Adventures in Linux hosting: Misc. setup with apt

After setting up the new home linux box on Xmas eve, I’ve been gradually building it up to be a test bed for things I do at work. The apt package manager makes this pretty easy so far, compared to what I’ve done in the past.


Sorry vim folks, I prefer emacs for shell based editing (actually, I prefer BBEdit, which I can do via SFTP, but there are times when a local editor makes more sense).

sudo apt-get install emacs


This is a Cisco-compliant VPN client, which I’ll need if I want to connect through the firewall.

sudo apt-get install vpnc

This installs but I can’t seem to get a connection to TAMU’s vpn server. This may not be needed, though, since the TAMU enterprise Github doesn’t need VPN


I could have done this in the software selection but let’s go ahead and set up a basic LAMP webserver:

sudo apt-get install lamp-server^

The ^ character is required. This installs mysql, apache, and php7.0.  The html root appears to be in /var/www/html


  • sudo apt-get install phpmyadmin php-mbstring php-gettext


Yes, jbrowse is the new thing, but there are still some things I want to migrate from gbrowse. And there’s an apt package!

sudo apt-get install gbrowse

Important note, the URL is for gbrowse2! In my case, it’s http://<IP>/gbrowse2/

To do updates

I thought I had set it up to do this automatically, but it isn’t. So…

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade