Automating your Ubuntu Workstation Install

Formatting your drive and re-creating your Ubuntu workstation periodically (weekly) is an advantageous behaviour. Two important lean principles are

  • if it hurts, do it more often
  • (and) bring pain forward

So building your workstation weekly is a valuable practise.

Leave it and the task looms larger and larger and gets more and more daunting as time goes by.

Do it frequently and you absorb small shocks as you go along and gain much valued feedback on your behaviour in the past week. Now the rebuild is neither painful nor daunting as it's just one week's worth of creation activity to assimilate.

Sync Down Publicly Available S3 Documentation

We want to have the books and documentation pertinent to our environment, tools, systems and practices readily available from publicly available registered S3 buckets.

Let's install the AWS tools and sync them down.

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get --assume-yes upgrade
sudo apt-get install --assume-yes awscli
aws --version

Access S3 Bucket

Name is devops.books

This policy created.

  "Version": "2012-10-17",
  "Statement": [
      "Effect": "Allow",
      "Action": [
      "Resource": "arn:aws:s3:::*"
      "Effect": "Allow",
      "Action": ["s3:ListBucket"],
      "Resource": ["arn:aws:s3:::@[@[project|id]|]"]
      "Effect": "Allow",
      "Action": [
      "Resource": ["arn:aws:s3:::@[@[project|id]|]/*"]

Test AWS S3 Bucket User

Run the iam.users eco-system


Check that it can list the names of all buckets - that is a pre-requisite to the one-bucket read-write usage. Test that the ONLY bucket it can list is devops.books aws s3 ls s3://wiija.documents

An error occurred (AccessDenied) when calling the ListObjects operation: Access Denied

aws s3 ls s3://devops.books aws s3 cp /media/apollo/6464-31A4/BitbucketServer_0410.pdf s3://devops.books/bitbucket.server.manual.pdf upload: ../../media/apollo/6464-31A4/BitbucketServer_0410.pdf to s3://devops.books/bitbucket.server.manual.pdf

aws s3 ls s3://devops.books 2017-11-30 18:45:53 10894058 bitbucket.server.manual.pdf

Install Pandoc to Convert Markdown to PDF

sudo apt-get install --assume-yes pandoc
sudo apt-get install --assume-yes texlive-latex-base
sudo apt-get install --assume-yes texlive-fonts-recommended
sudo apt-get install --assume-yes texlive-fonts-extra
sudo apt-get install --assume-yes texlive-latex-extra
pandoc -s -o markdown-new.pdf

These commands tend towards using node.js for markdown to pdf conversion. The end result should look and feel much better than the pandoc option.

curl -sL | sudo -E bash -
sudo apt-get install -y nodejs
npm install markdown-pdf