These are some steps usually I follow to make myself comfortable when I have to work with Debian-based distributions. The exact commands were written for Ubuntu 10.10, and they assume you have powers to run “sudo”. Most of this should be possible as well if you don’t, but the order of things switch around a bit (eg, you’d have to install ZSH using Compile). Steps 1-4 describe a minimal set. The remaining steps relate to some of my preferences.
Step 1: Download the Rootless Installer
Step 2: Run it
chmod +x CreateRootlessEnvironment ./CreateRootlessEnvironment
Answer “y” when asked to recompile binaries; answer “u” (use new) when asked about settings files. Answer “y” when asked about adding the Rootless launcher to your profile files (bash_profile, zshrc, and so on).
Step 3: Switch to ZSH
You may need to install zsh first in the host system:
sudo apt-get install zsh
Now you can switch:
chsh -s /bin/zsh echo "prompt lode cyan" >> ~/.zshrc
It’s easiest to just log out and back in to make sure your environment variables are sane.
Step 4: Fix some settings
The current version of Scripts refers to outdated mirror URLs. Edit ~/Programs/Scripts/Settings/Scripts/GetAvailable.conf and replace all references to “kundor.org/gobo/” with “gobolinux.org/”:
sed -i 's,kundor.org/gobo,gobolinux.org/,g' ~/Programs/Scripts/Settings/Scripts/GetAvailable.conf
Step 5: Install Compile
Choose “sa” to skip all dependencies. Your host system already has everything that’s needed.
Step 6: Install Mtail
Mtail gives us nice colorized outputs for a number of scripts.
Step 6: Install Dit
Dit is my text editor.
You may need to install Subversion, Autoconf and Lua first in the host system:
sudo apt-get install subversion autoconf liblua5.1-dev lua5.1
(It should be possible to install these packages and all its dependencies in your home using Compile, but if you can, it’s easier to simply install it in the host system.)
Now let’s build Dit. Since Debian packages use a nonstandard suffix for the Lua libraries, we need to pass an extra option during build.
Compile dit --configure-options --with-lua-suffix=5.1
Again, use “sa” to skip all dependencies it may ask for.
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