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Installing Libra on a Pixelbook

This is a brief how-to on installing Libra on a Pixelbook.

I typically use as my daily driver a Pixelbook in dev mode with Linux beta, mostly for Go and Flutter development. The docs seemed pretty straightforward, with three setup commands seen here:

With my Pixelbook in this state, it means I have Go installed (one of the prerequisites for Libra Core protobuf compilation) and protoc. tl;dr. The Libra docs are very clear, but there were two issues, missing linux header lib and an outdated protoc - both are easily fixed.

Issues encountered

It’s nice that the dependencies installer installs the prerequisites to build Libra Core, but I encountered an error while installing CMake:

Prerequisites installed by this script:

This is where the ./scripts/ script bailed out:

Installing CMake......
E: dpkg was interrupted, you must manually run 'sudo dpkg --configure -a' to correct the problem. 
ghchinoy@penguin:~/dev/libra$ sudo dpkg --configure -a
Setting up linux-compiler-gcc-6-x86 (4.9.168-1+deb9u3) ...
dpkg: dependency problems prevent configuration of linux-headers-4.9.0-9-amd64:
 linux-headers-4.9.0-9-amd64 depends on linux-headers-4.9.0-9-common (= 4.9.168-1+deb9u3); however:
  Package linux-headers-4.9.0-9-common is not installed.

This is easily fixed via an apt install:

sudo apt update && sudo apt install linux-headers-4.9.0-9-common

After installing linux-headers-4.9.0-9-common , reran ./scripts/ and almost everything went well… I had an older protoc and the script bombed out.

Following the instructions here, reproduced below, to upgrade/install protoc, I re-reran ./scripts/ and had a clean install!
sudo unzip -o $PROTOC_ZIP -d /usr/local bin/protoc
sudo unzip -o $PROTOC_ZIP -d /usr/local include/*

Starting a testnet was actually as simple as the third command. This did take a while to complete, as all the rust libs needed were downloaded and compiled, after which I was launched into the libra cli.

Finished dev [unoptimized + debuginfo] target(s) in 20m 57s

Then there was a nice little tutorial on how to create a transaction with sample Alice and Bob accounts: