Fresh machine installation notes for ruby developer


  • System Settings –> Privacy : disable “include online search results”
  • Run command as a login shell
  • Terminal : unlimited scroll buffer

Git !

Install and configure git

sudo apt-get install git
git config --global "My Name"
git config --global ""
git config --global --add color.ui true
git config --global push.default simple

I’m a big fan of this customized git prompt, only drawback a carriage return by default at the prompt-end. Just need to modify it in the .bash_profile

export GIT_PROMPT_END=' > '
source ~/.bash-git-prompt/

If needed regenerate a new github ssh key (discard your old keys on github and other server authorized_keys)


Raw sublime text installation via apt-get.
Install the package manager with this

Then install these packages :
– git gutter :

– rubyTest

sublimelinter : highlights lines of code the linter deems to contain (potential) errors.
BeautifyRuby : reformat your ruby code on demand (sometimes messy, but best I found)
Coffeescript : syntax highlighting
puppet : highlight, lint, snippet,…
and a few others 😉

Fix tabs and trailing issue before they appear

  "font_size": 11.0,
  "tab_size": 2,
  "translate_tabs_to_spaces": true,
  "trim_trailing_white_space_on_save": true,
  "ensure_newline_at_eof_on_save": true,
  "hot_exit": false,
  "remember_open_files": false

Have you ever wondered to turn a branch name “feature/my-awesome-feature-123” into a pre-filled commit message “My awesome feature #123”
Then gitils is for you. Last but not least, easy web page/sublime text integration with subl-handler. Thanks @toch !




sudo apt-get install curl
curl -L | bash
source ~/.profile
rvm install ruby

I’m not a big fan, so I disable .rvmrc

I’m not often looking at ri or rdoc (most of the time I’m looking at the code directly) so I tweak ~/.gemrc to avoid downloading these artefacts.

gem: --no-ri --no-rdoc

native gem dependencies

Icu for charlockholmes, Postgresql for pg gem, and a running redis.

sudo apt-get install libicu-dev
sudo aptitude install libpq-dev
sudo apt-get install redis-server
cp /opt/redis/redis.conf.default /opt/redis/redis.conf



sudo apt-get install build-essential linux-headers-generic dkms
sudo apt-get install virtualbox


sudo dpkg -i vagrant_1.3.3_x86_64.deb
rm vagrant_1.3.3_x86_64.deb


rvm use 2.0.0@veewee --create
sudo apt-get install libxslt1-dev libxml2-dev zlib1g-dev
git clone
cd veewee
bundle install

packer ?


sudo add-apt-repository "deb $(lsb_release -sc) partner"
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install skype

Now what ?

Find a boxen equivalent for ubuntu and automate this… time to give a try to kitchenplan or take a look at thoughtbot script (not exactly in my stack, less sexy)

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