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Diaspora is the privacy aware, personally controlled, do-it-all, open source social network.

On November 23, 2010 was announced that Diaspora is in private alpha phase.


Install gems

$ sudo gem install mysql2
$ sudo gem install bundle


Install Diaspora

Since diaspora does not have a stable version, you can install it with the development package in the Arch User Repository (AUR).

Diaspora Postinstallation

create the configuration files and make changes according to your system needs

$ cd /usr/share/webapps/diaspora
$ cp config/application.yml.example config/application.yml
$ cp config/database.yml.example config/database.yml
$ cp config/script_server_config.yml.example config/script_server_config.yml

Use Bundler to install Diaspora application

$ sudo bundle install

Create Database

Edit the Rakefile

$ cd /usr/share/webapps/diaspora
$ sudo vi Rakefile

Add the line

require 'rake/dsl_definition'

right before

require 'rake'

create the database using

$ sudo rake db:drop:all
$ sudo rake db:create

Run Diaspora

  • To run Diaspora:
$ sudo /etc/rc.d/diaspora start

Then access http://localhost:3000/ to see the diaspora main page.

  • To stop Diaspora:
$ sudo /etc/rc.d/diaspora stop
  • (Optional) To start Diaspora automatically at boot, add the diaspora daemon in your /etc/rc.conf file:
DAEMONS=(... diaspora ...)
  • (Optional) To populate the database with sample users:
$ cd /opt/diaspora
$ sudo -u diaspora GEM_HOME=/opt/diaspora-gems rake db:seed:dev

Then access http://localhost:3000/ and login with user 'tom' and password 'evankorth'.


Errors while navigating after an upgrade

If you get an error after upgrading the package, the first thing you should do is delete the database you were using. First, stop the diaspora daemon if it is running, and make sure mongodb is running:

$ sudo /etc/rc.d/mongodb start

Enter in the mongo console with:

$ mongo diaspora-development

Finally, drop the old database, it will be regenerated the next time you access diaspora:

> db.dropDatabase()
> exit

GDM login screen with diaspora

GDM will insert the user diaspora in its login window because it currently considers the id range 500-1000 as normal users while Arch considers this range for system users as defined in /etc/login.defs. GDM does that probably to keep legacy normal users working. To exclude this user from the login window, add this 'Exclude' line in your /etc/gdm/custom.conf file:


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