Researcher at the University of Liverpool, Founder/Director at Farset Labs
This is my own self-indulgant reminder for how to do the things I like. I’ll keep adding to this as I think of them.
Install Ubuntu Latest (currently 11.10), With the third party libraries and a home partition leaving at least 20GB for ‘/’.
Once the update is done (I’d restart in most cases), additional packages I like to add are;
vim vim-latexsuite vim-vimoutliner vim-scripts vim-addon-manager synaptic gnome-do gnome-shell python-setuptools python3-setuptools python-distutils-extra python3-distutils-extra ipython terminator guake evolution openssh-server evolution-plugins-experimental libreoffice-evolution htop gnome-schedule nload perl-doc etherape zenmap gnuplot graphviz dot2tex latexmk cmus irssi etckeeper exuberant-ctags.
The Repo-bound texlive isn’t complete, so I use the ‘real’ one.
I seem to be cursed that anywhere I need to install TeXlive, the internet sucks, so I do a full mirror and install locally.
cd ~; mkdir -p src/tl; cd src/tl; rsync -va --delete rsync://ftp.heanet.ie/mirrors/ctan.org/tex/systems/texlive/tlnet/ .
Let that run away in the background and get to something else.
Once it’s done…
<I> (Full install)
You’ll want to put something like this in your
~/.profile to put texlive in your
# set PATH so it includes TexLive
if [ -d "/usr/local/texlive/2011/bin/i386-linux" ] ; then
To enable the
tlmgr package manager, you’ll need to configure with your friendly neighbourhood CTAN mirror; in my case, Heanet.
sudo tlmgr option repository http://ftp.heanet.ie/mirrors/ctan.org/tex/systems/texlive/tlnet/
sudo tlmgr update –all
I use Dropbox to hold a lot of configuration data. Specifically ‘dotfiles’. As such, in my Dropbox folder, I have a folder (dotfiles) full of the kind of files you expect to see; .bashrc, .vimrc, .vim/, etc etc etc.
In order to make things simple (ish) remove the default .bashrc, and Symbolically link (ln-s) this to my custom one in Dropbox.
cd ~; rm .bashrc; ln -s ~/Dropbox/dotfiles/.bashrc ~/.bashrc
This bashrc is common to all my machines and is pretty basic.
The .profile file is where I do most of the work; it has the stuff that I always need, like ‘Add Dropbox/bin to the path’ and ‘add ~/bin to the path’, but also says ‘source ~/.bashrc_local’ for the times I need to have differences between machines (think 32 vs64, etc).
for entry in .profile .vim* .bashrc .vim .config .cmus .irssi .xchat2 ".ssh/config"; do rm $HOME/$entry; ln -s $HOME/Dropbox/dotfiles/$entry $HOME/$entry; done
Gnome shell is not perfect, but these help.
Bring back minimise buttons: ` gconftool-2 -s -t string /desktop/gnome/shell/windows/button_layout “:minimize,maximize,close”`
Funnily enough, installing
vim-latexsuite doesn’t actually install
vim-latexsuite. Package managers are funny that way. Here’s the plugins I like to enable.
sudo vim-addons install python-indent latex-suite taglist markdown-syntax detectindent doxygen-toolkit info justify nerd-commenter utl vimoutliner xmledit
Don’t forget to init etckeeper;
cd /etc; sudo etckeeper init