1-5: Create a user
For security reasons it's best not to use the root user. Instead, create a new user and add the user to the sudo group.
Also, by default, the Pocket CLI will place the data directory for the node in the user's home directory. So, when you create a new user, you'll want to make sure the home directory is on a volume that has plenty of room for the data directory.
At the time of writing, Pocket requires ~160GB. The following user setup process assumes you have a volume partition mounted at
/mnt/data. You can change this if needed but make sure the user's home directory is on a volume can be extended or has plenty of room for the data directory to grow.
Creating a new user
To create a new user, and home directory, do the following:
Create a new user with the following command:
useradd -m -g sudo -s /bin/bash pocket && passwd pocket
Note: The user
sudogroup, and the default shell will be
bin/bash. A home directory will also be created. If you want to specify the location of the home directory, you can use the
-doption followed by the path to the home directory.
For the rest of this guide, we'll be using the
su - pocket
Alright, that's it for the server setup. Now let's move on to the Pocket CLI installation.