Pay it Forward: New System Setup Notes
In this new series of posts I’m calling “Pay it Forward”, I am attempting to publish notes that I keep on performing common but involved tasks in the hopes that they will help other people, as well as be a resource for myself the next time I need to do it.
In this installment, I will be guiding the reader through the installation and setup of a Linux
server with a configurable version of Ruby, and recent versions of MySQL. My current server
environment is RedHat-based (Fedora) so the commands below that interact with the package manager
yum. Look for updates that include
apt instructions as I have recently started diving into
Debian with the Raspberry Pi.
In the shell code snippets below, I will use the following conventions at the beginning of a line:
%means the command is to be executed as root
$means the command may be executed as a normal user.
>means the line is to be interpreted as contents of a file opened on the line before
Most root commands can be executed under
sudo, and it is recommended that the follower of this
guide take that route.
Note: For those wondering why I used
%, instead of
#, it’s because the syntax highlighting
treats the hash as a comment mark.
I prefer to start with as bare-bones an OS install as possible. In the case of Fedora, I use a “nobase” install from a kickstart script. From here, I can build up just the packages I need and nothing else.
If this server is going into production, it is a good idea to disallow root login via the network.
This should be something that can only be done while physically present at the machine. All remote
access should be accomplished through another user account with
sudo privileges, which they must
use in order to perform sensitive actions. Here is a simple administrator setup to get you started.
In my local development, I use the fantastic rbenv and ruby-build packages in order to
install and set a shell-local ruby version custom for the task or codebase at hand. This allows me
to use an old version of Ruby for legacy code and play with the latest versions on toy projects. On
a production server, however, I prefer to install just one version, the exact version that the
target code requires. To that end, I install just
ruby-build and then use it to do a system-wide
Reload your shell in order to get
ruby-build munged into your path.
Note: If you are installing Ruby version 1.8.7 on a Fedora server, be sure to apply this patch, otherwise you will get errors when trying to run your scripts. The patch is specifically for ruby-1.8.7-p358, but all occurances of “358” may be replaced with “370” in order to use the later version.
If your application requires a SQL-style database, it’s hard to beat the simplicity of MySQL for both setup and use. While I have been learning more about PostgreSQL recently for its powerful features, I still find MySQL to be a great starting point.
Great, now we have a basic database server setup with the anonymous user removed and a password set for the root user. Let’s go ahead and create a new database for our application to use, as well as a non-root user which will only have permissions for this database.
You can test this user out with a quick call to
mysql -u«username» -p to make sure the password
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