A how-to on setting
up and configuring Mystic BBS on Linux Mint
This is actually really easy to do, and should work on any flavor of
Linux. This is all going to be command-line driven, so pay
Written by maskreet 1/22/2020
Some required software might be zip
You can install these by opening a terminal
sudo apt get zip unzip
An invaluable source for all things Mystic related:
Okay! First, download either the Linux 32 or 64bit version of Mystic,
depending on your Linux install.
- Open a terminal, and navigate to where it was downloaded,
[ TIP: ~/ is a shortcut to your logged in
user's home directory, the full path would be /home/<your
unzip <name of Mystic zip file> -d
- Change to the temp directory
- Start the installer
[ TIP: ./ in front of an executable just
means "run this executable-type file from the current
- The default install directory should be /mystic.
Hit F2 to start the install.
- When it's finished installing and you have the prompt back,
chown -R username:username /mystic
replacing username:username with
the username and group (usually the same as the username) you're
logged in with and plan to run Mystic under.
This will change ownership from root to your logged in user.
chmod -R 755 /mystic
This will change read/write permissions in the Mystic directory
so Mystic can function correctly.
- NOTE: If you plan on running Mystic on a privileged port, meaning anything under port
1024, you'll need to allow your current user to do
this. Otherwise, if you're not, you can skip this step.
setcap 'cap_net_bind_service=+ep' /mystic/mis
- Create the sysop account by typing:
Run through the new user account setup, create the account, then
- In the terminal, type:
- Navigate to the User Editor,
open it up, and select the account you just created. Hit CTRL-U, and select level 255. Hit ESC a few times to leave
Now to start Mystic. It can either be run graphically, so you can
see everything going on, or headless (daemon), which means it'll run
in the background.
- For graphical:
- For daemon:
And that's it! Feel free to play around in the config. There's a lot
of options, too many to cover in this simple how-to. Check the
Mystic wiki for info!