Jul 172009
 

Installing the RMagick gem can be a huge headache. Reading the HOWTO on the RMagick site is enough to make anyone nervous. Thankfully the process is much easier on ubuntu however; you only need three commands.

DISCLAIMER: I’ve only tested this on Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty) server.

$ sudo aptitude install -y imagemagick
$ sudo aptitude install -y libmagick9-dev
$ sudo gem install rmagick

And you’re done! You can verify the installation using this irb command, taken from the RMagick HOWTO:

$ sudo irb -rubygems -r RMagick
irb(main):001:0> puts Magick::Long_version
This is RMagick 2.10.0 ($Date: 2009/06/19 22:07:05 $) Copyright (C) 2009 by Timothy P. Hunter
Built with ImageMagick 6.4.5 2009-06-04 Q16 OpenMP http://www.imagemagick.org
Built for ruby 1.8.7
Web page: http://rmagick.rubyforge.org
Email: rmagick@rubyforge.org
=> nil
Jul 142009
 

Last night I was working on a new ubuntu 9.04 server on ec2 (it was ami-0d729464 from http://alestic.com if you’re interested). Installing git via aptitude would have given me an older version so here’s what I did.

$ sudo apt-get build-dep git-core git-doc libssl-dev
$ wget http://kernel.org/pub/software/scm/git/git-1.6.3.3.tar.gz
$ tar -xzf git-1.6.3.3.tar.gz
$ cd git-1.6.3.3/
$ ./configure
$ make all doc
$ sudo make install install-doc
$ git --version
git version 1.6.3.3