding some basic autopkgtests



  • Support more web server configurations (currently only Apache2)
  • Lintian is complaining about
    • tinymce (TinyMCE currently overridden as Debian version is to old)

  • Adding mechanism to not conflict with packages from upstream


The origin of this list is provided by GuidoGünther in https://honk.sigxcpu.org/piki/agx/publications/2011-06-debian-groupware-zs.pdf.

There was also a talk given on the Zarafa Tour 2015 in Hannover (in german)Talk-Hannover-ZarafaTour2015.pdf.

Using KVM for testing

You probably wont use your current system to test the zarafa packages and that's a good idea so far. KVM is a good alternative for testing because it's supporting snapshot mechanism for easy using and resetting of installations.

Installing needed KVM components

Installation is easy as it's simply a one liner.

$ sudo apt-get install qemu-kvm libvirt-bin bridge-utils virt-manager virtinst

Further preparations

After this ensure you are a member of the group 'libvirt'

$ sudo usermod -aG libvirt [YOUR_USERNAME]

The virtual network adapter inside the libvirt environment is disabled per default so before to continue start it.

$ virsh -c qemu:///system net-autostart default
$ virsh -c qemu:///system net-start default

The next calls maybe not really needed, but on the other hand it's no problem if the storage pools already up, so just to throw possible issues away.

$ virsh -c qemu:///system pool-start default
$ virsh -c qemu:///system pool-start boot-scratch

Installation of a virtual image

After the finishing of the preparation from above you can install a first image. The installation can be as known done fully automated by a preseed file, Guido has prepared file preseed.cfg. Download the file for example to the 'Downloads' folder within your home directory.

$ wget -P $HOME/Downloads http://honk.sigxcpu.org/projects/libvirt/preseed/preseed.cfg

Next you can set up a install, for example based on the Jessie release amd64 and named unstable-amd64-zarafa.

$ RELEASE=unstable
$ NAME=zarafa
$ DIST=amd64
$ virt-install --connect=qemu:///system \
               --location="http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/dists/$RELEASE/main/installer-$DIST" \
               --initrd-inject=$HOME/Downloads/preseed.cfg \
               --extra-args="auto" \
               --name $RELEASE-$DIST-$NAME --ram=512 \

This will install a image named 'unstable-amd64-zarafa.qcow2' with a size of 10GB under /var/lib/libvirt/images/. After the install the image will boot automatically.

Usage of KVM images

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