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Useful scripts to maintain i-doit

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i-doit is a software application for IT documentation and a CMDB (Configuration Management Database). This application is very useful to collect all your knowledge about the IT infrastructure you are dealing with. i-doit is a Web application and has an exhausting API which is very useful to automate your infrastructure.

Install i-doit on a GNU/Linux operating system

The script idoit-install allows you to easily install the latest version of

  • i-doit pro or
  • i-doit open

on a fresh installation of a GNU/Linux operating system. Supported OSs are:

  • Debian GNU/Linux 8 "jessie"
  • Debian GNU/Linux 9 "stretch" (recommended)
  • Ubuntu Linux 16.04 LTS "xenial"
  • Ubuntu Linux 16.10 "yakkety"
  • Ubuntu Linux 17.04 "zesty"
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 7.3, 7.4 and 7.5
  • CentOS 7.3, 7.4, 7.5
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP2 and SP3

Before you execute this script you …

  • Must install one of the supported operating systems in x86 64 bit based on the requirements mentioned in the i-doit knowledge base (excluding the LAMP stack)
  • Should create a backup/snapshot of your system
  • Must make sure that the system is allowed to access external Web services, for example package repositories and the i-doit website.

The script includes several steps which are essential for i-doit:

  • Install needed distribution packages (LAMP stack)
  • Configure PHP
  • Configure Apache Web server
  • Configure MariaDB DBMS
  • Download and install the latest version of i-doit pro or open
  • Deploy cron jobs and an easy-to-use CLI tool for your i-doit instance
  • Deploy scripts to backup and restore your i-doit instance

All steps are based on information provided by the i-doit knowledge base.


Connect to your freshly installed OS, for example via SSH. Download the script idoit-install and execute it with super-user rights (root).



Alternatively, use cURL for the download:

curl -LO

Make the script executable:

chmod 755 idoit-install

Either run the script as root:


Or run it with sudo if available:

sudo ./idoit-install

The script will ask you several questions. All of them have default answers. This allows you to just hit ENTER whenever a user interaction is needed.

It's also possible to run this script without any user interaction. For example, use yes to accept all default answers:

yes "" | ./idoit-install

Here is an example recording how to install i-doit on a fresh + clean Debian GNU/Linux 9 "stretch" in under 2 minutes (click on the picture):


Who should use this script?

You should install i-doit with this script if you agree with one or more of the following statements:

  1. "I need a stable instance of i-doit with a good performance installed on a recommended operating system."
  2. "I am unsure how to maintain a GNU/Linux operating system."
  3. "I do not have the time to setup i-doit."

Who should not use this script?

You should not install i-doit with this script if you agree with one or more of the following statements:

  1. "I am an experienced GNU/Linux system administrator."
  2. "i-doit will not be the only application on this system."
  3. "I have special requirements to run i-doit."

What to do next?

There are several steps you still need to do by yourself:

  1. Install your license (only pro version)
  2. Document your IT (obviously ;-))

Easy-use of the i-doit CLI

i-doit is shipped with a commandline tool called console.php. It is a little bit complicated to execute it because you have to change to i-doit's installation directory and you need the user rights of the Apache Web server. Additionally, you need to login before using one of the useful "commands".

To make sysadmin's life easier you may wrap the console.php in a separate script called idoit. It changes to the right directory, gains proper rights and stores your credentials.

This script can be installed with idoit-install and will be copied to /usr/local/bin/. Its configuration settings may be altered in a file located under /etc/i-doit/

To display the usage run:


Call a handler with optional arguments:


For example, use the notifications-send handler to send emails:

idoit notifications-send

Run important jobs automatically

There are some jobs which are essential for keeping your CMDB in a good shape. There is a script called idoit-jobs to handle some important jobs properly:

  • Clean up cache files
  • Clean up update packages
  • Archive older logbook entries
  • Re-create cache for user rights
  • Purge "unfinished" objects
  • Re-create the search index
  • Send notifications by email

This script can be installed with idoit-install and will be copied to /usr/local/bin/. Its configuration settings may be altered in a file located under /etc/i-doit/

Manually execute the jobs by running:

sudo idoit-jobs

You may want to execute this script automatically by creating a new cron job. There is already a file for that called cron which can be copied to /etc/cron.d/i-doit. Deploy this script and pre-configured cron jobs with idoit-install to run the jobs every night.

Backup and restore i-doit

There are two useful scripts to backup and restore your i-doit instance. The backups contain the following data:

  • i-doit installation files including uploaded files and installed add-ons
  • Dumps of the system database and the first tenant's database

Backups are compressed and stored under /var/backup/i-doit/. They will be kept for at least 30 days.

Both scripts can easily be installed with idoit-install and will be copied to /usr/local/bin/. Their configuration settings may be altered in a file located under /etc/i-doit/

Create a backup manually by running:

sudo idoit-backup

To restore the latest backup run:

sudo idoit-restore

You may automate your backups with a cron job. idoit-install can handle it (see above).

Keep in mind that these scripts are just a little step for a good backup strategy. Consider to copy those backup files to another location. Additionally, if you installed i-doit within a virtual machine you should create snapshots.

Collect data about i-doit, installed add-ons and your system

Works smoothly with the i-doit Virtual Appliance:


Alter passwords for various users and remove default users

Works smoothly with the i-doit Virtual Appliance:


Deploy hot fixes

Sometimes there is a chance to find an unwanted behavior (a.k.a. bug) within i-doit or its add-ons. You want it to be fixed as soon as possible. You cannot wait for the next release.

For these conditions synetics provides hot fixes. Hot fixes are ZIP files which needs to be extracted in the root location of your i-doit instance. For an easy deployment you may use idoit-hotfix. Just copy the ZIP file via SSH to your GNU/Linux system, connect to this host via SSH and run the script:

idoit-hotfix /path/to/

Configuration Settings

As already mentioned before some scripts provide configuration settings. These settings may be altered in a file located under /etc/i-doit/

There is a default configuration file you may use:

Setting Default Value Description
CONSOLE_BIN /usr/local/bin/idoit See "Easy-use of the i-doit CLI"
APACHE_USER www-data (Debian/Ubuntu), apache (RHEL/CentOS), wwwrun (SLES) User who runs Apache Web server
SYSTEM_DATABASE idoit_system i-doit's system database
TENANT_DATABASE idoit_data i-doit's tenant database
MARIADB_USERNAME idoit MariaDB user for i-doit
MARIADB_PASSWORD idoit Password for this user
MARIADB_HOSTNAME localhost localhost uses a local UNIX socket for a better performance
INSTANCE_PATH /var/www/html (Debian/Ubuntu/RHEL/CentOS), /srv/www/htdocs (SLES) In which directory is i-doit located?
IDOIT_USERNAME admin i-doit user who executes CLI commands
IDOIT_PASSWORD admin User's password
BACKUP_DIR /var/backups/i-doit Directory for local backups
BACKUP_AGE 30 Max. age of backup files (in days); 0 disables it

The installation script idoit-install will ask the user to change most of the default values. Pro tip: You should set your own passwords. ;-) You may alter them with idoit-pwd.

Contribute & Support

Please, report any issues to our issue tracker. Pull requests are very welcomed.

Copyright & License

Copyright (C) 2017-18 synetics GmbH

Licensed under the GNU Affero GPL version 3 or later (AGPLv3+). This is free software: you are free to change and redistribute it. There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.