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The Newbie's Guide to the No-IP™ Linux Client

The Newbie's Guide to the No-IP™ Linux Client

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Published by: alsrmurad on Mar 26, 2010
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The Newbie's Guide to the No-
 IP™ Linux Client 
 Alright, you've just installed linux for the first time and want to prove to all of your friends thatyou are elite by installing, configuring, and constantly running the no-ip client on your
 machine! Great plan, but oh yeah, you have no idea what to do since all of the documentationyou find expects you to know how to work around in the linux console. Sure, you installedRedHat or Mandrake with no sweat (ok, maybe a little), but doing things in a console withcommands and compiling things? Don't worry it's not as bad as it sounds! I'm here to walk ya'through it step by step.The first thing we need to do is launch a terminal. A terminal is a method to let you use a console(a place where you can type commands to get things done). I'm assuming you're using RedHat orMandrake or some other 'easy' distribution of linux. Launching a terminal may be different ondifferent machines. If you're using KDE, poke around the system menus until you see somethingthat says "term" or "terminal". If you're at your linux machine and all you see is text (no mouse)and all you can do is type, you're already at a terminal! For my examples I'm using a terminalthat I've customized. It will probably look slightly different for you, however if you type thesame things it should all work out fine. If something in one of my pictures is highlighted inyellow, that means you are expected to type the highlighted regions. The rest is doneautomatically.buckle your seatbelts!
step 1: launch a terminal by whatever means you can.
 Once again let me emphasize your terminal will probably look different than mine. Your might just say $ instead or something other than bash-2.05b$, but it really doesn't matter. As long as ithas a $ at the end, it should work out fine. If it has a # at the end, you'll want to type "exit" untilit turns into a $. If you type exit and it loggs you out before you see a $, then log back in as auser
than root.
step 2: make a noip directory and download the linux client
I suggest you make a directory that we can work in for downloading and installing the no-iplinux client. Once you've opened a terminal, it should be in the directory of "/home/ 
 /".To see if that's where you are, type
and linux will spit out the location of where you are. If 
you're somewhere other than your home directory, type
cd /home/
and you'll bein your home directory.To make a directory for noip to live in, type
mkdir noip && cd noip
. This will make adirectory with the name "noip" and move you into the directory once finished.Next, we've got to download the linux no-ip client. The most current version of the linux clientwill always be located at http://www.no-ip.com/client/linux/noip-duc-linux.tar.gz To download the file, type
wget http://www.no-ip.com/client/linux/noip-duc-linux.tar.gz
 note: your linux distribution might not have the program 'wget' installed, if this is the case tryusing 'fetch' (on a bsd system) or even launch your browser and download the file and save it in /home/ 
 /noip/ then go back to the console for the next step.
step 3: decompress the archive then move into its directory
Assuming everything's gone well so far, the downloaded file should be in /home/ 
 /noip.The next step is to decompress it. The file ends in .tar.gz, this is called a "tarball". The .tarending shows that there are multiple files smacked into one. The .gz ending tells you that the .tarfile has been compressed. To decompress this file and separate the individual files, use thecommand
tar zvxf
. Replace 'file' with the exact filename of the file you justdownloaded. To see the files in this directory (in case you forgot the filename) type
and a listwill be shown.When the file is being extracted, it'll list the files and directories that are being created. Once it isfinished it'll return you to the $, and allow you to type again. You'll want to enter the newdirectory that's been created. To do this, type
cd noip-duc-linux
(the directory will be thename of the file, without the .tar.gz ending)
step 4: become root
 Next we need to compile and install the client, to do that we need to login as the user 'root'.Simply type
and you will be prompted for your root password. Once you have entered thecorrect password and pressed enter, you will notice a little something has changed. Instead of a $being at the end of the line, the line will end with #. The # is how you know you are logged in asroot.
note: If you have forgotten your root password, you will be jumped on by twenty-four mexicanllamas.
step 5: compile and crank up the installer
The first thing we'll do while logged in as root is compile the no-ip client. To do this simply type
while in the no-ip directory (you should be there already). It'll spit out some gibberish andpause for a little while, just let it be. Once it finishes it'll drop you off at a # again. This time,type
make install
. Now you're ready for step six!
I got an error message!! what now?!?
 If you didn't get an error while doing step five, skip this section and go to step six. If you got anerror, all it means is your system doesn't have the software it needs to compile applications fromtheir source code. The easiest way to use noip2 without compiling it from its sources is to use thebinary file they give you. Type
ls binaries
to see the files in the binaries folder. There willprobably be only one file listed. This is the filename you will use in the next command
and once that's finished, you can type
make install
 and head over to step six! 
step 6: configuration
 You'll notice a few lines of code have appeared and now you're being prompted for your loginstring. Don't worry it's not anything hard =o) Just enter the email address you used when yousigned up for the no-ip service. If you have not signed up for the no-ip service, you can do sohere. Next you'll be prompted for your password. Enter it perfectly, and mind your capitalization! If your password is rejected, run
make install
again, and try until you can type it correctly.

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