Prepare the system
As root run:
Install the database
Skip this step if you already have one.
See the Debian wiki.
We recommend using Ruby Version Manager it will ensure you're always on the currently recommended Ruby version and cleanly separate your diaspora* installation from all other Ruby applications on your machine. If you opt for not using it ensure your Ruby version is at least 2.3.0, prior versions are incompatible. We currently recommend using the latest release of the 2.4 series.
As the user you want to run diaspora* under, that is not as root, run:
curl -L https://s.diaspora.software/1t | bash
and follow the instructions. If you get GPG signature problems, follow the instructions printed by the command. Running the 'gpg --recv-keys' command with 'sudo' should not be necessary. If those commands give you permission denied errors, change them to 640 for all files and 750 for all folders in the .gnupg folder.
Set up RVM
Ensure the following line is in your ~/.bashrc:
[[ -s "$HOME/.rvm/scripts/rvm" ]] && source "$HOME/.rvm/scripts/rvm"
Now run source ~/.bashrc in the terminal(s) you are using for this guide.
If you don't have sudo installed or your current user doesn't have the privileges to execute it, run:
rvm autolibs read-fail
The next command will check if all dependencies to build Ruby are installed. If these are not met, you will see a list of packages preceded by "Missing required packages:". As root install all the packages listed there for your OS. Then rerun the install command.
Ensure the currently recommend version of Ruby is installed:
rvm install 2.4