Testing Area/Behat Testing/Setup

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How to install Mahara and Behat

Note: These instructions for Mahara and Behat setup are only for machines running Linux. They will not work for Windows machines

For dev's instructions to install a Mahara

Please use System_Administrator's_Guide/Installing_Mahara.

Otherwise, if you do not have Mahara installed

Note: If you do have Mahara already installed, skip to #Behat_Installation

Install Apache, PHP5, Database, Git:

sudo apt-get install php5 php5-cli php5-pgsql php5-xmlrpc php5-intl php5-curl php5-gd php5-xdebug php5-dbg postgresql apache2 git curl openjdk-7-jre-headless xvfb

Restart Apache

sudo service apache2 restart

Make a Mahara directory in the same place as Moodle

sudo mkdir /var/www/html/mahara

Then change into the Mahara directory

cd /var/www/html/mahara

Then change the permission (insert the username of the machine into the username. Don't use the word username)

sudo chown username:username /var/www/html/mahara

Get Mahara clone.

git clone .

Checkout the master(15.04) branch

git checkout master

Note: if this step doesn't work. You may have forgotten the fullstop off the end of the git clone command. It created a mahara directory inside the other mahara directory. Go in to the file explorer and delete the second instance.

Become Postgres user:

sudo su postgres

Open psql. After some preamble you should see the prompt postgres=#.


You should now see postgres=# ready and awaiting your command.

Create a user and don't use the PW that you use for your workstation:

CREATE USER maharauser WITH PASSWORD 'yourpassword';

As you previously did, you should see postgres=# You are now going to create a database:


Exit to leave psql by pressing Ctrl-D

Exit back to your own user:


Make a data directory:

sudo mkdir /var/www/maharadata

Make directory writeable by mahara:

sudo chmod 777 /var/www/maharadata

In the code below make sure you change <your email address> to your actual work email address, without the <> signs.

$cfg = new stdClass();

$branch = 'master';

// database connection details
// valid values for dbtype are 'postgres8' and 'mysql5'
$cfg->dbtype   = 'postgres';
$cfg->dbhost   = 'localhost';
$cfg->dbuser   = 'maharauser';
$cfg->dbname   = "mahara";
$cfg->dbpass   = 'password'; 

$cfg->dataroot = "/var/www/maharadata";

$cfg->sendemail = true;
$cfg->sendallemailto = '<your email address>';

$cfg->productionmode = false;
$cfg->perftofoot = true;

An example config.php should appear:

  • Copy all of the code above
  • open text editor from start menu
  • paste code
  • save file in the directory: /var/www/html/mahara/htdocs/ and call it config.php
  • save

Behat installation

Add these config settings to the bottom of your config.php file.

// Behat config
$cfg->dbprefix = ''; // Behat complains without this
$cfg->wwwroot = '';
$cfg->behat_dbprefix = 'behat_'; // must not empty
$cfg->behat_dataroot = '/var/www/maharadata/behat';
$cfg->behat_wwwroot = 'http://localhost:8000';

Make a data directory:

sudo mkdir /var/www/maharadata/behat

Make directory writeable by mahara:

sudo chmod 777 /var/www/maharadata/behat

Run Behat tests

cd /var/www/html/mahara
./test/behat/ run

For the first time of running behat, you need to wait for the Behat environment initialisation.

Run your specific test from now on run: Make sure it's saved in the feature folder with the name something.feature and it has tags in it, inc @javascript and then run this line from the mahara directory: Remember cd into Mahara directory first.

./test/behat/ run @yourtags