Getting Started With Sympl

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Sympl is designed to be easy to use and low maintenance, but there are a few things to be aware of.

About Users

Once Sympl is installed, your system with have a new user called sympl, who should be used to manage the configuration of Sympl.

If you used the install script, the sympl user will have a temporary password set which can be found by running less ~/README_SYMPL.txt.

If you haven't done so already, you should change the password as soon as possible with the command passwd sympl.

You may want to consider using SSH keys rather than logging in with a password, however you will still need a password for sudo access.

Using the system root User

Where possible, Sympl discourages you from using the root user when logging in and making any configuration changes.

This mainly applies to the /srv/ directory and the firewall configuration in /etc/sympl/firewall/.

If a directory in /srv/ is owned by a system user (ie: root, or a user with a UID lower than 1000), then it will typically be ignored.

If you do need elevated permissions for some action, then sudo is available to the sympl user.

The MySQL root User

Similarly, the MySQL root user should not be needed in 99.9% of cases. If you want to create a new database and user for a site, you can use the command sympl create mysql databasename and Sympl will handle it for you and tell you the password.

A user named sympl with effectively the same permissions was created when Sympl was installed, and you can access the MySQL command line directly with the mysql command. However, if you need it the password for the sympl user in MySQL, it can be found in /home/sympl/mysql_password.

Manual Configuration Changes

If a configuration file has been generated by Sympl and is then edited by something else, it generally won't be modified by Sympl again. If this is the case, there will be a comment at the top of the file.

Using This Wiki

This wiki is designed as a one-stop location for all documentation for Sympl, and is aimed at a wide range of user skill levels.

When reading the guides here, and commands, files, directories and others are in plain fixed-width text, with variables (elements you should change when typing something) are written in bold italic fixed-width text,

If you can't find what you need here or something isn't clear, please post on the forum and let us know!