.desktopfiles lately to make launching apps easier, I thought I’d write myself a quick reminder of what I did and how it works. If it’s useful to you too, then great! I have one application in a weird path, and another that needs a specific environment variable set for it to work. Continue reading
It does, and I never want to do the research for this again, so I’m posting it here and hoping I remember to look here when it happens!
$ sudo apt install python Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree Reading state information... Done Note, selecting 'python-is-python2' instead of 'python'
It turns out that since the
python package has historically been Python 2, and there’s a separate
python3 package (and the commands match the package names, also
pip3 etc), that default has remained in an attempt to break things for fewer people. Which is nice, but how do I get current, stable python?
sudo apt install python-is-python3
There’s a sister package called
python-is-python3 and installing that makes my
python command use version 3 as I expected! It’s a fairly good solution to the problem but it took me a moment to work out how to install it so I thought I’d write it down for next time! Hope it helps you too :)
I’ve been using the Ruby Snap on Ubuntu for a while now, and I think it’s a bit better? I’ve referred to my notes every time I’ve done it though so I thought I had better put them somewhere I’ll find them even when I’m using a new notebook :)
What versions are available?
snap info ruby will show your choices of versions to install. I usually just need a
major.minor version combination so I set the version with:
sudo snap switch ruby --channel=2.5/stable sudo snap refresh
If you see a lot of “extension not built” anger then try this:
ruby.gem pristine --extensions
Using Ruby and Gem and Bundle
The snap actually ships with all these commands available as separate commands:
ruby(just check this is the right one! Should be the same as
/snap/bin/ruby– if it’s not check what order things are in your
ruby.gemis the gem executable for this snap ruby
ruby.bundleis the bundler gem for this snap ruby (I use this one the most since my ruby usage is basically
bundle exec jekyll servemost of the time!)
Beware that the 2.5 channel has bundler v2 and the 2.6 channel has v1, I have no idea why but it’s tripped me up at least four times now
My work machine is a Windows PC, with dual boot to the Ubuntu partition that I actually use. Sometimes, when booting Windows, it “repairs” its disks and removes my grub menu, booting straight into Windows without showing me the grub menu.
To fix this: interrupt the startup, choose the boot device and pick the Ubuntu partition from the list.
Once booted, you can
boot-repair to sort out grub – I also travel with a boot disk, just in case!