Learn How To Setup a TeamTalk Server on Linux
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TeamTalk is a conferencing system which allows users to have high-quality audio/video conversations, text chat, transfer files, and share screens. It is especially popular among the blind due to its accessibility with screen readers and high audio quality.
This article will explain how to setup TeamTalk on Linux. The commands listed in this article are written for Debian 7 x64. You may adapt them to your distro.
Downloading the server
Go to the TeamTalk website and download the archive of the latest version of the application (at time of this writing, 5.1). The file can be downloaded using a tool on your IT Web Services instance such as
curl. You could also download it on another machine and transfer it to your instance. To download TeamTalk 5.1, run the following command:
Creating the TeamTalk user
Create a user for TeamTalk to use. Run the following command as the root user.
adduser --system --shell /bin/sh tt
Extracting the archive
Run the following commands to extract the archive to the proper location and set the proper permissions.
gunzip teamtalk-v5.1-debian7-x86_64.tgz tar xf teamtalk-v5.1-debian7-x86_64.tar cd teamtalk-v5.1-debian7-x86_64 mv server/* /home/tt/tt5 cd .. rm -rf teamtalk-v5.1-debian7-x86_64 rm teamtalk-v5.1-debian7-x86_64.tar cd /home/tt/tt5 chown tt tt5srv chown -R tt /home/tt
Installing the init script
TeamTalk includes an init script for your convenience. To install it, run the following commands:
mv /home/tt/tt5/daemon-script/tt5server /etc/init.d chmod +x /etc/init.d/tt5server
To make TeamTalk start automatically when your instance is restarted, run:
update-rc.d tt5server defaults
Building the initial configuration
To build the initial configuration of the server, run the following commands.
cd /home/tt/tt5 ./tt5srv -wizard
A text-based wizard will launch; follow the prompts to build the configuration file. Then fix permissions by running:
chown tt tt5srv.xml
Starting the server
If you installed the init script, use the following command:
service tt5server start
su -c "/home/tt/tt5/tt5srv -d" tt
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