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SolarNetwork Development

Development support for SolarNetwork:

Folder structure:

  • ./bin - common installation scripts
  • ./eclipse - Eclipse IDE configuration files
  • ./vagrant - Vagrant VM configurations

For full documentation refer to the Developer Guide.

Once you've installed the development environment either locally or using vagrant, in Eclipse import the SolarNetworkTeamProjectSet.psf that has been generated in the workspace.

Local installation



From the command line go into bin directory and run the ./ script to:

  • checkout the git repositories
  • setup the eclipse workspace
  • set up the PostgreSQL database


cd ~/solarnet-dev/bin
./ ~/solarnet-workspace

Vagrant VM

This process will work on Windows, Linux or OSX operating systems.


From the command line go into the vagrant/solarnet-dev directory and run the command: vagrant up.

cd ~/solarnet-dev/vagrant/solarnet-dev
vagrant up

The default installation uses a minimal fluxbox desktop environment and limited system resources. These can be overridden using by creating a file named Vagrantfile.local along side the default Vagrantfile which allows the following setting to be overridden:

Name Default Description
vm_define solarnet the unique ID that identifies the VM that is generated
vm_name SolarNet Dev the user friendly name of the VM
basebox_name ubuntu/artful64 the name/id of the vagrant base box to create the VM from
no_of_cpus 1 the number of virtual CPUs
memory_size 2048 the memory to assign to the VM
postgres_version 9.6 the version of PostgreSQL to install
java_version 8 the version of java to install
git_branch develop the git branch to checkout
git_repos build external common central node the SolarNetwork repos to checkout
desktop_packages xorg xserver-xorg-legacy fluxbox virtualbox-guest-dkms pgadmin3 can be used to override fluxbox as the desktop

You can change git_repos to include SolarDRAS by adding dras to the default value.

Examples for the desktop_packages variable include:

  • virtualbox-guest-dkms virtualbox-guest-additions-iso virtualbox-guest-utils ubuntu-desktop --no-install-recommends
  • virtualbox-guest-dkms virtualbox-guest-additions-iso virtualbox-guest-utils xubuntu-desktop --no-install-recommends
  • virtualbox-guest-dkms virtualbox-guest-additions-iso lubuntu-desktop

An example Vagrantfile.local file looks like this:

vm_define = "solarnet-bionic"
vm_name = "SolarNet Bionic"
basebox_name = "ubuntu/bionic64"
postgres_version = 10

OS customization

You can create a local-root folder next to the Vagrantfile and place any files you'd like to copy into the VM. They will be copied as the root user and folders will be preserved.

For example, you can adjust the screen size of the VM by creating a local-root/etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/10-monitor.conf file as outlined in the screen resolution section of the setup guide.