I am trying to install BigBlueButton 1.0 in Debian 9.

The server is in a DMZ that does not have firewall rules for a Internet connection, however the VM has an APT proxy configured, in /etc/apt/conf.d/02proxy:

Acquire::http { Proxy "http://proxy-apt.internal:3142"; };

It also can access an HTTP(S) SQUID proxy called proxy.internal.

I managed to hack my way, and convince the Debian 9 dependencies to install the official BBB repositories in Debian 9, and following the official installation instructions, do a:

sudo apt-get install bigbluebutton 

However, the installations fails either when trying either to install ttf-mscorefonts-installer and when installing bbb-record-core it seems it hangs waiting for rubygems.

How can I solve the problem?


Upon close inspection of /var/lib/dpkg/info/ttf-mscorefonts-installer.postinst it seems the package is a stub to get fonts from outside sources using wget:

167                     if ! wget --continue --tries=1 --connect-timeout=60 --read-timeout=300 $QUIET_ARG --directory-prefix . --no-directories --no-background --progress=dot:default $URLROOT$ff ; then

As for bbb-record-core, looking at /var/lib/dpkg/info/bbb-record-core it can be confirmed it is trying to install some ruby gems directly from the Internet and not from Debian packages:

34                 cd /usr/local/bigbluebutton/core
36                 GEMS="builder bundler"
37                 for gem in $GEMS; do
38                         if ! gem list $gem | grep -q $gem; then
39                                 gem install $gem
40                         fi
41                 done

So, what can be said is that wget and gem install need to fetch additional data from the outside.

As for wget, the HTTP proxy can added to /etc/wgetrc as in:

https_proxy = http://proxy.internal:3128/
http_proxy = http://proxy.internal:3128/

As for gem install create a file called /etc/gemrc and add there:

http_proxy: http://proxy.internal:3128

Actually at the end of the day, one of the gems was already outdated, and the package bbb-record-core still did not install with the error:

ERROR:  While executing gem ... (Gem::InstallError)
gem "streamio-ffmpeg" is not installed

So had also to edit /usr/local/bigbluebutton/core/Gemfile and change the line:

gem "streamio-ffmpeg", '2.0.0'


gem "streamio-ffmpeg", '2.1.0'

After that was able to continue the process, with both wget and gem install getting their files using the proxy.

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