Development Environment

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Development Environment

Most eBox developers use KVM + libvirt to manage their virtual machines were ebox is developed. The easiest way to create a clean Ubuntu Hardy image is vmbuilder:

$ sudo vmbuilder kvm ubuntu --suite hardy --ip --gw --dns \
  --hostname ebox --domain localdomain --mirror http://ftp.heanet.ie/pub/ubuntu/ -d ebox-hardy --ppa ebox-unstable \
  --libvirt qemu:///system --debug -o --tmpfs -

Note that if you want to develop with trunk (1.5), it is based on Ubuntu Lucid instead of Hardy, so you will need to create a lucid VM changing the value of the --suite option.

Once inside, we install some handy tools.

$ sudo apt-get install zsh sshfs vim less screen ssh

And eBox itself, from ebox-unstable PPA:

$ sudo -s
# export DEBIAN_FRONTEND=noninteractive
# apt-get install -q -y --force-yes '^ebox-.*'

We create our user in the new system:

$ sudo adduser bencer
$ sudo adduser bencer admin
$ sudo adduser bencer fuse
$ sudo vim /etc/fuse.conf (we enable user_allow_other)

Finally we mount our host $HOME inside of the development virtual machine using sshfs:

$ sshfs bencer@ /home/bencer -o workaround=all -o allow_root -nonempty
$ chsh -s /bin/zsh


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