Although CARMA won't increase the load on your web server by much, we suggest you get good hardware so your members' area loads quickly every time.
CARMA Requires the following software:
- Linux, Unix, BSD, OS X, or Darwin
- You must not use Cpanel
- You must not use mod_security
- mod_PHP (version 4.4 or greater) (5.3.x is not supported)
- MySQL support
- GD support (version 1.8 or higher)
- freetype support
- In your server's php.ini:
- Disable php
- Set the php
max_execution_timeto 300 or disable it
- Set the php
memory_limitto at least 64M
- Apache and the CLI must allow exec commands from PHP
- Image Magick
- MPlayer with all codecs
- zip (optional)
- mencoder (optional)
- flvtool2 (optional)
- If possible ensure the "enable_dl" setting is turned on in php.ini
You don't need the optional requirements, but if you don't install them, you can't use the features that depend on them. You only need
mencoder if you want CARMA to convert videos to Flash.
64-bit FreeBSD Codec Incompatibility
Note: if you use 64-bit FreeBSD, you may not be able to encode videos in some formats. This isn't a problem with CARMA -- some video codecs don't run on 64-bit FreeBSD. If you have any concerns about whether this note affects you, please contact your host.
Dedicated Server Required
For numerous reasons, CARMA will not be installed on a shared server (this includes VPS systems and cloud servers). Performance issues, load issues, permissions issues, and directory restriction issues are just some of the potential reasons why it has been determined that CARMA installations on a shared server cannot realistically be done. It's also common that shared servers will use control panel programs and/or have too many restrictions on functionality to operate properly or predictably.