Does anyone have experience with Discourse? (RoR)

I have had absolutely nothing to do with Ruby on Rails and I have a request to install the discourse forum software..but am not sure where to start. I see a script for RoR that seems to allow an installation to a virtual server..but beyond that, I am not sure.

Would anyone have an idea, or could point me in the right direction?

They keep referencing Docker as the preferred installation method.




Howdy -- I unfortunately haven't attempted to install Discourse before.

I agree with what you mentioned above, researching that software, it does sound like Docker is the preferred installation method.

Docker involves setting up a container system such as LXC -- the installation video they have here may explain how to setup Docker as well:

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Submitted by Joe on Sat, 05/16/2015 - 10:01 Pro Licensee

I installed it many moons ago when it was new, to have a play with it (I was considering using it for Virtualmin forums). At the time it was reasonably easy to get running on a regular Virtualmin system with RoR installed from Install Scripts. But, that was a long time ago, and it was a brand new project. It may be more complicated now that it's had a few years to grow.

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Submitted by Joe on Sat, 05/16/2015 - 10:04 Pro Licensee

Looking over the requirements, it does require redis and PostgreSQL. PostgreSQL is easy, and Virtualmin supports it, though it's not enabled in a default install, so you'll need to turn it on and create a database for Discourse to use. There's probably a package for redis, so it's also probably not too hard to setup.