How to run metatrader 4 in Ubuntu 12.04 with Linode server

2013-07-28 381 words 2 mins read

I decided to run metatrader in my linode server because Windows VPS is very expensive.

After a few hours' work, I succeeded.

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1. Install wine on Ubuntu
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-wine/ppa

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install wine

2. copy files from windows system to Ubuntu system.
Upload C:\windows\Fonts\*.* to /home/USERNAME/.wine/drive_c/windows/Fonts Upload C:\windows\system32\mfc*.* to /home/USERNAME/.wine/drive_c/windows/system32

3. Install gnome to my linode server.
sudo apt-get install x-window-system-core

sudo apt-get install gnome-core

4. Install vncserver
sudo apt-get install vnc4server

Then download a vnc clent application in windows system. I use UltraVNC Viewer

5. Make vncserver auto start with my linux server boot. Start gnome as well.

Use winscp to make a new file on /etc/init.d/vncserver

cp the following code to the file
#!/bin/sh -e
# Provides:          vncserver
# Required-Start:    networking
# Default-Start:     3 4 5
# Default-Stop:      0 6


# The Username:Group that will run VNC

# The display that VNC will use

# Color depth (between 8 and 32)

# The Desktop geometry to use.

# The name that the VNC Desktop will have.

OPTIONS="-name ${NAME} -depth ${DEPTH} -geometry ${GEOMETRY} :${DISPLAY}"

. /lib/lsb/init-functions

case "$1" in
log_action_begin_msg "Starting vncserver for user '${USER}' on localhost:${DISPLAY}"
su ${USER} -c "/usr/bin/vncserver ${OPTIONS}"

log_action_begin_msg "Stoping vncserver for user '${USER}' on localhost:${DISPLAY}"
su ${USER} -c "/usr/bin/vncserver -kill :${DISPLAY}"

$0 stop
$0 start

exit 0

Change /home/ACOUNTNAMETORUNMT/.vnc/xstartup file as below

# Uncomment the following two lines for normal desktop:
# exec /etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc

[ -x /etc/vnc/xstartup ] && exec /etc/vnc/xstartup
[ -r $HOME/.Xresources ] && xrdb $HOME/.Xresources
xsetroot -solid grey
vncconfig -iconic &
# x-terminal-emulator -geometry 80x24+10+10 -ls -title "$VNCDESKTOP Desktop" &
# x-window-manager &
gnome-session --session=gnome-classic &

6 Use UltraVNC Viewer to login the Ubuntu system. Use wine to run the metatrader setup.exe to install.

Meet "access denied" error. It's because wine installed in root but the program run in Accountnametorunmt. Google wine wiki to find the solution:
sudo chown -R $USER:$USER .wine

OK! Metatrader can be run on cheap linode server now.

If you want to auto start metatrader to run Expert Advisor when the server reboot.

Just configure the app on startup in Gnome. That's all.


Authored By Jesse Lau

A freelancer living in New Zealand, engaged in website development and program trading. Ever won 1st ranking twice in the Dukascopy Strategy Contest. This article is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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