We have two options to install diaspora in debian. First is to use diaspora-installer package from contrib section and second is to use diaspora package from main.
Both will create necessary database initialization and configuration using postgresql or optionally mysql. Both options provide systemd services and init scripts to manage the services. More details are available in package's README.
# systemctl status diaspora # systemctl status diaspora-sidekiq # systemctl status diaspora-unicorn
If you are using sysvinit,
# /etc/init.d/diaspora status
Using diaspora package in main
This is very early version of the diaspora package and not recommended for production yet. See Diaspora#Using_diaspora-installer_package_in_contrib for installing diaspora in production.
Buster Fasttrack/personal repo
Add the following repo
deb http://deb.debian.org/debian buster main deb http://security.debian.org/ buster/updates main deb http://deb.debian.org/debian buster-backports main deb https://people.debian.org/~praveen/diaspora-buster buster-backports main deb https://people.debian.org/~praveen/diaspora-buster buster-fasttrack main
Add repo signing key as trusted key
# wget https://people.debian.org/~praveen/diaspora-buster/praveen.key.new.asc # apt-key add praveen.key.new.asc
apt -t buster-backports install diaspora diaspora-common/buster-fasttrack ruby-redis/buster ruby-active-model-serializers/buster-backports apt-mark hold ruby-active-model-serializers
diaspora package is available in debian unstable, but it is broken (diaspora needs rails 5 and unstable has rails 6).
# apt-get install diaspora
Using diaspora-installer package in contrib
This will install gems via rubygems.org (hence it is in contrib). This is production ready and powers pods like poddery.com and diasp.in
Buster Backports (Recommended)
Buster Backports has diaspora 0.7.14.
# apt-get -t buster-backports install diaspora-installer
Buster (upgrade to Buster Backports)
Buster has diaspora version 0.7.6.0. It is recommended to update to the version in Buster Backports.
# apt-get install diaspora-installer
If you have contrib section in your sources list, you can just run
# apt-get install diaspora-installer[-mysql]
The source code of diaspora-installer package could be found here.
Documentation for diaspora package maintainers.
- Add autopkgtest (see gitlab for how to do it)
Policy for dependency updates
Help keep the gem versions in sync. If deb version of a library is older than required by diaspora (run 'bundle install --local' on a develop branch checkout of diaspora upstream), update the deb version. If debian already has a new version of a library, update the corresponding gem version in diaspora.
- tiny version change, patch gemfile
- minor version change, test compatibility
- major version change, test compatibility and embed gem if needed
Coordinate with upstream for major version updates.
You can find the packaging work at http://anonscm.debian.org/cgit/pkg-ruby-extras/diaspora.git
See below for the team effort to package the dependencies of Diaspora and Diaspora itself for Debian.
Diaspora packaging and testing
Manually starting the service
We are still working on integrating systemd unit files with the package (See 887085) so we have to start the service manually for now.
# cd /usr/share/diaspora # export GEM_HOME=/var/lib/diaspora/.gem/ # export $(cat /etc/diaspora/diaspora.conf | xargs) # sudo -u diaspora -E -H bundle exec sidekiq & # sudo -u diaspora -E -H bundle exec unicorn -c config/unicorn.rb &
To stop the services,
# fg Press Control + C (stops unicorn) # fg Press Control + C (stops sidekiq)
Replacing a packaged gem with rubygems.org gem
Sometimes we have to use gems from rubygems.org as a work around when packaged versions have bugs or are incompatible.
Setup environment variables (see Manually starting the service section above). Stop unicorn service.
Taking activestorage as an example.
# dpkg -r --force-all ruby-activestorage # unset GEM_HOME; gem install -v 5.2.3 activestorage # truncate -s0 Gemfile.lock # export GEM_HOME=/var/lib/diaspora/.gem/ # export $(cat /etc/diaspora/diaspora.conf | xargs) # sudo -u diaspora -E -H bundle install --local # sudo -u diaspora -E -H bundle exec rake tmp:cache:clear # sudo -u diaspora -E -H bundle exec rake assets:precompile
Start unicorn again.
Note: when using gem install GEM_HOME should not be set, but when running bundle install --local, GEM_HOME should be set.