See also Where the tools and utilities reside.
There are several steps you need to follow to fully configure and
install gnats on your system. You need
root access in order
to create a new account for
gnats and to install the gnats
utilities. You may need
root access on some systems in order to
set up mail aliases and to allow this new account access to
If you are updating an older version of gnats rather than installing from scratch, see Upgrading from older versions.
gnats installation relies on two other freely available software
packages, which should be installed before you go on to configure and
build gnats. These are gnu
(version 4.2 or higher). Both are available from the gnu FTP site at
To build and install gnats, you must:
configure, with correct options if the defaults are unsuitable for your site. See Configuring and compiling the software. Default installation locations are in Where gnats lives.
mkdbcommand. See Setting up the default database.
send-pr) on every machine in your local network. See Installing the user tools.
send-prfor their systems. However, for many sites, setting up a remote access interface to gnats, such as Gnatsweb is a better solution since this requires no configuration on the remote side.