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Nexus on Ubuntu 12.10 installation

Written by Bram Neijt on .

As the title says, a step by step installation of Sonatype Nexus on Ubuntu 12.10.

Add a user for nexus

sudo adduser --home /opt/nexus --disabled-login --disabled-password nexus

Change into that user, move to the home directory and unpack your Nexus download:

sudo su - nexus
cd
tar -xzf /tmp/nexus-2.3.1-01-bundle.tar.gz

Then, back to our normal user again, using exit.

Now we set up the init script:

sudo ln -s /opt/nexus/nexus-2.3.1-01/bin/nexus /etc/init.d/nexus

In the init script, make sure the following variable are changed to the right values:

NEXUS_HOME="/opt/nexus/nexus-2.3.1-01"
RUN_AS_USER=nexus

Now at this point you should be able to start nexus if you want to use your default Java. Because commercial products like this often do not support OpenJDK, I decided to use a binary installation of Java at /opt/java/jdk1.7.0_09/.

sudo vim /opt/nexus/nexus-2.3.1-01/bin/jsw/conf/wrapper.conf and set

wrapper.java.command=/opt/java/jdk1.7.0_09/bin/java

Then if you start the service with sudo service nexus you should be able to see visit http://yourserver.example.com:8081/nexus/ and see Nexus.

The last step to complete the installation, is to make sure Nexus starts when the server starts: sudo update-rc.d nexus defaults

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