Diaspora is the privacy aware, personally controlled, do-it-all, open source social network.
Since August 27, 2012 Diaspora is ruled by the community (announcement).
- Since Diaspora can run on MySQL and PostgreSQL you need to decide which one you want to use. Install one of them and set it up.
- Diaspora starts a so called appserver, on port 3000 by default, which serves the dynamic contents. You need a reverse proxy to handle the static content that forwards requests it can't handle to the appserver. Typical tools for that are Apache or Nginx.
- You'll also need the usual tools to build packages from the AUR.
- And AUR and AUR from the AUR.
Obtain theAUR package from the AUR. If you want only one database support, modify the PKGBUILD pkgname lines accordingly.
/etc/webapps/diaspora/database.yml and fill out the needed values. Then edit /etc/webapps/diaspora/diaspora.yml and change at least the url setting to the URL your installation will be reachable under (the one served by your reverse proxy). You can change the port the appserver will listen on under the server section. By default Diaspora requires a SSL setup, you can disable that with the require_ssl setting.
Ensure your database is running and then switch to the diaspora user:
$ su diaspora $ cd
Create the database and initialize the schema:
bundle-2.0 exec rake-2.0 db:create db:schema:load
If the user you specified in the database.yml file can't create databases leave the 'db:create' out and create a database named diaspora_production by hand.
You can now switch back to your regular user and start diaspora systemd service.
The static content your reverse proxy needs to serve will be available under
Updating is very analogous. Obtain the newest version of the package and build it, just like in the installation instructions. Watch for .pacnew files and review the changes. Also read the changelog over at Diaspora. Then again ensure the database is running and switch to the diaspora user:
$ su diaspora $ cd
And update the database schema:
bundle-2.0 exec rake-2.0 db:migrate
Exit and restart diaspora systemd service.
Add yourself as an admin
Switch to the diaspora user and start the Rails console:
su diaspora cd bundle-2.0 exec rails console production
Then run the following command, replacing user with your username:
You can exit the Rails console by pressing
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: