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CentOS/RHEL 8 is not only good for server setups. Linux distros, in general, are more favorable as developer machines.
Largely so, because development involves deploying final apps to a Linux server anyway.
Let’s review some of the things you want to consider when using CentOS/RHEL 8 as your developer machine.
Many items will involve leveraging your RAM as much as possible. (I’m using a machine with 64GB RAM for a reference).
Install a mail client
CentOS/RHEL 8 comes with the Evolution email client by default. If you want something modern and fancy, install Mailspring:
sudo dnf install mailspring
Install a Hackable Editor
You will have an IDE of course, but for quick file edits, I prefer something lighter, e.g. Atom (not so light though):
sudo rpm --import https://packagecloud.io/AtomEditor/atom/gpgkey sudo sh -c 'echo -e "[Atom]\nname=Atom Editor\nbaseurl=https://packagecloud.io/AtomEditor/atom/el/7/\$basearch\nenabled=1\ngpgcheck=0\nrepo_gpgcheck=1\ngpgkey=https://packagecloud.io/AtomEditor/atom/gpgkey" > /etc/yum.repos.d/atom.repo' sudo dnf install atom
Put /tmp to RAM
You have a lot of RAM, why not have temporary files reside in RAM?
Add the following to
/etc/fstab (make sure to update the username), then reboot:
tmpfs /tmp tmpfs mode=1777,strictatime,nosuid,nodev 0 0 tmpfs /home/danila/.cache tmpfs defaults,relatime,uid=danila,gid=danila,mode=0755 0 0
dnf cache to RAM
tmpfs /var/cache/dnf tmpfs defaults,relatime,uid=root,gid=root,mode=0755 0 0
rm -rf /var/cache/dnf/* and attempt to mount the directory via
If all is well, then you can see that it’s mounted in
df -h output.
Speeding up various apps
I have a few apps, which “misbehave” by placing their caches as some subdirectory within
They sort of want their stuff in one place, similar to Windows and its Application Data thing.
In Linux systems, we can and should use
~/.cache where applicable.
Moreover, this will allow us to leverage our RAM-based cache.
d /home/danila/.cache/profiler 755 danila danila d /home/danila/.cache/Mailspring 755 danila danila d /home/danila/.cache/Upwork 755 danila danila d /home/danila/.cache/Slack 755 danila danila
Then you can create the dirs now:
systemd-tmpfiles --create caches.conf
For each app, you need to close it, then remove its current cache directory and replace it with a symlink to
# Mailspring rm -rf ~/.config/Mailspring/Cache ln ~/.cache/Mailspring -s ~/.config/Mailspring/Cache # Upwork rm -rf /home/danila/.Upwork/Upwork/UserData/Cache ln -s /home/danila/.cache/Upwork /home/danila/.Upwork/Upwork/UserData/Cache # Slack rm -rf /home/danila/.config/Slack/Cache ln -s /home/danila/.cache/Slack /home/danila/.config/Slack/Cache
Speedup Jetbrains IDEs
Now that our
~/.cache is mounted in tmpfs, we can simply reconfigure some apps that don’t make use of this “proper” location, to use do the right thing of using it, and speeding them up.
E.g. PyCharm (Community Edition is amazing and free):
Open IDE, then select Help -> Edit Custom Properties…
After this just restart the IDE.
Moving from another OS like OS X or Windows, you will absolutely miss something at the bottom (dock).
You will also miss the system tray, or “notification icons” area. This can be solved rather easily with some Gnome extensions:
sudo dnf install gnome-tweaks gnome-shell-extension-dash-to-dock gnome-shell-extension-topicons-plus
After this, log out from your session and back in. Then enable the extensions in the Tweaks app.
cd /usr/lib/jvm/jre ln -sn lib conf
- Eclipse to RAM – https://docs.observium.org/persistent_ramdisk/