Install batou’s requirements on Debian / Ubuntu / Mint

Depending on you specific distribution, software packages either need to be installed using apt-get or aptitude. apt-get is more specific to Ubuntu and its derivates, whereas aptitude is typically used on Debian. In our examples below, we will stick to apt-get.


RPM-based environments are not native for any of the developers and not tested systematically. Let us know if any of this information is incorrect and we’ll gladly update this.

Python 3

In many distributions, Python 3 should ship as the default system Python and should therefore already be installed. If not, you can install it by executing:

sudo apt-get install python3-dev


Although installing using sudo apt-get install python3 would be sufficient, we choose to python3-dev because having the additional development packages installed does not hurt and may help in situations that require functionality that is not included in the base package.


virtualenv creates isolated environments for Python, where you can install and upgrade libraries isolated from the system libraries and other environments on the system. You can install virtualenv by executing:

sudo apt-get install python3-virtualenv


Mercurial is a distributed source control management tool. You can install Mercurial by executing:

sudo apt-get install mercurial

SSH client

The OpenSSH client should ship with nearly any distribution and should already be installed. If not, you can install it by executing:

sudo apt-get install openssh-client


Git is a distributed revision control and source code management system. You can install Git by executing:

sudo apt-get install git

In some cases you may want more functionality than the basic git package offers. To get a list of software packages related to git, execute:

sudo apt-cache search . | grep ^git

You can then install the respective package with apt-get like we did for git.


GNU Make is a tool which controls the generation of executables and other non-source files of a program from the program’s source files. It is typically available on nearly any Linux distribution.

Since it is heavily involved in self-compiling software, it is advisable to additionally install a useful set of packages that helps compiling software:

sudo apt-get install build-essential


NRPE is an add-on for Nagios that allows you to execute plugins and commands on remote Linux/Unix machines. NRPE can be installed by executing:

sudo apt-get install nagios-nrpe-server


rsync is a file synchronization and file transfer program for Unix-like systems. You can install rsync by executing:

sudo apt-get install rsync


Subversion is a software versioning and revision control system. To install it, execute:

sudo apt-get install subversion


Additionally installing the package subversion-tools may be helpful when you need more functionality and helper tools for Subversion.


UnZip is an extraction utility for archives compressed in .zip format. You can install it by executing:

sudo apt-get install unzip


GNU Tar provides the ability to create tar archives, as well as various other kinds of manipulation. It should already ship with nearly any Linux distribution. If not, you can install it by executing:

sudo apt-get install tar