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dda-managed-ide automatically installs & configures a fully set up IDE on a Linux system. Your setup will be reproducable and can be defined as data. Provisioning target may be a virtual machine but will work also on standalone systems.
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This crate works with:

  • pallet 0.9
  • clojure 1.9
  • xubuntu 18.04


This crate builds on top of the dda-managed-vm and therefore provides a development environment in addition to all the software packages and tools the dda-managed-vm installs.

Create a clojure ide in minutes

This crate automatically installs software on a Linux system. The target can be a standalone system but in most cases we prefer virtual machines as they offer snapshots and easy relocation.

We separated our configuration conventions in a layer called "domain-layer". As conventions are simple data-transformation adjusting this domain layer to your own conventions will be very easy.

The dda-managed-ide installs the following packages in addition to the packages of the managed-vm:

  • clojure
    • lein with profiles & credentials
  • java
    • custom jdk & gradle
  • java-script
    • custom nodejs, nvm & npm
  • python3
    • pybuilder
    • jupyterlab
  • devops
    • docker-host with configuration for bridge networking
    • aws-cli with simple credentials configuration
    • mfa tool
    • terraform
    • packer
    • aws-amicleaner
  • atom with plugins for
    • clojure language & repl
    • java language
    • terraform, packer, json
  • intellij
    • configure inodes for idea
    • cursive
    • pycharme
  • others
    • git with configuration
    • yed, argouml (uml / diagram)
    • dbvis (sql)
    • asciinema & animated gif generation
    • many more os-level tools like strace, iotop ...

Usage documentation

This crate installs and configures software on your target system. You can provision pre-created virtual machines (see paragraph "Prepare vm" below), standalone systems or cloud instances.

Prepare vm

There are two options to provision dda-managed-ide. You can provision remote over ssh or localy. In order to provision over ssh you need a running opennssh-server on your target. If you do not already have a running ssh service use the steps below to install it

  1. Install xubuntu18.04
  2. Login with your initial user and use:
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade
sudo apt-get install openssh-server

If you want to provision by a local jar file you need a java runtime environment installed on your target system. If you do not already have java installed you can follow the steps below to install it:

sudo apt-get install openjdk-11-jre-headless

Usage Summary

  1. Download the jar-file from the releases page of this repository (e.g. 'curl -L -o managed-ide.jar').
  2. Deploy the jar-file on the source machine
  3. Create the files 'example-ide.edn' (Domain-Schema for your desktop) and 'target.edn' (Schema for Targets to be provisioned) according to the reference and our example configurations. Please create them in the same folder where you have saved the jar-file. For more information about these files refer to the corresponding information below.
  4. Start the installation:
java -jar dda-managed-ide-standalone.jar.jar --targets example-targets.edn example-ide.edn

If you want to install the ide on your localhost you don't need a target config.

java -jar dda-managed-ide-standalone.jar.jar example-ide.edn


The configuration consists of two files defining both WHERE to install the software and WHAT to install.

  • 'example-targets.edn': describes on which target system(s) the software will be installed
  • 'example-ide.edn': describes which software/packages will be installed

You can download examples of these configuration files from example-targets.edn and example-ide.edn, respectively.

Targets config example

Example content of the file 'example-targets.edn':

{:existing [{:node-name "test-vm1"      ; semantic name
             :node-ip ""}] ; the ip4 address of the machine to be provisioned
 {:login "initial"                      ; account used to provision
  :password {:plain "secure1234"}}}     ; optional password, if no ssh key is authorized

IDE config example

Example content of the file, 'example-ide.edn':

{:target-type :virtualbox
 :clojure {:lein-auth [{:repo ""
                        :username {:plain "mvn-account"}
                        :password {:plain "mvn-password"}}]}
 :java {}
 :java-script {:nodejs-use "11.x"}
 :bigdata {}
 :devops {:aws {:simple {:id {:plain "ACCESS_KEY"}
                         :secret {:plain "SECRET_KEY"}}}}
 :ide-platform #{:atom}
 :user {:name "test-user"
        :password {:plain "xxx"}
        :email ""
        :ssh {:ssh-public-key {:plain "rsa-ssh kfjri5r8irohgn...test.key comment"}
        :ssh-private-key {:plain "123Test"}}}
        :gpg {:gpg-public-key
              {:plain "-----BEGIN PGP ...."
              {:plain "-----BEGIN PGP ...."}
              :gpg-passphrase {:plain "passphrase"}}}}

The ide config creates a new user with the provided credentials and installs the defined software and packages for the new user.

Watch log for debug reasons

In case any problems occur you may want to have a look at the log-file: 'less logs/pallet.log'


Some details about the architecture: We provide two levels of API. Domain is a high-level API with built-in conventions. If these conventions do not fit your needs you can use our low-level infra API and realize your own conventions.


You can define provisioning targets using the targets-schema

Domain API

You can use our conventions as a starting point: see domain reference

Infra API

Or you can build your own conventions using our low level infra API. We will keep this API backward compatible whenever possible: see infra reference


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