A rude assembly

Seamus Bradley's blog

The Fresh Install Blues

I recently installed Ubuntu 12.04. I decided to do a fresh install, rather than upgrading from 11.10. This inevitably involved a whole bunch of customisation-faff. Let me tell you about it.

So in 11.10, I followed these instructions and octopress worked fine. But on 12.04 it didn’t. This was weird because as the poster says, he’s writing from 12.04. Anyway.

I needed to install zlib1g-dev and libssl-dev as explained in this blog post. This needed to be done before building ruby. So then I installed rbenv and ruby-build. These had better instructions, and seems simpler than the other suggested alternative: rvm.

Since I use zsh and this shell likes doing clever pattern matching and other fancy shenanigans on your terminal input, I needed to add the following line to my .zshrc:

alias rake='noglob rake'

Thanks to this guy for that trick.

This works fine, it seems. Or rather, if this post gets onto the blog, then everything is working fine.

I also had to do various things like get a new rsa key and have Nearly Free Speech and github accept it.

I’ve still not got emacs customised to my liking. I couldn’t get the toolbar and menu bar to go away! But I got aucTeX and refTeX working, and I got the Solarized colour theme going. I haven’t yet tried to compile my thesis. I am scared this will break. I foolishly forgot to backup my .stumpwmrc so I need to customise that again.

I also need to reinstall things like R, Haskell (for Pandoc), netlogo and so on. And get my compose key working and so on. And decide whether to carry on using Thunderbird (the pass of least resistance), switch to claws, or even mutt.

Oh, and I also have a thesis to write.