Install Review Board

You must install the Review Board before you can make it available as an integrated application to project managers on your TeamForge site.

  • Install Review Board on the TeamForge Application Server and it needs PostgreSQL database.
  • To install Review Board successfully, ensure that other repositories similar to EPEL (Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux) are disabled apart from the CollabNet and Operating System repositories.
  • This procedure is for those who are installing the Review Board for the first time.
  • In this scenario, both TeamForge and Review Board use PostgreSQL.
  • TeamForge 16.7 supports Review Board 2.0.11 on RHEL/CentOS 6.8 and 7.2.
Attention: Installing or upgrading TeamForge needs root privileges. You must log on as root or use a root shell to install or upgrade TeamForge.

Do this on the main TeamForge Application Server. We'll call this

  1. Download the Review Board installer zip file from and save it in the /opt/collabnet folder
    Note: Download the file.
  2. Unzip the installer zip file.
    • cd /opt/collabnet
    • unzip
  3. Modify these values in the install.conf file to suit your installation environment.
    • vi /opt/collabnet/RBInstaller-1.9.3/installer/install.conf
    Option Description
    rb_dir=/opt/collabnet/reviewboard The path of the directory where the Review Board files and libraries are installed.
    rb_data_dir=/opt/collabnet/reviewboard/data The path of the directory where Review Board's database file, review request files and attachments are stored.
    domain=<domain name or host name> The Review Board site information. For example,
    rb_database_type=postgresql The Review Board database type.
    rb_database_host=<reviewboard_db_hostname> The Review Board database host name.
    rb_database_port=<reviewboard_db_port> The Review Board database port.
    ctf_base_url= The absolute URL of the TeamForge site that you want to associate to.
    ctf_site_var_dir=/opt/collabnet/teamforge/var The location of the rbctfevents.jar file.
  4. Start the TeamForge application.
    • /etc/init.d/collabnet start all
  5. Run the following grep commands to get the value of HTTPD_USER, HTTPD_GROUP and HOME_DIR_BASE.
    • grep HTTPD_USER= /opt/collabnet/teamforge/runtime/conf/runtime-options.conf
    • grep HTTPD_GROUP= /opt/collabnet/teamforge/runtime/conf/runtime-options.conf
    • grep HOME_DIR_BASE= /opt/collabnet/teamforge/runtime/conf/runtime-options.conf
  6. Run the script available in the Review Board installer directory.
    • cd /opt/collabnet/RBInstaller-1.9.3
    • python ./ -i -r --auth-scmuser
    Attention: The Review Board installer pauses abruptly on sites using trusted certificates expecting user intervention. Press Enter to proceed with the installation/upgrade.
  7. Perform this step on the TeamForge PostgreSQL Database Server on sites with database running on a separate server.
    1. Create the Review Board database and user name.
      • su - postgres
      • createuser -P -S --createdb --no-createrole ctfrbuser
      • createdb -E UTF8 -O ctfrbuser ctfrbdb
      • exit
  8. Set up the initial Review Board data. Run the script available in the Review Board installer directory.
    • cd /opt/collabnet/RBInstaller-1.9.3
    • python ./
  9. Run the grep command to get the value of httpd_user and httpd_group.
    • grep httpd_user /etc/
    • grep httpd_group /etc/
    • chown -R <httpd_user>:<httpd_group> /opt/collabnet/reviewboard/data
  10. Restart the TeamForge application.
    • /etc/init.d/collabnet stop all
    • /etc/init.d/collabnet start all
  11. If SCM is installed on a separate box, run the following script to authenticate a scmviewer user against a TeamForge Subversion repository for creating a new review request.
    • python ./ --repo-path=https://<scm_domain>/svn/repos/<repo_dir_name>
    You should now have a Review Board instance ready to work with TeamForge. The installer has created two configuration files: installer/conf/rb-application.xml and installer/conf/rb-deploy.xml. See Integrate Review Board with your TeamForge site for more information.
Note: Run the following scripts available in the Review Board installer directory.