While you are free to fork this code and modify it (according to the license) to run your own link aggregation website, this source code repository and bug tracker are only for the site operating at lobste.rs. Please do not use the bug tracker for support related to operating your own site unless you are contributing code that will also benefit lobste.rs.
Contributing bugfixes and new features
Please see the CONTRIBUTING file.
Install Ruby 2.3.
Checkout the lobsters git tree from Github
$ git clone git://github.com/lobsters/lobsters.git $ cd lobsters lobsters$
Install Nodejs, needed (or other execjs) for uglifier
Fedora: sudo yum install nodejs Ubuntu: sudo apt-get install nodejs OSX: brew install nodejs
Run Bundler to install/bundle gems needed by the project:
Create a MySQL (other DBs supported by ActiveRecord may work, only MySQL and MariaDB have been tested) database, username, and password and put them in a
config/database.ymlfile. You will also want a separate database for running tests:
development: adapter: mysql2 encoding: utf8mb4 reconnect: false database: lobsters_dev socket: /tmp/mysql.sock username: *dev_username* password: *dev_password* test: adapter: mysql2 encoding: utf8mb4 reconnect: false database: lobsters_test socket: /tmp/mysql.sock username: *test_username* password: *test_password*
Load the schema into the new database:
lobsters$ rails db:schema:load
Define your site's name and default domain, which are used in various places, in a
config/initializers/production.rbor similar file:
class << Rails.application def domain "example.com" end def name "Example News" end end Rails.application.routes.default_url_options[:host] = Rails.application.domain
Put your site's custom CSS in
Seed the database to create an initial administrator user, the
inactive-user, and at least one tag:
lobsters$ rails db:seed
On your personal computer, you can add some sample data and run the Rails server in development mode. You should be able to login to
http://localhost:3000with your new
lobsters$ rails fake_data lobsters$ rails server
Deploying the site in production requires setting up a web server and running the app in production mode. There are more tools and options available than we can describe; find a guide or an expert. The lobsters-ansible repo has our config files to crib from. Some app-specific notes:
Set up crontab or another scheduler to run regular jobs:
*/5 * * * * cd /path/to/lobsters && env RAILS_ENV=production sh -c 'bundle exec ruby script/mail_new_activity; bundle exec ruby script/post_to_twitter'
config/initializers/production.rb.samplefor GitHub/Twitter integration help.
Basic moderation happens on-site, but most other administrative tasks require use of the rails console in production.
Administrators can create and edit tags at