Marnen Laibow-Koser (marnen) wrote,
Marnen Laibow-Koser
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Get my Rails development environment set up on Elementary OS

I'm getting my Rails dev environment set up on Elementary OS. That means SublimeText, RVM, PostgreSQL, Git, and Zsh.


These are some quick thoughts about the installation.


SublimeText downloads a usable binary, but there's no automated way to get it into the application launcher menu (which I believe needs creation of a .desktop file). Fortunately, a Web search turned up both some .desktop files for SublimeText and something even more convenient: a PPA that automates the whole process.


RVM and Zsh also installed easily. I also installed GNOME Terminal (because it's more configurable without resorting to editing config files) and App Grid (because Software Center is slow and crashes).


I tried to install PostgreSQL 9.3, but kept getting postgresql-common version conflicts. After a lot of time wasted in Web searching, I finally wound up forcing compatible versions by doing sudo apt-get install postgresql-client-common=154.pgdg12.4+1 postgresql-common=154.pgdg12.4+1 postgresql-9.3. Why did apt-get have to be so boneheaded? Why couldn't it determine that version 154 was available in the sources it had?


PGAdmin installed well, and I was able to use it to connect after configuring the Postgres superuser to have a password (why isn't Postgres installed like this out of the box?).


I also installed gitg, which looks like a nice replacement for GitX on Mac OS, though I'd prefer that the branches were in a sidebar, not a menu.


Ruby gems mostly installed as expected. I had to install the libxml2-dev and libxslt1-dev packages to get Nokogiri to build, and Curb (unsurprisingly) required libcurl4-openssl-dev. The pg gem, of course, required libpq-dev so it could talk to Postgres, and RMagick required libmagickwand-dev.


At this point, VM performance was getting kind of bad, so I raised the RAM to 1.5 GB. Hopefully that will help.


When I tried to run Rake on one of my Rails projects, I found that it needed a JavaScript runtime. Information I found on the Web led to me installing the nodejs package, which did the trick (and also means I can play around with Node development, which I've been wanting to do).

Tags: elementary os, linux, rails
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