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Aeolus dev-tools

Use bootstrap.sh to setup a development environment for the Aeolus projects conductor, tim, and aeolus-cli, and to start up an instance of conductor. While useful to developers, it also provides the capability to quickly test various branches, tags, pull requests and ruby versions.

Quick Start

As a sudo-user on a host you want to install Aeolus on:

If you want to use system ruby:

# curl https://raw.github.com/aeolus-incubator/dev-tools/master/bootstrap.sh | /bin/bash -x
(lots of output here)

If you want to use a specific ruby version via rbenv:

# export RBENV_VERSION=1.9.3-p362; curl https://raw.github.com/aeolus-incubator/dev-tools/master/bootstrap.sh | /bin/bash -x
(lots of output here)

Note, if you do not have or do not wish to use sudo, you can still run bootstrap.sh assuming all needed dependencies are installed by defining "export HAVESUDO=0" beforehand.

Either of the above commands will work on: RHEL 6, Fedora 16/17/18, and Ubuntu 12.04/12.10. Note, for the local instance of Conductor to be fully functional, some env variables (described below) need to point to existing imagefactory/deltacloud instance URLs and an oauth.json credential. Otherwise, Conductor will still start up but won't be very usable.

The default bootstrap.sh behaviour includes creating a development environment and starting up Conductor on port 3000. To override these settings, set the relevant environment variables before running bootstrap.sh, e.g.:

export WORKDIR=/home/myuser/cloud-dev

There are other useful environment variables described further in this document, for example to point to existing deltacloud and/or image factory instances and/or to apply a pull request.

bootstrap.sh: Overview and Defaults

bootstrap.sh checks out and configures the three aforementioned Aeolus projects, configures conductor (including specifying a local sqlite database) and starts it up. There are a number of environment variables you may wish to define, otherwise they get the following defaults:

Parent dir where the dev-tools puppet code gets checked out to:


Parent dir where the projects conductor, aeolus-cli and tim get checked out to (by default same as above):


Port that Conductor gets started up on:


Which ruby to use to configure and start up conductor, via rbenv. It is undefined by default, meaning just use system ruby and not rbenv:


URL's to API's that conductor relies on, namely deltacloud and image factory. A valid oauth.json also may be specified, which contains credentials specific to your Image Factory instance.


Git tags, branches or commit hashes that are checked out: (even though the env variables are named "_BRANCH," a git tag or commit hash may be used)


By default no GitHub pull requests are defined. If you wish to apply a pull request to a given project, the pull request itself must be active and it must be specified as an integer:


Rather point to an existing deltacloud instance, the user can request that deltacloud is built from source with a given release tag and started locally:


The Development Environment

Running bootstrap.sh creates a development environment with the following directory structure:

  conductor/            # git checkout of https://github.com/aeolusproject/conductor
  aeolus-cli/           # git checkout of https://github.com/aeolusproject/aeolus-cli
  tim/                  # git checkout of https://github.com/aeolusproject/aeolus-image-rubygem
  deltacloud/           # only created if SETUP_LOCAL_DELTACLOUD_RELEASE is defined,
                        # a git checkout of a release from
                        # https://git-wip-us.apache.org/repos/asf?p=deltacloud.git

System dependencies (e.g., libxml2 to build the nokogiri gem) are installed via sudo, if necessary.

Once the script completes, you can open up another terminal (or use the same one), cd into your $WORKDIR and get to work. For instance, you could do:

$ cd $WORKDIR/conductor/src
$ bundle exec rake db:setup
$ bundle exec rake dc:create_admin_user
$ bundle exec rails s
(Just for illustration, bootstrap.sh already does the above during setup)

Note that if you are using rbenv (i.e. an $RBENV_VERSION was specified in bootstrap.sh), you will need to specify the same ruby in your terminal. See "Using rbenv" below.


Bundler is used to install needed Gemfile dependencies. For conductor, the --path used for "bundle install" is $WORKDIR/conductor/src/bundle (regardless of whether rbenv is used or not).

Using rbenv (optional)

If $RBENV_VERSION is defined when bootstrap.sh runs (e.g. $RBENV_VERSION=1.9.3-p362), rbenv will be installed (if necessary) in your home directory, and the specified ruby version will be built and installed therein.

No changes to your user's shell are made, intentionally. Rbenv users often update their shell behaviour, for example with:

$ echo 'export PATH="$HOME/.rbenv/bin:$PATH"' >> ~/.bash_profile
$ echo 'eval "$(rbenv init -)"' >> ~/.bash_profile
(from http://mifo.sk/rbenv-simple-ruby-managment-in-fedora)

Otherwise, one could also get all of the needed rbenv functionality by prepending /.rbenv/bin:/.rbenv/shims to one's current $PATH. For example:

$ export PATH=~/.rbenv/bin:~/.rbenv/shims:$PATH

With the path set as above, if the user is in a working directory where "rbenv local" was invoked to specify a ruby version (or had been set in one of its parent dirs, recursively), they will pick up that version which can be verified by "rbenv which ruby". What all of this means is that if the user has their path rbenv'ed, they will get the right version of ruby (the version that bootstrap.sh used, system or rbenv ruby) when they cd anywhere under $FACTER_AEOLUS_WORKDIR.

If you're not yet familiar to rbenv, the following is a quick illustration showing: how to see what ruby versions are available, how to set a global version (though bootstrap.sh does not do this or require it) and to see which version of ruby is currently set.

$ which ruby
$ rbenv which ruby
$ rbenv versions
$ rbenv global 1.9.3-p194
$ rbenv which ruby

The above also works well in an emacs shell. ;-)


bootstrap.sh makes heavy use of the puppet definitions within this repository to create and configure conductor, aeolus-cli, and tim.

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