I wrote a little bash script that will install all the necessary packages for Ubuntu 16.04/18.04 to get phBot working. It is meant to bring a new VPS up to date and is not for anyone running Ubuntu on their desktop.

Just run this command on a new install:

wget -q https://cdn.projecthax.com/ubuntu && bash ubuntu

Script contents:


if [[ $EUID -ne 0 ]]; then
	echo 'In order for this script to run correctly, it must be run as root'
	exit 1

read -r -p "This script is intended to be run on a fresh install of Ubuntu 16.04/18.04 x64, do you wish to proceed? [y/N] " response
if [[ "$response" =~ ^([yY][eE][sS]|[yY])+$ ]]; then
	# Update the system
	echo '> Updating the system'
	sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade -y && sudo apt dist-upgrade -y && sudo apt autoremove -y && sudo apt install -y software-properties-common fail2ban unattended-upgrades p7zip-full curl lsb-release

	# Wine repository
	echo '> Adding the Wine repository'
	curl https://dl.winehq.org/wine-builds/winehq.key | apt-key add -
	apt-add-repository "deb https://dl.winehq.org/wine-builds/ubuntu/ $(lsb_release -c --short) main"

	# Wine
	echo '> Installing wine and desktop environment'
	sudo add-apt-repository -y ppa:cybermax-dexter/sdl2-backport
	sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386 && sudo apt update && sudo apt install -y wine-stable winetricks lxde-core lxterminal xrdp

	# Add the phBot user
	echo '> Adding the phBot user'
	sudo useradd phBot -s /bin/bash -m -G users,sudo
	sudo passwd phBot

	# Change the X session for xrdp
	sudo -H -u phBot echo lxsession -s LXDE -e LXDE > /home/phBot/.xsession
	sudo sed -i.bak '/fi/a #xrdp multiple users configuration \n lxsession \n' /etc/xrdp/startwm.sh

	# vcrun2013
	echo '> Installing vcrun2013 / corefonts'
	sudo -H -u phBot winetricks -q vcrun2013 corefonts

	# Stable
	echo '> Downloading phBot stable'
	BOT_VERSION=`curl -L http://cdn.phbot.org/stable/update.txt | python3 -c 'import json,sys;obj=json.load(sys.stdin);print(obj["phBot.exe"]["version"])'`
	sudo -H -u phBot curl -L http://cdn.phbot.org/stable/$BOT_VERSION.zip > /home/phBot/stable.zip
	sudo -H -u phBot mkdir -p /home/phBot/Desktop/stable/
	sudo -H -u phBot 7za -y x /home/phBot/stable.zip -o/home/phBot/Desktop/stable/
	rm -f /home/phBot/stable.zip

	# Testing
	echo '> Downloading phBot testing'
	BOT_VERSION=`curl -L http://cdn.phbot.org/testing/update.txt | python3 -c 'import json,sys;obj=json.load(sys.stdin);print(obj["phBot.exe"]["version"])'`
	sudo -H -u phBot curl -L http://cdn.phbot.org/testing/$BOT_VERSION.zip > /home/phBot/testing.zip
	sudo -H -u phBot mkdir -p /home/phBot/Desktop/testing/
	sudo -H -u phBot 7za -y x /home/phBot/testing.zip -o/home/phBot/Desktop/testing/
	rm -f /home/phBot/testing.zip

	# Swap less often
	sudo echo 'vm.swappiness=1' >> /etc/sysctl.conf

	echo '> After the reboot connect to the server through Remote Desktop Connection with the username phBot and the password you have chosen'
	echo '> Open the stable or testing folder on the desktop and run phBot.exe like normal'

	exit 1

If you have problems with small fonts, run winecfg and increase the DPI to 120.


Updated for Ubuntu 18.04 and should work on newer releases as well. Tested at DigitalOcean.

Updated for Wine 5.0. Some libraries were missing for faudio. It may no longer work on Ubuntu 16.04, but there’s no reason to use that version anymore.

Confirmed working on Ubuntu 22.04 amd64.

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