Launchpad installation details¶
What the installation process does¶
rocketfuel-setup script first determines what release of Ubuntu
you’re running, then installs various lines into files under
enable you to run Launchpad services locally. For example, it adds entries
for “launchpad.test”, “bazaar.launchpad.test”, “lists.launchpad.test”, and
others to your
/etc/hosts file, so that after you build Launchpad you
can browse to
launchpad.test and see a locally-running instance. It
also installs some packages, dependencies that Launchpad needs in order to
run. This is why the
sudo access is necessary; consult the script for
details of what it’s doing.
Once it’s got the system preparation out of the way, the script clones
Launchpad’s Git repository (that’s the
launchpad directory above). That
will take a while.
After it gets that, it fetches the other dependencies, the third-party
libraries, by invoking a separate script,
launchpad/utilities/rocketfuel-get. That will take a while too, as
there are over 200 such libraries.
Once it has all the dependencies, it links them into the trunk working tree,
using the script
We only support using rocketfuel-setup to set up Launchpad. It adjusts
a lot of things to get the development process running smoothly, as
summarized above. However, sometimes you might want to just get a build of
Launchpad to run its tests, or to run a script packaged with Launchpad, or
to do your own manual changes of the files that
normally touch. These are the basics of what needs to be done for that
route - unsupported hints.
You’ll need packages from a PPA:
$ sudo apt-add-repository ppa:launchpad/ubuntu/ppa
Get the code:
$ git clone https://git.launchpad.net/launchpad $ cd launchpad $ git clone --depth=1 https://git.launchpad.net/lp-source-dependencies download-cache $ make
Are there Launchpad packages available?¶
No, Launchpad is not packaged as a
.deb or a snap or anything like that,
and there are no plans to do so. Launchpad deployment is done straight from
Git branches. We don’t want to increase complexity further by adding a
packaging method that we wouldn’t use ourselves.