This was a useful guide I wrote back on my old website. I was trying to install irssi, and I couldn't remember how I installed it last time. Luckily it was available on archive.org's WayBackMachine. I have updated this guide to glib-2.19.8 and irssi-0.8.15.
To install irssi, you can eigher follow the next 7 steps and install from source.
Every command on this page should be entered into a SSH Prompt on DreamHost
SSH into your Dreamhost server (for me, this is titan.dreamhost.com, you can find your server inside panel)
Create the necessary directories:
mkdir -p bin lib tmp chmod 700 bin lib tmp
Adding lines to your ~/.bash_profile
echo "export PATH=$PATH:$HOME/bin" >> ~/.bash_profile echo "export PKG_CONFIG_PATH=$HOME/lib/pkgconfig" >> ~/.bash_profile echo "export LD_LIBRARY_PATH=$HOME/lib:/usr/local/lib:$LD_LIBRARY_PATH" >> ~/.bash_profile
Activate the new changes
Download, untar, and install glib
cd ~/tmp wget ftp://ftp.gtk.org/pub/glib/2.19/glib-2.19.8.tar.gz tar -xvzf glib-2.19.8.tar.gz cd glib-2.19.8 ./configure --prefix=$HOME make make install
Download and install irssi
cd ~/tmp wget http://irssi.org/files/irssi-0.8.15.tar.gz tar -xvvzf irssi-0.8.15.tar.gz cd irssi-0.8.15 ./configure --prefix=$HOME make make install
rm -rf ~/tmp/glib-2.19.8.tar.gz ~/tmp/glib-2.19.8 ~/tmp/irssi-0.8.15.tar.gz ~/tmp/irssi-0.8.15
Once you have installed it, simply type
irssi to run it.
I asked Dreamhost if they would allow the use of a terminal application running all the time. Here is their response:
You won’t be in “trouble” for running an irc program (no servers) on our servers. However if the system becomes unstable, it would likely be one of the first processes killed by our admins as our servers are meant for hosting web pages only. In general , we just don’t want users running bots or their own server daemons on our servers.”