I am working on a few websites and recently started using LESS CSS for creating my CSS. Anyways, I am using a Dreamhost shared server for not only my website, but other projects I am working on. Unfortunately with a shared server account, you don’t have access to
sudo, so you can’t install applications. I got tired of editing my LESS files on the server, copying them locally or doing the git push and pull boogie, running a make file to build the css, and then pushing the css back to the server. I searched and searched for the answer and never found out. However, I did remember that I used to do a lot of Debian and Ubuntu packaging not all that long ago and figured I could just download all the files I need from the Ubuntu archive, extract them, and put them in their proper place. After doing all of this manually and testing it that everything worked just how I needed, I decided to write a script to do all the work. That way there I didn’t have to use this blog to provide step-by-step instructions.
Getting the script
You can either use
git to grab the file or you can simply grab the script only.
git clone git://github.com/nixternal/dreamhost_less_compiler_install_script.git
If you grab the script from the above link, you will need to make it executable:
chmod +x dh_less_inst.sh
Running the script
Here comes the easy part:
What does the script do?
The script simply downloads the necessary packages from the Ubuntu archive, or a tarball if it isn’t in the archive. The following is a list of everything that gets downloaded and installed as well as where it gets placed: NOTE:
$PREFIX defaults to
- lesscss – git clone of the lesscss source.
- libev – tarball configured, built, and installed to
- node.js – deb file extracted.
- libc-ares, libssl, libicu, and libv8 – deb file extracted.
What you need to add to make it work
You just need to add 2 lines to your shell’s rc file. In my case I added them to
~/.zshrc, but by default Dreamhost shared servers use
~/.bash_profile. Here are the 2 lines to add:
export PATH=$PATH:$HOME/.local/usr/bin export LD_LIBRARY_PATH="$HOME/.local/usr/lib"
Source the edited file or log out and back in for everything to work.
If you have any problems, please leave a comment below.