METHOD 1:

Manually install FusionInventory Sid packages:

Latest FusionInventory Agent Debian and Ubuntu compatible packages are now integrated in Debian Sid.

At the time of this writing, fusioninventory-agent_2.4.3-1 is available from github release.

The agent will be included in Debian Buster (Debian 10).

Tested Debian version Agent version   Tested Ubuntu version Agent version
Stretch - Debian 9 - Stable 2.4.3-1   Ubuntu 18.04.1 LTS (bionic) 2.4.3-1
Jessie - Debian 8 - OldStable 2.4.3-1      

Install dependencies as root :

For fusioninventory-agent, you’ll need to install these dependencies:

apt -y install dmidecode hwdata ucf hdparm
apt -y install perl libuniversal-require-perl libwww-perl libparse-edid-perl
apt -y install libproc-daemon-perl libfile-which-perl libhttp-daemon-perl
apt -y install libxml-treepp-perl libyaml-perl libnet-cups-perl libnet-ip-perl
apt -y install libdigest-sha-perl libsocket-getaddrinfo-perl libtext-template-perl

For fusioninventory-agent-task-network, you’ll need to install these other dependencies:

apt -y install libnet-snmp-perl libcrypt-des-perl libnet-nbname-perl

If you need SNMPv3 support for network inventory, you should also install this one: apt -y install libdigest-hmac-perl

For fusioninventory-agent-task-deploy, you’ll need to install these other dependencies:

apt -y install libfile-copy-recursive-perl libparallel-forkmanager-perl

Download desired packages from Deb fusioninventory-agent tracker :

Packages Included tasks
fusioninventory-agent_2.4.3-1_all.deb Inventory - WakeOnLan
fusioninventory-agent-task-collect_2.4.3-1_all.deb Collect
fusioninventory-agent-task-network_2.4.3-1_all.deb NetDiscovery - NetInventory
fusioninventory-agent-task-deploy_2.4.3-1_all.deb Deploy
fusioninventory-agent-task-esx_2.4.3-1_all.deb ESX

Install desired packages as root :

Only fusioninventory-agent deb package is mandatory

dpkg -i fusioninventory-agent_2.4.3-1_all.deb
dpkg -i fusioninventory-agent-task-collect_2.4.3-1_all.deb
dpkg -i fusioninventory-agent-task-network_2.4.3-1_all.deb
dpkg -i fusioninventory-agent-task-deploy_2.4.3-1_all.deb
dpkg -i fusioninventory-agent-task-esx_2.4.3-1_all.deb

Configure the agent :

Edit /etc/fusioninventory/agent.cfg setting at least one target

Start the agent :

systemctl restart fusioninventory-agent

On configuration change, reload the agent :

systemctl reload fusioninventory-agent

To start an immediate run :

You can send USR1 signal to the process with the following command to start a run immediatly :

pkill -USR1 -f -P 1 fusioninventory-agent

METHOD 2:

Using FusionInventory Debian (and Ubuntu) packages:

These packages are based on deprecated source versions.

Debian version Agent version   Ubuntu version Agent version
Wheezy - Debian 7 - OldStable 2.2.3-8   Ubuntu 16.04.2 LTS (xenial) 2.3.16-1
Jessie - Debian 8 - Stable 2.3.10.1-1      
Sid - Unstable 2.3.16-1      

Install Agent 2.3.10 on Debian 7 using debian-backports repository

echo "deb http://httpredir.debian.org/debian wheezy-backports main" >> /etc/apt/sources.list
apt-get update
apt-get install -t wheezy-backports fusioninventory-agent

Install Agent 2.3.16 from old FusionInventory repository

Tested on Debian 7 - Wheezy, Debian 8 - Jessie, Debian 9 - Stretch/Testing
Debian packaging for recent version is under developement

The FusionInventory project maintained a debian package until 2.3.16 version, in a extra repository.

First, you need to import the repository GnuPG key, if apt-key is available you can use these command as root:

apt-key adv --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv 049ED9B94765572E

Otherwise this one will work:

wget -O - http://debian.fusioninventory.org/debian/archive.key | apt-key add -

Now you can install the agent.

apt-get install lsb-release
echo "deb http://debian.fusioninventory.org/debian/ `lsb_release -cs` main" >> /etc/apt/sources.list
apt-get update
apt-get install fusioninventory-agent

Note: On Debian Testing, you need to fix the /etc/apt/sources.list update so you use jessie repo. You can better replace the second line from the previous commands with:

echo "deb http://debian.fusioninventory.org/debian/ jessie main" >> /etc/apt/sources.list

The content of the dists pages can help you do identify support operating system.

Install the additional packages

Network inventory tasks:

apt-get install fusioninventory-agent-task-network

ESX inventory task:

apt-get install fusioninventory-agent-task-esx

Deploy task:

apt-get install fusioninventory-agent-task-deploy

METHOD 3:

Tested date Agent version Debian version Tested date Agent version Debian version
2017/06/07 2.3.20 Debian 8 minimal 2017/05/22 2.3.19 Debian 8 minimal
2017/06/07 2.3.20 Debian 9 minimal (stretch/testing) 2017/05/22 2.3.19 Debian 9 minimal (stretch/testing)
2017/06/07 2.3.20 Ubuntu 16.04.2 LTS (xenial) 2017/05/22 2.3.18 Debian 9 minimal (stretch/testing)

Install from source

Install dependencies :

apt-get -y install wget dmidecode make hwdata
apt-get -y install perl perl-modules libmodule-build-perl libmodule-install-perl
apt-get -y install libfile-which-perl libfile-copy-recursive-perl libuniversal-require-perl
apt-get -y install libtest-http-server-simple-perl libhttp-server-simple-authen-perl libhttp-proxy-perl
apt-get -y install libio-capture-perl libipc-run-perl libnet-snmp-perl
apt-get -y install libtest-compile-perl libtest-deep-perl libtest-exception-perl
apt-get -y install libtest-mockmodule-perl libtest-mockobject-perl libtest-nowarnings-perl
apt-get -y install libxml-treepp-perl libproc-daemon-perl
apt-get -y install libparallel-forkmanager-perl libnet-ip-perl libparse-edid-perl
apt-get -y install libdigest-sha-perl libtext-template-perl libsocket-getaddrinfo-perl

Download

wget https://github.com/fusioninventory/fusioninventory-agent/releases/download/2.4.2/FusionInventory-Agent-2.4.2.tar.gz
tar xvzf FusionInventory-Agent-2.4.2.tar.gz
cd FusionInventory-Agent-2.4.2

Build and install

perl Makefile.PL
make
make install

Configure

  • edit /usr/local/etc/fusioninventory/agent.cfg

Install agent as service

Create systemd service

Edit /etc/systemd/system/fusioninventory-agent.service file setting this content:

[Unit]
Description=FusionInventory agent
Documentation=man:fusioninventory-agent
After=syslog.target network.target
 
[Service]
ExecStart=/usr/local/bin/fusioninventory-agent --daemon --no-fork
ExecReload=/bin/kill -HUP $MAINPID
 
[Install]
WantedBy=multi-user.target

P.S.: You can also fix and copy contrib/unix/fusioninventory-agent.service from source

Enable the service

systemctl enable fusioninventory-agent

Start the service

systemctl start fusioninventory-agent

P.S.: The service will not start if no target is setup in /usr/local/etc/fusioninventory/agent.cfg