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Rakefile is a french web site speaking of Linux and Free Software.

This git repository is the rails application that run on


The following instructions will help you to install the Rails part of on a Debian box.

1) First install the Debian packages:

(become root, you should probably remove any preexisting ruby1.8 installation)
# aptitude install ruby1.9.1-full
# aptitude install mysql-server mysql-client libmysql++-dev
# aptitude install build-essential libxslt1-dev libxml2-dev
# aptitude install imagemagick hunspell hunspell-fr

2) Install some gems:

# gem install bundler rake
(could be gem1.9.1 instead of gem, installation should be in /var/lib/gems/1.9.1 by default)

3) Configure the database:

# mysql -p -u root
<enter your root password for mysql>
> CREATE DATABASE linuxfr_rails;
> GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON linuxfr_rails.* TO "linuxfr_rails"@"localhost";
(return to user)

4) Install and start redis:

$ wget ""
$ tar xzf redis-2.2.1.tar.gz
$ cd redis-2.2.1
$ make
(optional, takes about ten minutes, $ make test )
$ src/redis-server redis.conf

5) Clone the repository, configure and install gems:

$ git clone git://
$ cd
$ cp config/database.yml{.sample,}
$ cp config/secret.yml{.sample,}
(become root)
# bundle install
(probably /var/lib/gems/1.9.1/bin/bundle if not in your PATH)
(return to user)
$ rake db:setup
(probably /var/lib/gems/1.9.1/bin/rake if not in your PATH)

6) Let's run it:

$ bundle exec rails server thin
(probably /var/lib/gems/1.9.1/bin/bundle if not in your PATH)
$ firefox
(did you mean iceweasel?)

7) Create an admin account:

Create an account
Get confirmation link in the console and confirm the account
(Get password in the console)
Give admin role to this account
mysql> UPDATE accounts SET role='admin' WHERE login='xxxxxx';
Reload the page on the site, you should be admin.

See also

If you want the full stack for running, you should also look at:

How to run the specs

1) Be sure that redis is running and create the test database:

$ rake db:test:prepare

2) Run spork in background:

$ spork &

3) And now, just run rspec (and repeat this step until done):

$ rspec spec


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Copyright (c) 2011 Bruno Michel