Dynamic Web Development with Seaside

23.3.3Installing the Squeak VM

Depending on the Smalltalk dialect you are using, the installation of the VM is different. Installing Squeak on a Debian system is simple. Install Squeak by entering the following command on the terminal:

$ sudo apt-get install squeak-vm

Note that installing and running Squeak does not require you to have the X Window System installed. Just tell the installer not to pull these dependencies in, when you are asked for it. Squeak remains runnable headless without a user-interface, this is what you want to do on most servers anyway. Up-to-date information on the status of the Squeak VM you find at http://www.squeakvm.org/unix/.

Now you should be able to start the VM. Typing the squeak command executes a helper script that allows one to install new images and sources in the current directory, and run the VM. The VM itself can be started using the squeakvm command.

$ squeakvm -help
$ squeakvm -vm-display-null imagename.image

You can find additional help on starting the VM and the possible command line parameters in the man pages:

$ man squeak

In the next section we are going to look at how we can run the VM as a daemon.

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