A Virtual Machine for Ruby on Rails Core Development
This project automates the setup of a development environment for working on Ruby on Rails itself. Use this virtual machine to work on a pull request with everything ready to hack and run the test suites.
Please note this virtual machine is not designed to be used for Rails application development.
How To Build The Virtual Machine
Building the virtual machine is this easy:
host $ git clone https://github.com/rails/rails-dev-box.git host $ cd rails-dev-box host $ vagrant up
If the base box is not present that command fetches it first. The setup itself takes about 3 minutes in my MacBook Air. After the installation has finished, you can access the virtual machine with
host $ vagrant ssh Welcome to Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (GNU/Linux 3.2.0-23-generic-pae i686) ... vagrant@rails-dev-box:~$
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
Ruby 2.0.0 (binary RVM install)
SQLite3, MySQL, and Postgres
System dependencies for nokogiri, sqlite3, mysql, mysql2, and pg
Databases and users needed to run the Active Record test suite
Node.js for the asset pipeline
The recommended workflow is
edit in the host computer and
test within the virtual machine.
Just clone your Rails fork in the very directory of the Rails development box in the host computer:
host $ ls README.md Vagrantfile puppet host $ git clone email@example.com:<your username>/rails.git
Vagrant mounts that very directory as /vagrant within the virtual machine:
vagrant@rails-dev-box:~$ ls /vagrant puppet rails README.md Vagrantfile
so we are ready to go to edit in the host, and test in the virtual machine.
This workflow is convenient because in the host computer you normally have your editor of choice fine-tuned, Git configured, and SSH keys in place.
Virtual Machine Management
When done just log out with
^D 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.