Tag: ubuntu

Running a server using Django

Running a server using Django is pretty easy. Django is a high-level Python Web framework that encourages rapid development and clean, pragmatic design. Built by experienced developers, it takes care of much of the hassle of Web development, so you can focus on writing your app without needing to reinvent the wheel. It’s free and open source. – Django.

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1.To start with you will need to have Python which is already there by default on your linux machine. You will need to install Pip with the command. As i am on a Ubuntu machine im using the following commands.

apt-get install python-pip 

2. I am also running komodo-edit as editor. You easily install it with the following commands

add-apt-repository ppa:mystic-mirage/komodo-edit
apt-get update
apt-get install komodo-edit

3. Then, you will need to install django.

pip install django

4. Point yourself to a directory where you want to create your Django projects with the following commands. You would need to create a project. Here my project name is linuxproject. You would notice that a directory called linuxproject is created.

django-admin.py linuxproject

5. Get into the project directory. Here in my case its linuxproject. You should notice a manage.py file and a directory containing the project.

6. Now, open Komodo-edit. Create a new project in the same directory where your project has been created. Save the Django project with Komodo. It should looks something like this:

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Save the project. launch the following command from terminal.

python manage.py migrate

Now, you can start your server with the following command

python manage.py runserver

You can now navigate to In future articles, i will get into details of Django.

Installing, Updating and Playing around with a Docker container

Docker will probably be on heavy development those days. This article will be dedicated to most of the basics to install and update a docker instance and some tips to play around. In the future, i will get into details about Docker Engine, Images, Containers, Volumes and Networking in the context of Docker. I have reserved this blog for the installation of Docker, get updates from official channel and perform some basic daemon configs. So what is Docker? “Docker provides an integrated technology suite that enables development and IT operations teams to build, ship, and run distributed applications anywhere.” – Docker

Credits: Docker.com

A nice experience is to use a Virtual Box machine running on Centos machine. My physical machine is running an Ubuntu.

Centos 6 Machine:

1.To install docker do a

yum install docker-io

2. Start the docker service

service docker start

3. check the docker version and new version available as well as the info

docker -v
docker version
docker info

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4. You can also check for the number of containers, images, storage and execution driver details the the command.

docker info

Let’s now see how to update Docker. Prior to perform an upgrade, its important to perform a backup of images. To get a new docker version, you will need to add a docker repos to get new version and launch an update. You can check back the version with the command docker -v Just update your repository and launch an update. Check out the docker docs at this link.

Docker needs root to perform major actions like creation of namespaces and cgroups. Docker also use the /var/run/docker.sock which is own by root and is found in the group docker. So normal users can be added to the group docker by keeping security control to the docker group.

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5. Lets try running an instance with the following command using the user called “nitin”: The command simply means lets run docker run to start a new container -it to make it interactive and assigned it a tty and same will be used by a ubuntu image and a bash process will be run inside the container.

docker run -it ubuntu /bin/bash

6. If the user “nitin” is not found in the group “docker” same would not run. To add the user simply use the following command. As you can see here “nitin” is the user which is being added to the group “docker”

gpasswd -a nitin docker

Now, when the command is being launched you would noticed the download in progress.

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Afterwards, you will find yourself landed inside the container itself. Cool  isn’t it ? I am now inside an Ubuntu container from the Centos Virtual Machine. The number 7fa21bcf66b5 is the short form the container unique ID.

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Type exit to get back to the Virtual machine. More articles coming later on Docker. 


  • On Centos7 machine, a simple curl -fsSL https://get.docker.com/ | sh would do the installation for the latest version
  • Always create a user for the docker application, the add docker to the group with usermod -aG docker docker-user
  • On CentOS, when firing the docker version | grep Storage, you would noticed that the Default storage driver is ‘device mapper’ compared to Ubuntu which is by default AUFS
  • Docker needs root to work. You can see that a ls -l /var/run/docker.sock is assigned by default with user root and group docker. So normal users can be added to the group dockers to allow then to run and break docker without to be root.


Ruby on Rails deployment on Ubuntu Server

Ruby on Rails is a web application framework that enables you to develop web applications. It uses the Mobile-View-Controller (MVC) mechanism by providing default structures for the databases, web services and web pages. This article will be based on the installation and brief overview of Rails, Ruby, Ruby Version Manager (RVM) and Rubygem. I am using a Ubuntu Server 15.10 for the deployments.


To install Rails, you need to have Ruby which is an open source programming language. There are different ways to install Ruby. You can install it with your apt-get or yum tools which will not give you the latest version by default. You can download and compile it from source or you can also use the RVM Ruby Version Manager. The RVM permits you to switch between environments and different Ruby versions within the same machine easily. The community of Ruby developers are moving at a fast pace. Its very difficult to manage your Ruby applications without having a proper control over the different environments especially when an application is migrated from the Dev to Prod environment. There is another tool called Rbenv which can used to switch between environments. Lets install Ruby on Rails! 🙂

1. Basically an  apt-get install ruby will install ruby with all dependencies. However, from the Ubuntu repo, the version is 2.1 To install it with RVM, you need to install RVM itself first. I installed it using CURL

apt-get install curl

2. install mpapis public key as per official documentation.

gpg --keyserver hkp://keys.gnupg.net --recv-keys 409B6B1796C275462A1703113804BB82D39DC0E3

3. Install RVM – stable version. You would noticed several dependencies being installed such as g++, gcc, make etc..

curl -sSL https://get.rvm.io | bash -s stable --ruby

4. To start using RVM, you need to run

source /usr/local/rvm/scripts/rvm

5. You can check your RVM version and update your RVM version with the commands below. More information is also available on  github rvm repo

rvm -v

rvm get head

rvm reload

rvm get stable

6. You can check if all dependencies are installed with the command

rvm dependencies

7. Install Ruby with the command

rvm install ruby. 

8. To use the default version of ruby, you just need to do a

rvm use ruby --default. 

Note that when RVM is install,  by default it install a version of Ruby.

9. Normally, after installing RVM, Rubygems, which is a package management framework for Ruby will also be installed alongside. Verify it with the command

rvm rubygems current. 

10. However, if you need to upgrade to the latest Rubygems you need to do a

gem update --system. 

11. Rubygem itself can be updated provided you install the rubygems-update gem. Do a

gem install rubygems-update 

12. To install Rails alongside with all documentation

gem install rails

13 . At this stage we have already installed Ruby on Rails  on our Ubuntu server. I will now get into some more details. Since we downloaded the default Ruby, through RVM at step 8, you would noticed that you do not have the latest Ruby version! To download the latest stable release which is Ruby-2.2.3 at the time i am writing this article.

rvm install 2.2.3

14. You switch on to the new Ruby-2.2.3 with the command

rvm use ruby-2.2.3

15. Right now, i have Ruby-2.2.1 which is the default version that i have install alongside RVM and Ruby-2.2.3 which i have manually downloaded at step 13. Supposed we have to test an application with Ruby-2.1.7, lets now download another Ruby i.e; Ruby-2.1.7

rvm install 2.1.7

16. Once the Ruby-2.1.7 is downloaded, we switch on to it (see step 14). At this stage you would also noticed that the PATH of your ENV has changed. Each time you change the Ruby version, you would noticed a change in the path.

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17. Assuming we no longer need this version, lets now purge and uninstall Ruby-2.1.7 After uninstalling repeat the version you want to use at step 14

rvm uninstall 2.1.7

There are other tools such as Rbenv and Chruby which you can use instead of RVM to manipulate Ruby version. There are however its pros and cons when it comes to Rbenv VS RVM.