Now that Yosemite and all the essentials are installed, next up is setting up my environment. When I first started out, the easiest way to get things set up was installing MAMP and calling it a day, but I've since decided to get my hands dirty and use nginx as my HTTP server, which will be covered in this guide. In addition, I'll be installing Node.js, Homebrew, MySQL, and a few other things that I use on occasion as part of my workflow.
Command Line Tools for Xcode
First up, I'll be installing Command Line Tools for Xcode to have access to common Linux-based utilities, tools, and compilers. This allows more awesome stuff to be installed (many of the Unix tools require GCC which Command Line Tools makes available). Mavericks and above allows you to install via the command line whereas older versions of OS X requires you to install Xcode.
$ xcode-select --install
$ character shouldn't be typed, as it's just a cue to enter a shell command.
Once you agree to the license agreement it'll take a couple minutes to download and install (~130mb).
A few things I've found useful:
rsyncfor copying large sets of data: When moving thousands of files from one location to another, I've found this to be a godsend and destroys
cpor drag-dropping files in terms of speed. I commonly use
rsync -vaP Volumes/Source Volumes/Targetwhere
amirrors symlinks and permissions,
Pfor partial transfer resume and progress.
NVM + node
I want to avoid having to use
sudo for installing NPM or packages so I'll be installing node version manager first, which can be done by running the following command:
$ curl https://raw.githubusercontent.com/creationix/nvm/v0.12.1/install.sh | bash
I actually ran into the following error message which was asking me to create a profile and add the NVM directory path:
$ => nvm is already installed in /Users/USERNAME/.nvm, trying to update $ => HEAD is now at 68574cc... v0.12.1 $ error: branch 'master' not found.
It offers 2 options to fix this problem in the output – I opted for the first which asks you to create a bash profile and run the command again. To create the file, I ran
$ touch ~/.bash_profile before running the
curl command above again.
Nano is the command line editor, once you add the above lines you can save and exit by hitting
ctrl + X,
Y to save changes and 'enter' to confirm selection
After restarting terminal, running the
$ nvm command confirmed it's been installed by it's output of usage instructions. I also ran into an issue where the nvm current version wouldn't stick on a new terminal window, so i had to set the default version by running
$ nvm alias default 0.10.33.
Since node version manager is now working, I went ahead and installed the latest version of Node (v0.10.33 at time of writing) by running
$ nvm install 0.10.33. The latest version number of Node can be found at nodejs.org.
$ node -v should now return the current installed version of node,
$ npm -v the version of node package manager, and '$ which node` the path node has been installed to (the home directory).
$ node -v v0.10.33 $ npm -v 1.4.28 $ which node /Users/USERNAME/.nvm/v0.10.33/bin/node
With node and NPM installed, I can now install my essentials:
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