HOWTO setup Trac with Mercurial and Nginx

“A goal is a dream with a deadline.” – Napleon Hill

A bug-tracking and project management tool is required to manage the timeline. Trac is my all-time favorite and it supports the Mercurial via TracMercurial plugin.

Before we move on, we need to rebuild the python-2.6 to get some missing modules with C extensions back:

# Install the following development package to build python modules
sudo yum install bzip2-devel readline-devel gdbm-devel bsddb-devel ncurses-devel db4-devel sqlite-devel
# Rebuild the Python-2.6
./configure --prefix=/opt/python
make && sudo make install

Install Trac and MercurialTrac

sudo /opt/python/bin/easy\_install http://svn.edgewall.org/repos/trac/tags/trac-0.11
PATH=/opt/python/bin:$PATH sudo trac-admin /var/trac/bloggo/ initenv

When repository type is prompted, use hg instead.

Then we install the MercurialTrac plugin globally, so it can be used later for other projects:

svn co http://svn.edgewall.com/repos/trac/sandbox/mercurial-plugin-0.11
cd mercurial-plugin-0.11
python setup.py bdist\_egg
sudo /opt/python/bin/easy\_install dist/TracMercurial-0.11.0.7-py2.6.egg

Now it is time to run Trac in TracStandalone mode to verify the configuration in Trac side.

Configure Nginx to and FastCGI

The Trac instance is loaded via spawn-fcgi as other web applications using this script. The PATH is overridden to use python-2.6, and TRAC_ENV_PARENT_DIRis exported explicitly. I doubt this may contaminate other Trac instances, I will fix it later if so. The multiple Trac instances are located in the /projects/ path, and we need HTTP Basic Auth to protect the entry point.

location ~ /projects/[^/]+/login {
    auth_basic "Trac";
    auth_basic_user_file "/var/trac/devpasswd";

    fastcgi_split_path_info ^(/projects)(/.*)$;
    fastcgi_param PATH_INFO $fastcgi_path_info;
    fastcgi_param AUTH_USER $remote_user;
    fastcgi_param REMOTE_USER $remote_user;
    include fastcgi_params;
    fastcgi_pass 127.0.0.1:9004;
}

location /projects/ {
    fastcgi_split_path_info ^(/projects)(/.*)$;
    fastcgi_param PATH_INFO $fastcgi_path_info;
    fastcgi_param AUTH_USER $remote_user;
    fastcgi_param REMOTE_USER $remote_user;
    include fastcgi_params;
    fastcgi_pass 127.0.0.1:9004;
}

Any thoughts to refactor the configuration to eliminate the duplication?