Requirements for fBuilder 2.4.x
Please note: this documentation is a work in progress
If you have any questions about the use of fBuilder 2.4, please email support
and we will be happy to assist.
When you download fBuilder, you are downloading a package with
binaries. These binaries were built with and depend on the following being
installed on your Linux system.
fBuilder has been successfully tested on the following systems.
- Kernel 2.4.x
- glibc >= 2.1.3 (or compatible version)
- ip_conntrack modules for iptables
If you download fBuilder and try to run it on a system other than what we
have listed above and have problems, send an email to email@example.com
with detailed information about your system, such as the version of glibc,
and Perl, and we will try to get a copy of fBuilder built for your
system. Also let us know if it works!
- RedHat 7.x
- RedHat 8.x
- Mandrake 8.2
- SuSe 7.1
- Debian/GNU Linux with kernel 2.4.x.
Download fBuilder from
InnerTek Software to your Linux machine and untar the package to a local
directory. Note: Do not unzip these files on a Windows machine as this has been
known to corrupt the files. Before running the install file you must
manually add a fbuilder account on your system. This account is needed by
the boa web server and must be in place for the installation script to run
correctly. The installation script assumes that you have Perl installed to
/usr/bin/perl. If this is not the location that you have Perl installed to,
you will need to modify the install script to specify the correct location
or type 'perl install' to run it.
Running the Install Script:
fBuilder is now installed and the Boa web server has been
started. Copy the fbuilder.lic file, that was sent to the email address you provided
when downloading the product, to /usr/local/fbuilder. You can now connect to fBuilder by typing
http://machinename.company.com:8000 in the URL line of your web browser,
log in using the username and password that you specified in the install
script, and proceed to use fBuilder to create new users and build your
firewall. If machinename.company.com is not registered on your local DNS,
you will need to place it in your hosts file to access your fBuilder installation.
- cd to the directory wher you unzipped fBuilder and type ./install
- The first thing that the script asks if for a username and
password. This is the username and password that you will use to access
fBuilder for the first time.
- You will be prompted for your server name. This should be in the
machinename.company.com format. You MUST use a name on this screen, not
the IP Address of the machine, for fBuilder to function properly. When
connecting to fBuilder you will use the name entered on this screen by
typing http://machinename.company.com:8000 in the URL line of your web
browser. If you forget the name that you entered, it is
stored in /usr/local/fbuilder/.hosts.
- The install script then calls loadmods.pl which loads your iptables modules that are located in
/lib/modules/$kernel/kernel/net/ipv4/netfilter (where $kernel is your kernel
version). This script can be used at a later time to load your modules at boot time.
- At this point the script should install your product and complete
As mentioned above, the boa web server is bundled with fBuilder. The file
boa.conf is the configuration for the boa web server and is set to have boa
listen on port 8000 by default.
If you restart your machine, you can start boa by typing
/usr/local/fbuilder/boa while logged in as root or by having it run on
startup by adding an entry to your /etc/rc.d/rc.local file, for RedHat
users, or the appropriate start up file for your distribution.
Boa is distributed under the GNU General
Public License, therefore, the source code for the boa distribution used
with fBuilder is also available. You should have received the file
boa-0.94.6.tar.gz with this package. If you did not, please send email to
firstname.lastname@example.org and include the location/server where you got this
For more information about the Boa web server go to http://www.boa.org