Get the source
It's time to download diaspora*! As your diaspora user run:
cd ~ git clone https://github.com/diaspora/diaspora.git cd diaspora
Don't miss the cd diaspora, all coming commands expect to be run from that directory!
cp config/database.yml.example config/database.yml cp config/diaspora.yml.example config/diaspora.yml
Edit config/database.yml with your favorite text editor.
Comment out postgres and uncomment mysql as explained in the file. Furthermore fill in your mysql database password.
It's time to install the Ruby libraries required by diaspora*:
gem install bundler script/configure_bundler bin/bundle install --full-index
This takes quite a while. When it's finished, you should see a message similar to: Bundle complete! 137 Gemfile dependencies, 259 gems now installed. If that's not the case, you should seek for help on the mailing list or the IRC channel.
Running the manual gem install command shown in the error message can sometimes show a clearer error message if the bundle command fails.
Double check your config/database.yml looks right and run:
bin/rake db:create db:migrate
It's time to start diaspora*:
Your diaspora server is now running, either on a unix socket (current default) or on http port 3000. The listening method can be configured in diaspora.yml, search for '3000' or 'listen' to find the correct line.
You will likely need to install a reverse proxy (example on github for apache2) in order to get it to be served publicly. If you are new to running rails applications you may find the diaspora components page helpful for orientation.
You have to do backups of your pod data. If you lose your data, you won't be able to use the combination of your old username and old domain ever again. Make sure to store the backups on a different server, or at least on a different hard drive.
For details on how to do backups, see Pod data backup.