Configuration for LingoBot is intended to be as simple as possible. All that is needed for this friendly chatbot to be ready for use are a few environment variables, all of which should be set in the LingoBot's configuration file:
Below is a template of the configuration file's contents. The file itself can be found under LingoBot's home directory in the config subdirectory, and is called `lingobot_config.sh`
# REQUIRED CONFIG VARIABLES export LINGOBOT_JENKINS_USERNAME=lingobot # default: lingobot export LINGOBOT_JENKINS_TOKEN= export LINGOBOT_JENKINS_DOMAIN= export LINGOBOT_DASHBOARD_TOKEN= export JENKINS_HOME=/var/lib/jenkins # default: /var/lib/jenkins export PORT=5001 # default: 5001 export LINGOBOT_ADAPTER= # Possible values: 'flowdock', 'slack', 'sparkwebhook' (Cisco Spark) # OPTIONAL CONFIG VARIABLES export LINGOBOT_JENKINS_PORT=8080 # default: 8080 export LINGOBOT_DASHBOARD_URL=$LINGOBOT_JENKINS_DOMAIN # default: same as jenkins domain export LINGOBOT_DASHBOARD_PORT=9000 # default: 9000 export LINGOBOT_NAME=LingoBot # default: LingoBot. This is the name to which lingobot will respond. # API TOKENS FOR ADAPTERS export HUBOT_FLOWDOCK_API_TOKEN= # required if LINGOBOT_ADAPTER is 'flowdock' export HUBOT_SLACK_TOKEN= # required if LINGOBOT_ADAPTER is 'slack' export CISCOSPARK_ACCESS_TOKEN= # required if LINGOBOT_ADAPTER is 'sparkwebhook' export CISCOSPARK_SECRET= # required if LINGOBOT_ADAPTER is 'sparkwebhook'. # NATURAL LANGUAGE PROCESSING (BETA) export LINGOBOT_USE_NLP=false # If set to true, LingoBot will use NLP powered by wit.ai
Below, you will find instructions on how to obtain all of the necessary values to properly fill out this configuration file.
LingoBot Jenkins Setup
The first step in the configuration process is to create a Jenkins user which can LingoBot have access to. This is the primary mechanism that LingoBot uses to access the Lingoport product suite, so it is very important that the configuration is done correctly. Please follow these instructions closely for the best results!
- Navigate to your Lingoport Jenkins instance in a web browser (this is typically hosted on port 8080 of the Lingoport server).
- If an admin account has been configured, log in as the admin (otherwise no login is necessary) and click on the "Manage Jenkins" menu item on the left hand side of the window. (indicated by a small gear icon).
- If you don't see this menu item, this means the current account does not have administrative privileges.
- Click on "Configure Global Security", and on this page make sure that the following boxes are checked:
- Enable security
- Jenkins' own user database
- One of the authorization methods (preferably "Matrix-based security").
- IMPORTANT: If Matrix-based security is selected and no users have been configured yet, make sure that "Anonymous" has full privileges (all boxes next to Anonymous MUST be checked).
- Once this is done, click "Apply" and return to the previous "Manage Jenkins" page.
- Scroll down and click on "Manage Users", and on this page, select "Create User" from the left hand menu and fill out the form with the following information:
- Username: "lingobot"
- Password: Choose a secure password.
- Confirm Password: Repeat your previous entry
- Full Name: "LingoBot"
- Email: "firstname.lastname@example.org"
- Click "Create User"
- Return once again to the "Configure Global Security" page (Manage Jenkins > Configure Global Security) and scroll down to the "Authorization" section.
- In the "User/group to add" field under Matrix-based security, enter "lingobot" and click add. This should result in lingobot being added as a row in the security matrix above.
- Enable the following security permissions for the lingobot account:
- Under "Overall"
- Under "Job"
- Under "View"
- Under "Overall"
- Once those boxes are checked, click "Apply" and log out if you were previously logged in.
- Log in as the newly created "lingobot" account using the password you just created.
- Once logged in, In the top-right hand corner of the window, click on the account name (LingoBot)
- Select "configure" from the menu on the left (or from the dropdown menu below the account-name button)
- On this page there should be a section called "API Token" and a corresponding button labeled "Show API Token...". Click this button.
- Copy the API Token that is displayed and paste it into the LingoBot configuration file next to the LINGOBOT_JENKINS_TOKEN variable declaration.
You're done with this part! Just make sure that the LINGOBOT_JENKINS_USERNAME is set correctly to the username you chose when creating LingoBot's Jenkins account (by default it is set to "lingobot")
LingoBot Dashboard Setup
The next step in the configuration process is to create a Dashboard user account for LingoBot. This step is also crucial to the functionality of the bot itself, so it is very important that these steps are followed carefully.
- Navigate to your Lingoport Dashboard instance in a web browser (this is typically hosted on port 9000 of the Lingoport server).
- Log in as the administrator account.
- The default credentials are username: "admin", password: "admin".
- From the top navigation bar, select the "Administration" tab.
- The following page should have a drop-down menu near the top of the screen labeled "Security"
- From this drop-down menu, select "Users"
- On the right side of this page, click "Create User" and a form overlay should appear. Fill this form with the following information:
- Login: "lingobot"
- Name: "LingoBot"
- Email: "email@example.com"
- Password: Choose a secure password.
- Click "Create", and a new user row should appear on the "Users" page.
- Under the "GROUPS" column, click the small blue menu icon on the row corresponding to the newly created user account. An overlay should appear.
- In this overlay, select the "Deselected" tab.
- Check the box labeled "sonar-administrators", then click done.
- Under the "TOKENS" column, click the small blue menu icon on the row corresponding to the newly created user account. Another overlay should appear.
- In the "Generate Tokens" field, enter a token name (this can be anything. i.e. "lingobot") and click the "Generate" button.
- Click the "Copy" button that appears, or select and copy the API token that has appeared.
- Paste the API token into the LingoBot configuration file next to the LINGOBOT_DASHBOARD_TOKEN variable declaration.
Once this is complete, you're done configuring this part of LingoBot! The remaining configuration steps depend on which collaboration environment you will be using to communicate with LingoBot.
LingoBot Slack Setup
This portion of the installation guide only applies if the collaboration environment you will be using is Slack. If you will be using either Flowdock or Cisco Spark, please skip to the corresponding setup instructions.
- Navigate to the Slack Custom Bot Creation page, and log in as an account that is a part of your company's Slack organization.
- In the new bot username field, enter the name that you would like LingoBot to respond to.
- By default, we recommend simply calling it "lingobot", however you're welcome to name it whatever you would like.
- If you do choose to call it something other than "lingobot", make sure that you set the LINGOBOT_NAME variable in the configuration file to whatever name you chose.
- Once you have decided on a name, click "Add Bot Integration" to continue to the next page.
- On this page, you can set a custom icon for the bot under the "Customize Icon" section. You can download the following icon and upload it, upload your own custom icon, or simply leave it blank.
- Once this is done, scroll down to the bottom of the page and click "Save Integration"
- Finally, copy the API Token that is provided near the top of the page and paste it into LingoBot configuration file next to the HUBOT_SLACK_TOKEN variable declaration.
Furthermore, make sure the LINGOBOT_ADAPTER variable is set to slack.
Once this is complete, the bot is now configured and ready to be installed! Follow the instructions below on running the installation script to finish the installation process.
Running The Installation Script
This is the final step in the configuration process. If all goes well, your instance of LingoBot will be up and running once this step has been completed.
- On the command-line shell where you have been modifying the LingoBot configuration file, save and close the the file.
- if you have been operating as the "jenkins" user, change users so that you are on an account that has root privileges (unrestricted access to the sudo command).
- Typically this will be either the "centos" account or the "ec2-user" account, depending on your installation.
- If you are unable to access an account with root privileges, skip to the "No-Sudo" section below.
- Once this is done, simply execute the install.sh script. This script can be found in LingoBot's home directory under the "lingobot_installer" sub directory.
If everything has been configured correctly, then this script will take only a few seconds to run. Otherwise, the output of the script will tell you which aspects of the bot need to be reconfigured. If something needs to be changed, simply modify the LingoBot config file and rerun the install script until it reports a successful installation.
Once this is done, your instance of LingoBot will be up and running!
Running The Installation Script (No-Sudo)
If you are unable to access an account that has root privileges, the LingoBot installation script can be run as the "jenkins" user by including the '--nosudo' ('-n') flag.
NOTE: if the no-sudo flag is included, the installer will neither configure nor start the LingoBot service. To start the service manually, you must have access to root privileges. The following commands can be run to manually start the LingoBot service.
sudo cp /var/lib/jenkins/lingobot-1.0/service_files/lingoport-lingobot.service /etc/systemd/system/lingoport-lingobot.service
sudo systemctl enable lingoport-lingobot.service sudo systemctl start lingoport-lingobot.service
Once this is done, you instance of LingoBot will be up and running!
A quick way to verify that the LingoBot service has successfully launched and can be accessed by your team, go to your collaboration environment and try sending a message to LingoBot.
if LingoBot responds with "PONG", then you have successfully launched LingoBot. Have Fun!