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Here are my installation notes on Debian ( Stretch) minimal server and configuring it to a node server. Also installing little things that make command line a beautiful place to work. Debian minimal server doesn’t has a gui and comes with minimal packages .. The best solution for trying out your hands on an older machine before you put it to real use ..
vim noxas they are anyway needed.
Followed the tutorial to give server a fixed ip . Changed the
/etc/network/interface file exactly as the tutorial but networking stopped. So you may skip this part of the tutorial rather use the example given in man pages for
interfaces . This restored the network and looks like I have a fixed IP now cuz IP address has not changed since many reboots over last few days . God knows what happened !
Most of the work (post installation ) I did on this server, was through remoting in from my Slackware desktop. Set up the ssh ID on Slackbox , added it to the ssh daemon and secure copied the key to the server. This article on Tech Republic came in handy.
bash is great but I love zsh.
apt install zsh for zsh and set it your default shell with
chsh -s /bin/zsh . When you launch the zsh shell first time , it gives a command line based tool to configure the .zshrc . Very cool.
I install the powerline fonts before I install the status bar .
apt install fonts-powerline
apt install powerline
Little configuration change in
.zshrc needed to point it to the powerline status bar. Add this line at the bottom of of the file.
Looks like Debian Minimal server is missing the bianries of the package
libcap2 needed set up the capabilities of FBterm. So run
apt install libcap2-bin. Once the package is installed, runthe following command.
setcap 'cap_sys_tty+ep' /usr/bin/fbterm
This will allow FBTerm to use the keyboard shortcuts. Without key board shortcuts, FBTerm is pretty meaningless.
FBterm rocks with zsh and powerline status bar.
Tmux, among any things is a multimplexer, session manager and keeps ssh sessions alive even when you log off ( NOT power off) the computer. Installing is a breeze
apt install tmux. Tmux is FBTerm friendly. Means it runs very well with FbTerm. You can obviously create multiple windows with FBTerm but Tmux takes it to the new levels. For example FBTerm doesn’t allow you to split a screen into multiple panes. You can do the same with other console terminals such as
dvtm (or I guess with
i3 ) but Tmux gets lot more done. The man page for Tmux is a bit involved. If you are starting , I would suggest this cheat dheat
The idea of Tmux on a server is very simple. I will be doing a lot of work on this server. Many windows with many panes. Whenever I take a break , I can detach the Tmux session and log off. Come back and attch to the same session again. Its simliar to restoring all the apps back in same state when you come back to your Mac. Only better cuz you can connect to this session from a remote computer ( or tablet ) through ssh. Whats even more - your session can have multiple ssh sessions alive. …
apt install lynx
apt install googler
add this line to .zshrc to open the search results in
apt install git and do the first time set of github user name and email address
git config --global user.name "first name . last name"
git config --global user.email email address
make sure this email is same as your git hub account; then follow github help article for setting up and testing connection to github
We already installed
vim nox as part of the first tutorial. Install vundle as git plugin manager
Now dump in your
.vimrc in the home folder. You can check out mine . I am planning to clean it up little more but it works well. If you use this , you will need to make a directory
.vimbackup in your home folder to store vim’s backup files.
.vimrc and run the
:PluginInstall to let vim install all the plugins.
apt install megatools to install the command line tools for mega storage. If you already have a mega account , put the user name and pasword in
.magarc and you are good to go with
maga copy. If no existing account , you can register from command line withcommand
megareg . All the details in
Now the fun part …. . The official Debian repository has an older version of node. If you want the latest (with npm) , you can get the node source repository
While you are here, do install the
npm is included in node 8.