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For some reason I wanted to install this exact (yet old) version of Typo3. This is how it went:

wget "http://sourceforge.net/projects/typo3/files/TYPO3 Source and Dummy/TYPO3 4.2.14/typo3_src-4.2.14.tar.gz"
wget "http://sourceforge.net/projects/typo3/files/TYPO3 Source and Dummy/TYPO3 4.2.14/dummy-4.2.14.tar.gz"
wget "http://sourceforge.net/projects/typo3/files/TYPO3 Source and Dummy/TYPO3 4.2.14/md5sums.txt"

The checksums should match too:

$ md5sum -c md5sums.txt 2>&1 | grep OK
dummy-4.2.14.tar.gz: OK
typo3_src-4.2.14.tar.gz: OK

Unpack & prepare:

cd /opt
tar -xzf ~/typo3_src-4.2.14.tar.gz
tar -xzf ~/dummy-4.2.14.tar.gz

mv dummy-4.2.14 typo3_example && cd typo3_example

chown -R www-data:www-data typo3temp/ typo3conf/ uploads/ fileadmin/

Before we continue, we had to apply a two patches:

  • There's also #3800 ("Empty reference index table"), but for this test-installation here we shall ignore this.

With all that in place, we could start the 1-2-3 installer:


The password is initially set to "joh316". Somehow the database could no be created with this installer, so we helped a little:

$ cat typo3conf/localconf.php
$typo_db_username = "admin";
$typo_db_password = "s3cr3t";
$typo_db_host     = "localhost";

Note: this was only done for a test installation! For a production site one would of course use a current version of Typo3 and follow their security guide to finish this installation!


With that in place (and lots of fiddling through the GUI), we could finally log on to the backend:


After a page has been created in the backend, it should be visible in the frontend: