Installing Snort with acidbase

I am trying to follow a how to, to install Snort and Acidbase: http://www.howtoforge.com/installation-and-configuration-of-intrusion-detection-with-snort-acidbase-mysql-and-apache2-on-ubuntu-9.04-using-spm

When running snort -c /etc/snort/snort.conf at the end of the first page of the tutorial I get:
ERROR: Fatal Error, Quitting.

I tried to setup acidbase via web anyway on page 2 of the tutorial. When entering step 2 in the web based setup as described in the tutorial(at 7.1) I receive just a blank page.

Any suggestions?
I am using Debian.
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itniflAsked:
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itniflAuthor Commented:
This how to seems littlebit incomplete. Seems that I was missing the correct path in base_conf.php under /usr/share/acidbase for the $DBlib_path variable. I set it to the path where adodb is in Debian; /usr/share/php/adodb

My mysql-snort install also seemed to be broken. So I reinstalled that. Now it works without problems.

The tutorial already mentioned together with http://www.aboutdebian.com/snort.htm seems to make the right stuff.

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Duncan RoeSoftware DeveloperCommented:
What a lame useless error message! I wonder about the quality of the rest of snort.
Anyway, a trace of the system calls that snort makes may explain what is happening. Try:

strace -f snort -c /etc/snort/snort.conf

This will produce a lot of output. Near the end of that output, you should see the error message being output. Look just before that for a failing system call. If unsure what you are doing, capture the strace output and post it thus:
 
strace -f snort -c /etc/snort/snort.conf 2>strace_output.txt

and post strace_output.txt
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