Wednesday, June 24, 2009

My Ubuntu 9.04 Setup for Rails Development

The what, why, and how of bringing up an Ubunto 9.04 box for development...I currently do primarily Ruby on Rails development so that is what you will find here along with the various tools I use to get the job done. The steps are listed below. You can find a file with the apt-get commands I use here. You can also find a file for the gem commands I use here, however, you will have to install rubygems manually before kicking that one off as I have had problems with the Ubuntu package management and rubygems in the past. Here are the full details:
update your system you just installed sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade
add the terminal to your launcher panel quick terminal access applications -> accessories -> right click on terminal, click add launcher to panel
get gtk to use emacs keys you can't type without this run gconf-editor, set /desktop/gnome/interface/gtk_key_theme to "Emacs"
change the caps lock to a control you can't type without this system -> preferences -> keyboard -> layouts -> layout options -> ctrl key position -> make capslock an additional ctrl
install emacs you can't work without this sudo apt-get install emacs
add the emacs to your launcher panel quick emacs access applications -> accessories -> right click on emacs, click add launcher to panel
generate a private / public key pair you are going to use this to connect to github among other ssh-keygen -t rsa
install git you can't work without this sudo apt-get install git-core
set up public key for github typing passwords repeatedly won't work follow instructions at github
install subversion you can't work without this sudo apt-get install subversion
bring in your bin/ and dotfiles from git all your common stuff hmmm, need to expand on this later
install emacs extensions rhtml, rinari, yasnippet, and yasnippets-rails useful emacs extensions ummmmm, check them out from github / google code dropping them in your .emacs.d/ directory
install build-essential every developer needs this at some point to build something sudo apt-get install build-essential
install ruby development environment its your dev environment! sudo apt-get install ruby rdoc ri libopenssl-ruby ruby1.8-dev irb
install mysql common database for development sudo apt-get install mysql-server mysql-client libmysqlclient15-dev
install odbc and tds development against SQL Server sudo apt-get install unixodbc unixodbc-dev tdsodbc freetds-dev libodbc-ruby1.8
configure your odbcinst.ini for development with dsn-less connections development against SQL Server edit your /etc/odbcinst.ini to look like this:
Description     = TDS driver (Sybase/MS SQL)
Driver          = /usr/lib/odbc/
Setup           = /usr/lib/odbc/
CPTimeout       =
CPReuse         =
FileUsage       = 1
install ruby odbc stuff will need this to work with odbc connections sudo gem install dbi dbd-odbc
install libxml dev will need this to install libxml-ruby sudo apt-get install libxml2-dev
install rubygems its your ruby packaging system! (not trusting apt-get for this yet, been burned before) download the latest tgz, unpack, and run sudo ruby setup.rb
symlink gem to gem1.8 you don't want to have to remember to type gem1.8 all the time cd /usr/bin && ln -s gem1.8 gem
install capistrano rails deployment nirvana sudo gem install capistrano
install some of the gems you will be using rails development sudo gem install rails mysql libxml-ruby mongrel
install firebug web development go get it
install git_remote_branch makes common git tasks dead simple sudo gem install git_remote_branch
install the flex sdk gotta compile flex stuff go here download the sdk and data visualization components unzip them in a flex_sdk_3 directory and make a flex symlink to that directory
install tofrodos unix2dos, damn windows line endings sudo apt-get install tofrodos
install java tools yes I work with java sudo apt-get install sun-java6-jdk ant


  1. Thanks David! Found your article searching Google for details on installing programming environment for Ubuntu 9.04. Ubuntu works so well on my MacBook that I'm not sure it's even worth upgrading to Snow Leopard.


  2. I'm wondering if you can help me; I've been going through every step by step installation of ruby on rails I can find online (on Ubuntu 9.04) and every time I get to gem call I get the following error (and then some)

    package.rb:10:in `require': no such file to load -- zlib (LoadError)