Friday, 3 August 2012

Installing Sublime Text 2 on Linux Mint

So, continuing on from installing RVM on Linux Mint and installing Ruby on Rails on Linux Mint, I want to give a brief rundown on installing Sublime Text 2 on Linux Mint, though in fact, this will work for pretty much any Linux version, so if you're running Ubuntu it will work as well. If you aren't using Sublime Text 2, I suggest you download it and give it a go - it's an awesome editor, especially for Rails and Python development, bringing a Textmate elegance to Linux. It's cross platform too, so if you are jumping between OSX, Linux and Windows, it makes the perfect companion giving you a consistent interface across the various OSs. Don't trust me? Well take a look at what others think about it So, there are two routes here - you can install using the traditional apt-get on Mint. You'll have to add a repository. That's not really my preferred method though. It takes too long to get releases through to the repository so I like to do a manual install. Don't worry, this isn't complex. First you'll need to download Sublime Text 2 - grab it with wget or just go to the website and download it.
tar -jxvf Sublime\ Text\ 2.0.1.tar.bz2
Your filename might be different if you've got the 64bit version, or if the Sublime text version has incremented. Now you've got a Sublime Text 2 directory with everything you need in it. Next, I like to move it into /opt but feel free to put it anywhere that you normally install additional programs; maybe somewhere in your home directory. Anyway I do:
sudo mv Sublime\ Text\ 2 /opt
Last, but not least, I create a symlink
sudo ln -s /opt/Sublime\ Text\ 2/sublime_text /usr/bin/subl
You should already have /usr/bin in your path so now you can just run
from your terminal to get sublime text to startup. Finally, you should look at Michael Hartl's tutorial on setting up the various packages and plugins to ease Rails development with Sublime Text 2

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