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Get Debian WSL Set Up For Web Development

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Quick guide to getting Debian WSL set up for web development.

You can install Debian from the Windows Store and get started straight away with using it, but there’s a few things missing.

For me one of the first things I like to do is get set up with my preferred shell Zsh with Oh My Zsh. I’ve documented My Zsh Setup previously if you’re interested in that.

Installing Zsh is a sudo apt command:

sudo apt install zsh

Installing Oh My Zsh with the recommended curl command gives an error though, the Oh My Zsh install command is this:

sh -c "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.github.com/ohmyzsh/ohmyzsh/master/tools/install.sh)"

That gives an error in Debian:

-bash: curl: command not found

So, I can install the curl package with sudo apt install curl then I’d be on my way, but then I get prompted again for more missing packages.

There’s a collection of packages in build-essential that will get you set up with the basics for web development.

I’ll install that along with git and curl, the -y flag is to agree to installing the packages, you can omit that if you want to choose what to install, I use it to skip having to agree to the prompts.

sudo apt install build-essential git curl wget -y

Now if I run the curl command again to install Oh My Zsh, it works!

That’s it! Real quick note for myself and the next time I come up against this! 😊

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