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On Debian-based distributions, such as Ubuntu, you can install Hudson through apt-get.

  1. Add the following line to your /etc/apt/sources.list:
    deb http://hudson-ci.org/debian binary/
    
  2. Update the APT index:
    sudo apt-get update
    
  3. Install Hudson:
    sudo apt-get install hudson
    

Comment:

Doesn't work on modern Ubuntu:

sudo apt-get install hudson 

...

The following packages have unmet dependencies:
  hudson: Depends: daemon but it is not going to be installed
 

Works on Debian Lenny

Worked on Karmic for me -- RobertCollins

If you need daemon, then just add it to the install command:

sudo apt-get install hudson daemon

Worked fine in Jaunty for me and picked up the daemon dependency automatically - DanKlco

On Ubuntu: I followed all the steps above to install and then kicked off the .war file through "java -jar hudson.war", the server tries to come up with some "Severe: Failed to initialize Hudson", but at the end of this error log, it says "HTTP Listener started :port=8080". When I try to open the page, I get an error saying "Status Code 500". What am I doing wrong?

This above problem was fixed by installing a Tomcat webserver.

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After installing the hudson deb on Ubuntu server Jaunty 8.10, when I tried to run the init script /etc/init.d/hudson start, nothing would be printed and the server would not start. No log file was created under /var/log/hudson and no pid file was created under /var/run/hudson. I eventually discovered that if i set the hudson user's shell to /bin/bash instead of /bin/false in /etc/passwd everything works fine. Hope this saves someone else some trouble.

20090914_08:38:32CT:michael.prescott: Many weeks ago, I installed using the apt-get instructions described above. My build machine is configured to get updates periodically and several updates for Hudson come down since it was originally installed.  Perhaps it was two or 3 weeks ago a bad update came down and Hudson has been dead in the water since.  Thanks to the previous poster, changing /bin/false to bin/bash fixed the problem.  However, there is still a problem with updating now.  I assume the "source package" may no longer be available.  When I run sudo apt-get update, I receive the following error:

Reading package lists... Error!
E: Encountered a section with no Package: header
E: Problem with MergeList /var/lib/apt/lists/hudson-ci.org_debian_binary_Packages
E: The package lists or status file could not be parsed or opened.

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