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Can I run an app within a Bitnami stack on Webfaction? If so, will it require more resources or RAM than a native install of the app?

I'm considering it as an alternative to avoid the problems and errors that arise when installing.

asked 21 Jul '15, 16:28

PeterA
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Can I run an app within a Bitnami stack on Webfaction?

Yes, here are the general steps to take:

  1. Create a 'custom app listening on port' application in our control panel for each port that your installed app will need. For example, the WordPress Bitnami stack needs two ports, one for MySQL and one for Apache, so you would need to create two 'custom app listening on port' applications. Make a note of the port numbers.
  2. Download the Bitnami installer to your web server, eg: wget https://bitnami.com/redirect/to/65720/bitnami-wordpress-4.2.2-2-linux-x64-installer.run
  3. Make the installer executable: chmod u+x bitnami-wordpress-4.2.2-2-linux-x64-installer.run
  4. Run the installer: ./bitnami-wordpress-4.2.2-2-linux-x64-installer.run
  5. At that point, the installer will guide you through the installation process, asking you where to install things, what ports to use, etc.

If so, will it require more resources or RAM than a native install of the app?

Yes, almost certainly. For example, when I tested the procedure above, the installer created a MySQL server and Apache server that were consuming over 500MB of RAM, and that was with zero site traffic. By comparison, our built-in WordPress installer sets things up to use the server's shared MySQL instance (which doesn't count towards your RAM allowance) and php-cgi (so your app's processes are short-lived and don't count towards your RAM allowance).

I'm considering it as an alternative to avoid the problems and errors that arise when installing.

It's possible that you could work around whatever problems you're seeing by using a Bitnami stack, but as you can see there will be a cost with regards to resource usage.

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answered 21 Jul '15, 19:11

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