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Vagrant Baseline

Core: Dev sandbox with batteries included

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The idea is to provide a simple dev box with tools.

Sometimes you want to play with a project, which leads you to install a lot of stuff on your computer and the filesystem gets messy. Your computer turn out to be slow booting up, because it is loading a database that you never use. Maybe you want to try out a language but it requires you to install all the libraries and compilers.

Now you can mess up all the files in your dev box, and discard when you think it is to messy.

Table of contents


  • vagrant (which means ruby and VirtualBox)
  • Internet connection
  • An updated base box with the puppet 3.1.0

If you don't know what a base box is, relax. Vagrant will download one for you on the first time you run the commands. It is around 350Mb. If you don't know how to update a base box, take a look on the Vagrantfile. There is a link were you can find a updated box.

At first, the setup will download the required packages and it will take a while depending of your connection. It builds a cache on your local machine, under ~/.vagrant.d/cache/apt/precise, so on the next build the bootstrap time becomes much smaller.

The cache is only directed to the .deb packages. It still compiles some packages from scratch. (e.g: ruby, redis)


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Current environments

You can combine any of those names on the provision_name, but it must be a valid hostname

Name Provides Extra information
clojure lein latest stable version includes java 7
couchdb 1.3.1 + erlang R15B port: 5984 listen on:
docker latest from
dots setup dot files
elixir 0.11.2 includes latest erlang
erlang latest from
go 1.5.2
gradle 1.9
groovy 2.2.1
haskell haskell-platform from ubuntu's repo
io Latest io deb from io website
java 7 + maven 3.1.1 + ant 1.9.2
lua 5.2 + luarocks
mongo latest from 10_gen repo port: 27017
nodejs latest from ppa:chris.lea
postgresql 9.3 + devel package username: postgres password: postgres
prolog latest from ppa:swi-prolog/stable
python 2.7 + pip and virtualenv
rabbitmq latest from official apt repo port: 5672
racket 5.02 (January 2014)
redis 2.8.2 (from ppa:chris.lea) port: 6379
ruby rbenv + ruby 2.0
ruby193 rbenv + ruby 1.9.3
rust 0.8
scala 2.10.3 + sbt 0.13.0 includes java 7
sml smlnj 110.76
zeromq 4.0.3

Extending an already booted box

Baseline commes with a command to provision more of the supported environment from inside the box. Use the provision command to do so.

vagrant ssh
vagrant@vagrant $ provision redis lua

Using your own dotfiles

By default the manifest privison my own dotfiles ( when you ask for it. You can change puppet/config.yaml to point to your dotfiles and have it loaded up.

baseline up redis dots

There a minor considerations to use your own dotfiles:

  • It must be a git repo
  • It must contain an excutable file called in the root of your repo. It will be called to setup your dotfiles configurations.
  • To make sure it doesn't run everytime you turn your vagrant on, add this to the end of the file:
touch $HOME/.baseline_dotfiles

After making sure you have all the requirements in place, change on the file puppet/config.yaml to point to your repo.

Setting ZSH as the default shell

To set zsh as the default shell for your user, change the option under puppet/config.yaml.

Working with multiple VMs

Vagrant's configuration allows you to either use a single vm environments or use multiple. Sometimes you want to try out some other stack while still keeping the current one you are using. Or test networking with different stacks. Toggling the enviroment variable use_default_box, baseline will allow you to bootstrap multiple machines or a single machine.

host_name=dots-nodejs use_default_box=false vagrant up
host_name=dots-nodejs use_default_box=false vagrant ssh
host_name=mongo use_default_box=false vagrant up
host_name=mongo use_default_box=false vagrant destroy
host_name=dots-nodejs use_default_box=false vagrant destroy

Extending with your own puppet scripts

Sometimes you will want to try out some different modules that are not currently in the project, or will want to set up a webserver for the project you are writing and have it configured and deployed with your project. Or maybe you just want to have some packages installed, or removed.

You can achieve that extending the project using the puppet/custom folder. There is an example file to guide you in the path to extend your vagrant machine.


When building puppet scripts, a verbose output can help. In those cases we provide the DEBUG variable to increase the output, show debug messages and create dependency graphs

DEBUG=1 host_name=redis vagrant up