Building Zimbra using Git
The git fusion server gives users access to download and build/modify Zimbra source code for Open Source products. Building Zimbra Collaboration Suite from Zimbra's git fusion server requires advanced knowledge of troubleshooting. It is not available for Network Edition components. Changes cannot be committed to the git fusion server.
By building Zimbra, you agree to Zimbra's licensing terms. Building from source is not covered under the ZEUL, unlike pre-compiled binaries, but rather the Open Source licenses as descrived on the licensing page. Please read the page on contributing if you plan to submit back any patches.
Technical support for source building can be found in the Zimbra Developers forum.
By default, you will only be able to build "out of the box" with supported operating systems (see list on site or files in ZimbraBuild/defs). However, you may be able to modify the source to get Zimbra to build on your OS of choice.
At it's simplest, to obtain the source you need to essentially:
- Install git
- yum install git (RHEL, SLES, etc)
- aptitude install git (Ubuntu, etc)
- Obtain the git ssh access keys
mkdir -p /tmp/zimbra-git cd /tmp/zimbra-git wget http://files2.zimbra.com/downloads/git-fusion/zimbra-git-ssh.tgz tar xfz zimbra-git-ssh.tgz
- Add the access keys to your own user account:
cd ~/.ssh cp /tmp/zimbra-git/id_rsa_git* .
- Add the following ~/.ssh/config. Create the file if it doesn't exist:
Host zimbra-git User public Hostname git.zimbra.com IdentityFile ~/.ssh/id_rsa_git IdentitiesOnly yes Port 1067
- Ensure the permissions on the config file are correct
chmod 600 ~/.ssh/config
Obtaining the source to Zimbra Collaboration Suite
The source code for ZCS is retrieved from git.zimbra.com as described above.
To obtain the source:
mkdir -p ~/git cd ~/git git clone git@zimbra-git:zimbra-foss
Source for the "main" branch
- main is the development branch.
The 'main' branch, (often referred to as mainline) contains the latest code - if your interested in seeing pre-release software check it out.
It is constantly in flux (for instance we might stagger spec files to avoid the need to always rebuild ThirdParty), if you're hitting a error in the Zimbra build side the first thing to do is re-sync, as we typically resolve these fast.
It is the default branch in use after doing a checkout of zimbra-foss
Listing available branches
The zimbra-foss repo contains all the available release branches. You can obtain a list of the branches via:
git branch -a
Example output (abbreviated)
* main-foss remotes/origin/HEAD -> origin/main-foss remotes/origin/frank-foss remotes/origin/franklin-5010-foss remotes/origin/franklin-5011-foss remotes/origin/franklin-5012-foss remotes/origin/franklin-5013-foss remotes/origin/franklin-5014-foss remotes/origin/franklin-5015-foss remotes/origin/franklin-5016-foss remotes/origin/franklin-5017-foss remotes/origin/franklin-5018-foss remotes/origin/franklin-5019-foss remotes/origin/franklin-5020-foss
The branch with a * in front of it is your active checkout.
Changing the active checkout
To change the active branch, you use the git checkout command, and supply the release you are interested in.
For example, to switch to the IRONMAIDEN 8.0.7 release branch, one would execute:
git checkout ironmaiden-807-foss
Updating an existing clone
To update an already existing clone:
cd ~/git/zimbra-foss git pull
Building Zimbra Collaboration Server
To build Zimbra Collaboration Server, the "buildZCSH.sh" script can be used, that is located in the ZimbraBuild directory after the checkout completes.
The first time you go to build, it is recommended to execute
cd ~/git/zimbra-foss/ZimbraBuild ./buildZCS.sh -t -u
This will help you through adding Ant & JDK, check dependencies, build ThridParty using a public CPAN mirror for Perl, then start the ZCS build process. It requires sudo access to install the various required binaries and libraries for build (The -u option).
If the server already has the various required binaries and libraries installed, then:
cd ~/git/zimbra-foss/ZimbraBuild ./buildZCS.sh -t
Can be used to just build out Third Party and ZCS.
If Third Party has already been built, and simply rebuilding ZCS is desired, this can be achieved with:
cd ~/git/zimbra-foss/ZimbraBuild ./buildZCS.sh
Building Zimbra Desktop
- Building Zimbra Desktop on Linux
- Building Zimbra Desktop on Windows (win32)
- Building Zimbra Desktop on Macintosh (OS 10.4.6+)
Buiding Zimbra Mobile Edition
ZME (J2ME) Client: Building ZimbraME
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