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Webmaker Suite bootstrap/installation script

Prerequisites: see the "general requirements" section below.

Step 1: Clone this repo

Step 2: open a terminal in the repo's directory and run node install-webmaker

Step 3: Go make some coffee, this'll run for a while...

After installation completes, the whole suite can be fired up with node run. Note that this will pipe all output from everything into the same console, so this is great for not-looking-at-the-terminal testing, but not a good idea for doing single-component terminal debugging.

Script options

install the suite

node install-webmaker can take several runtime options:

  1. --username=...
  2. --s3key=...
  3. --s3secret=...

These do the obvious thing. If you do not use these, and do not have an .env file (which initially you won't), you will be prompted for them during the bootstrap phase, after npm install for the webmaker-suite package itself finishes.

If you do not provide legal s3 credentials, the tools will fall back to localhost publishing instead. Simply hit enter when prompted for the the s3 key and secret if you don't have, or want to use, real S3 AWS credentials.

  1. --skipclone
  2. --skipnpm

these will skip the cloning and npm install processes, respectively, in case you need to only run certain parts of the installer.

update the suite

node update-webmaker will update all repositories to their current master branch. It effectively runs the following commands for each repository:

  1. git fetch mozilla
  2. git checkout -B master mozilla/master
  3. git submodule sync
  4. git submodule update --init --recursive
  5. rm -rf node_modules
  6. npm install
  7. npm cache clean

node run

node run will run all apps in the webmaker suite. It can take two runtime options:

  1. --noes
  2. --nomongo
  3. --exclude=[comma separated list of names]

The --exclude flag takes a comma separated list of app names that should not be started up. If you wish to test only the MakeAPI, for instance, you could issue node run --exclude=goggles,thimble,popcorn,login,, Note that, for convenience, app names that are of the form "" can be excluded using only the "xyz" part of the name.

These mostly exist to prevent double-starts for elastic search and mongodb, if you already run these on your machine, since node run will try to fire these up for you.

Browser locations

When running the suite, the following locations are available:

  • http://localhost:3000 -
  • http://localhost:3500 -
  • http://localhost:5000 - makeapi
  • http://localhost:5050 -
  • http://localhost:7777 -
  • http://localhost:8888 -
  • http://localhost:12416 -

General requirements

Webmaker-Suite on Windows

Windows users need to install these two things first (in order):

  1. Microsoft Visual Studio C++ 2010 Express,
  2. For Windows 7 x64 (which obviously you're on), the Windows 7 64-bit SDK,

(Without this VC++ stack, the node-gyp compiler will crash the npm install process when it gets to sqlite3 and tries to build it without having access to the windows C++ compiler and header files. Since several apps rely on sqlite3 for localhost work, you need these).

Also, if you're on windows, MongoDB and Elastic Search require manual installation, which means putting them in their own folders and extending your PATH:

MongoDB on Windows

Download mongodb as a zipfile, create a MongoDB folder for it in your program files folder, and copy mongo.exe, mongod.exe etc. into it. Then add the MongoDB folder to your PATH variable (in windows 7, that's control panel -> system -> advanced system settings -> environment variables -> system variables section).

Elastic Search on Windows

Download elastic search, create a folder C:\elastisearch (I am not kidding, ES has the worst restrictions), and unpack the .zip package into it. Elastic Search requires Java, so if you don't have that install, grab the most recent JDK and install it. Then symlink the jdk dir as c:\java. Again, I am not joking; ES died on spaces anywhere. To do this, open a cmd box with administrative rights, to go C:\ and type:

C:\> mklink /D java "c:\Program Files (x86)\Java\jdk1.6.0_17"

(to remove that at some longer point, simply delete the C:\java dir. It will unlink, rather than delete your jdk files)

Also add C:\elasticsearch\bin to your PATH variable.

Webmaker-Suite on OSX

You will need the X-Code command line utilities. These are free through Apple's developer appstore. You will also want brew, which is a package manager for OSX.

With these, install mongodb and elasticsearch using brew, and you should be all set. Convenient!

(If you elect to run these on startup, you will want to make sure to use node run --noes --nomongo when you use the suite runner, or run.js will try to double-start ES and MongoDB)

OSX and MongoDB

Mongodb may have told itself to log to a file, instead of to the console. If it has, starting mongod will show you a single line of output stating where it's logging to. If this is all you see when you start up Mongo, open its config file by typing the command vi usr/local/etc/mongod.conf, and remove the logging instruction in that file (cursor-navigate to an offending line, then press d twice to delete it. To save and quite, type :, then wq, then hit enter). You should now get normal console output when running mongod, which is essential for the webmaker-suite to run.

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