This guide will walk you through installing Statocles. Statocles is a command-line application, so some familiarity with using a command terminal is needed.
Throughout this guide, the
$ character will be placed before commands
for you to run. This is the standard "prompt" character on Unix-like
terminals. Your prompt may look different (for example,
Windows and DOS-like terminals). Any line not preceded by a
example output from running the command.
Statocles is a Perl application, so you will need a Perl installation before you can run Statocles.
Many Linux distributions come with a basic Perl that can run Statocles.
Other distributions come with a
perl executable, but lack some of the
core modules Statocles expects.
To check if you've got a Perl already installed, open a terminal and run
$ which perl
which command will tell you whether there is anything called
perl available to execute. If
which can't find a Perl, it will print
nothing, and you'll be shown your prompt again. You should install Perl
using your distribution's package manager.
- RedHat, CentOS, Fedora:
sudo yum install perl-core
- Debian, Ubuntu, Mint:
sudo apt-get install perl
When Perl is installed, you should verify you have a recent-enough
version. Statocles requires Perl 5.10.1 or later (released in 2001). You
perl -v to see what version of Perl you have.
$ perl -v
This is Perl v5.12.2
Mac OS X
Mac OS X comes with a Perl modern enough to run Statocles. Skip ahead to Installing Statocles to install Statocles. If you want to install a separate Perl to ensure there are no problems when upgrading your Mac OS X, you can try homebrew for installing a wide variety of software, or Perl-specific solutions like perlbrew or plenv.
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Windows rarely comes with a Perl install, so you'll have to do it yourself. We recommend using Strawberry Perl, but ActivePerl by ActiveState is also an option. Install the latest version of one of these Windows Perl distributions.
If you choose ActivePerl, installing Statocles will be slightly different. See Installing with ActivePerl.
Installing with access to Git
A common Statocles deployment strategy involves using Git for deploying the website. To make Statocles automatically deploy using Git, it must have access to the Git command-line tools.
Once Perl is installed, we can install Statocles itself. There are a couple ways to do this depending on whether you have administrator (root) access to the machine.
Installing without administrator privileges
This is the recommended way to install Statocles on Linux and Mac OS X. Installing Statocles for the entire machine can create problems, especially if your OS depends on the Perl it includes for its own operations. Installing to your own user directory ensures that you can easily uninstall Statocles without impacting the rest of your system.
This method will not work on Windows, unfortunately, but on Windows there is also no danger of the OS relying on Perl for its own operation.
Setting up your user environment
Now that your environment is ready, you can install Statocles with
Installing for the entire machine
With admin privileges, you can simply run "cpan Statocles" and everything will work. A wall of text will fly past your screen, and Statocles will test itself and install itself if the tests pass.
If the tests fail on your machine, or if Statocles fails to install for any reason, please open a bug report, and include the full log from your terminal so we can help fix the problem.
This is the recommended way to install Statocles on Windows using Strawberry Perl.
Installing with ActivePerl
ActivePerl for Windows has a slightly different way to install Perl
modules, called Perl Package Manager (PPM). To install Statocles using
C:/> ppm Statocles
Installing optional prereqs
Optional prereqs are installed in the same way as Statocles. If you
installed Statocles using the
cpan command, you install these optional
prereqs using the same command. If you installed Statocles using the
ppm command, you most likely install these using the
This module allows Statocles to use Git as a deployment target, which enables Github Pages support, or a nicely-automated, authenticated, and auditable way of deploying to your own machines using only a standard ssh login.
To install the
Git::Repository module, do
cpan Git::Repository or
ppm Git::Repository, depending on how you installed Statocles.
On Mac OS X, the Statocles daemon can automatically rebuild your site
when its content changes. To enable this feature, we need the
To install the
Mac::FSEvents module, do
Then, the Statocles daemon will automatically begin watching your
content directories for changes.
The optional Statocles syntax highlighting plugin, which colorizes code
sections for technical page and blog content, requires an optional
Syntax::Highlighter::Engine::Kate module. Before we
can enable this plugin in our config, we need to
install its prereq. If we don't, we will get an error message saying we
need to install the prereq.
To install the
Syntax::Highlighter::Engine::Kate module, do
Syntax::Highlighter::Engine::Kate, depending on how you installed