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A Vagrant VM for GRUG Projects


This project automates the setup of a development environment for general Ruby on Rails application development. It is particularly bootstrapped to support projects for the Golden Ruby User Group (GRUG).

Inspired by the book "Deploying Rails" and fxn's rails-dev-box and based off of "Amaia Castro's Rails Starter Box".


Download and install both of these.

How To Build The Virtual Machine

Building the virtual machine is this easy:

host $ git clone
host $ cd grug-starter-box
host $ git submodule update --init
host $ vagrant up

If the base box is not present that command fetches it first.

NOTE: This will take a while the first time!

How To Access The Virtual Machine

host $ vagrant ssh
Welcome to Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (GNU/Linux 3.2.0-23-generic-pae i686)

Port 3000 in the host computer is forwarded to port 3000 in the virtual machine. Thus, applications running in the virtual machine can be accessed via localhost:3000 in the host computer.

What's In The Box

  • Git

  • SQLite3, MySQL, Postgres and MongoDB

  • RVM (with ruby 1.9.3 and 2.0.0 installed)

  • Bundler, Rails and Rake gems for both rubies

  • Projects folder that includes these GRUG projects:

Setting up a Project

To start using one of the projects, you'll need to:

  1. (optionally) fork the repo from Github
    1. visit the project (URL above) and fork it to your own Github account
    2. reset the remote on the project to your forked repo
  2. use one of the rvm gemsets
  3. run Bundler
  4. optionally start up Rails

I.E. to start coding on the DDD Sample App using your own fork:

Let's assume your fork is at:

host $ cd projects/ddd_sample_app_ruby
host $ git remote set-url origin git://
host $ git pull
host $ vagrant ssh
vagrant@grug-starter-box:~$ cd /vagrant/projects/ddd_sample_app_ruby
vagrant@grug-starter-box:/vagrant/projects/ddd_sample_app_ruby$ rvm use 2.0.0@grug
vagrant@grug-starter-box:/vagrant/projects/ddd_sample_app_ruby$ bundle
vagrant@grug-starter-box:/vagrant/projects/ddd_sample_app_ruby$ rails server

You can then access the Rails server via localhost:3000 from your host machine.

I.E. to start coding on the Camping app without a fork:

host $ cd projects/camping
host $ git pull
host $ vagrant ssh
vagrant@grug-starter-box:~$ cd /vagrant/projects/camping
vagrant@grug-starter-box:/vagrant/projects/camping$ rvm use 2.0.0@grug
vagrant@grug-starter-box:/vagrant/projects/camping$ bundle
vagrant@grug-starter-box:/vagrant/projects/camping$ rspec
vagrant@grug-starter-box:/vagrant/projects/camping$ cucumber

Recommended Workflow

The recommended workflow is

  • edit files in the host computer (wherever you did the git clone)

  • run within the virtual machine (mounted files are in /vagrant)

You can keep one terminal open that is SSH'd into your vagrant VM and one terminal open that has your code changes for git management.

Virtual Machine Management

When done just log out with and suspend the virtual machine

host $ vagrant suspend

then, resume to hack again

host $ vagrant resume


host $ vagrant halt

to shutdown the virtual machine, and

host $ vagrant up

to boot it again.

You can find out the state of a virtual machine anytime by invoking

host $ vagrant status

Finally, to completely wipe the virtual machine from the disk destroying all its contents:

host $ vagrant destroy # DANGER: all is gone

Please check the Vagrant documentation for more information on Vagrant.

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