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Basic Raybeam Vagrant Box

This is a very basic Vagrant box developed as a foundation for Raybeam projects. It includes:

  • build-essential
  • ruby 2.0
  • redis
  • postgres + header files
  • mysql + header files
  • bundler

This box is far from complete. Please raise issues with things you'd like to see or, better yet, add it yourself and create a pull request.


  1. Get Vagrant

  2. Spin up the box

vagrant up

Copying to your project

You can just copy the Vagrantfile to the root of your project and make a few changes described in the Configuration section below


A very basic configuration is already available. You could actually just work off of that, but the things you'll probably want to change are:

###The VM name

Default: rb_base


['modifyvm', :id, '--name',         'rb_base']

###The shared directory location on the VM

Default: /bi/rb_base


  config.vm.share_folder 'vshared', '/bi/rb_base', '.', :extra => 'dmode=770,fmode=770'

###Change the provisioning instructions See below for more info. If you're copying to your own project, you can delete the provision line or point it to some custom shell setup you have. Switch to chef-solo if you want, I don't care, it's your stupid project. Geez!

Default: shell provisioner


config.vm.provision :shell, :path => ''

This is a really simple shell provisioner for this box. It's instructions for how this box was built from a blank lucid32 box. It's set not to take a bunch of time installing things that are already there, but you actually don't need it at all.

You should really just delete the entire file and use it to add libraries or configurations that you need. You could also just do away with the shell provisioning line in the Vagrantfile altogether and switch to chef-solo or something.


  1. Clone this
  2. If you make changes to the file, make sure you've tested it
  3. Make sure installations that take a long time don't run if they're already present
  4. Create a pull request
  5. Once I've built the VM and uploaded it, I'll merge the pull request