BitNami Review Board

    Review Board is a powerful web-based code review tool that offers developers an easy way to handle code reviews. It scales well from small projects to large companies and offers a variety of tools to take much of the stress and time out of the code review process.

    Please, take a look to the Quick Start Guide to know the basic use of this Stack.

    How to start/stop the servers?

    Graphical tool

    The Stacks include a graphical tool to manage the servers easily. You can find the "manager-windows.exe", "manager-osx" or "manager-linux" tool in your installation directory. Using this tool, you can Start, Stop or Restart the servers and check the log files. You can click on the icon to start it.














    On Windows: You can also start the Manager tool from shortcuts: Start -> Program Files -> BitNami Stack -> Manager tool

    Command line tool

    If you prefer, you can use the "" utility from the command line. This script is in the installation directory.


    On Virtual Machines and Cloud images:

    $ sudo /opt/bitnami/ start

    A native installer on Linux:

    $ cd ~/application-version
    $ ./ start



    On OS X: You can start the Manager tool from the installation directory or you can use the "" utility from a Terminal.

    host:~ user$ cd /Applications/application-version
    host:~ user$ ./ start

    How to change the default URL?

    If you want to change the default URL from "http://your_domain/reviewboard" to "http://your_domain you need to follow the steps below.

    1. Change the Media URL parameter at "Settings" -> "General" to /media/

    2. Stop the servers

    3. Edit installdir/apps/reviewboard/rb-sites/reviewboard/conf/reviewboard.conf to point to / instead of /reviewboard

      WSGIScriptAlias / "/home/bitrock/reviewboard-1.6.3-0/apps/reviewboard/rb-sites/reviewboard/htdocs/reviewboard.wsgi" 
      Alias /media "/home/bitrock/reviewboard-1.6.3-0/apps/reviewboard/rb-sites/reviewboard/htdocs/media"
      Alias /errordocs "/home/bitrock/reviewboard-1.6.3-0/apps/reviewboard/rb-sites/reviewboard/htdocs/errordocs"
      Alias /favicon.ico "/home/bitrock/reviewboard-1.6.3-0/apps/reviewboard/rb-sites/reviewboard/htdocs/media/rbcommons/images/favicon.png"
    4. Take a look at the file in installdir/apps/reviewboard/rb-sites/reviewboard/conf  and modify the line below removing reviewboard/ :

      SITE_ROOT = '/'
    5. Start the servers

    Now your Review Board instance should be available in http://your_domain

    How to create a full backup of BitNami Review Board Stack?

    Because BitNami stacks are self-contained, the simplest option for performing your backups is to copy or compress the BitNami Stack installation directory. To do so in a safe manner, you will need to stop all servers, so this method may not be appropriate if you have people accessing the application continously.

    linux_platform.pngOn Virtual Machines and Cloud Images:

    sudo /opt/bitnami/ stop


    On OS X:

    $ cd installdir
    $ ./ stop
    $ cp -r installdir application-backup

    Or you can create a tarball:

    $ tar -czvf application-backup.tar.gz installdir

    Or a zip file:

    $ zip -r installdir/*

    To restore this backup you only need to uncompress the backup in the same location. It is important to use the same path that was used when the stack was originally installed.

    For example if you have a backup in a Red Hat machine, you can copy it to an Ubuntu Linux machine (a different distro!) in the same location. Then start the servers and that’s all.

    On Virtual Machines and Cloud Images:

    $ sudo /opt/bitnami/ start

    On OS X:

    $ cd installdir
    $ ./ start

    You just need to be carefull to keep the same permissions for the files and folders. If you installed as root make sure that in the new machine you copy the files also as root. And this case, if you are also moving MySQL or PostgreSQL, you will need to create those users in the new machine (if they don't exist yet).

    win_platform.png On Windows you should follow the same process. Stop the servers using the shortcuts and copy the whole installation directory. To restore the system, copy the directory to a different Windows machine in the same location and follow these steps from a command prompt:

    $ cd installdir
    $ serviceinstall.bat INSTALL

    You can access your BitNami Application at the usual URL.

    If you want to create only a database backup, check the following link for MySQL /Components/MySQL#How_to_create_a_database_backup or for PostgreSQL /Components/PostgreSQL#How_to_create_a_database_backup.3f

    How to upgrade BitNami Review Board Stack?

    It is strongly recommended that you create a backup before starting the update process. If you have important data, it is advisable that you create and try to restore a backup to ensure that everything works properly.

    There are two different ways to upgrade your application.

    1. If you want to upgrade the application and all Stack components PHP, Ruby, MySQL, Apache… You can follow the steps described at How to upgrade the full Stack migrating the data?
    2. In case you only want to upgrade the application code without modifying any other Stack components,  you should follow the guide which is in the application page itself.

    First of all stop your servers and copy the installdir/apps/reviewboard directory in case something fails and you need to restore it. (In fact, you can copy all installdir, that would be better in case during the upgrade the database get inconsistent).

    Now if you are on linux or in mac you should execute the use_reviewboard script. If you are on Windows go to the Windows Start menu and click on the "Use BitNami Review Board" shortcut.

    In the console execute:

    $ python/bin/easy_install --prefix=installdir/apps/reviewboard --install-dir=installdir/apps/reviewboard/lib/ -U ReviewBoard
    $ rb-site upgrade installdir/apps/reviewboard/rb-sites/reviewboard/

    How to configure a repository on BitNami Review Board Stack?

    In order for Review Board to talk to a source code repository, it must first know how to access it.

    To add a new repository, click the Add link next to the Repositories entry in the database section or the Administrator Dashboard.

    Due to the multiple possible combinations we recommend to read de official documentation at

    How to configure the email settings of BitNami Review Board Stack?

    You can configure the email settings at "Settings" -> "E-Mail" or browsing to "http://hostname:port/reviewboard/admin/settings/email/"

    Set the values for your SMTP settings. For instance, using GMail:

    Finally, you must configure the Server parameter witht  your real domain at "Settings" -> "General".

    How to enable SSL?

    You can see how to configure Apache to enable SSL connections at How to enable SSL to access through https?

    How to debug errors?

    The ReviewBoard log file is located at "/opt/bitnami/apps/reviewboard/rb-sites/reviewboard/logs/". You can also check the Apache error log file to get more info about issues "/opt/bitnami/apache2/logs/error_log".

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