July 15, 2013

Vundler: Dead easy plugin management for Vagrant

UPDATE (23 JUL 2013): Vundler has been renamed to Bindler! Vagrant’s plugin “ecossystem” just keep growing and recently there has been a lot of interest on having an easy way for managing project’s specific plugin dependencies to avoid Dependency Hell and / or to reduce the amount of steps someone has to take when joining an ongoing project. There are at least 4 issues on Vagrant’s issue tracker (#1874, #1789, #1700 and #1574) and one initiative by @tknerr to solve the problem. Read more

June 10, 2013

Improving vagrant-lxc boxes

So I’ve played with Docker once again and have been looking around its codebase to find out how things work over there. Even though I’ve never wrote a single line of Go, it gave me some interesting insights about LXC itself and about packing up containers which influenced heavily the “next generation” vagrant-lxc base boxes and the upcoming work I have in mind for the provider. Starting with V3 boxes, vagrant-lxc will introduce a better approach for building base boxes and will also simplify the process of “promoting” existing containers to base vagrant boxes. Read more

May 24, 2013

Stop wasting bandwidth with vagrant-cachier

If you have done any kind of Puppet manifests / Chef cookbooks development using Vagrant chances are that you’ve been staring at your screen waiting for the machine to be provisioned for really long periods of time, specially when you need to destroy the VM and start over. A while ago I came across this gist which solves part of the issue by caching downloaded packages on the host machine and sharing them among similar VM instances. Read more

April 28, 2013

LXC provider for Vagrant

UPDATE: This post is likely to be out of date, please see this post for more It’s been nearly 2 months since I open sourced my “not so pretty” initial spike and announced on Vagrant’s mailing list that I was going to work on this. By that time, Vagrant 1.1 wasn’t even released yet and it was a long way to get where it is now. Almost two weeks after “releasing” the spike, Vagrant 1. Read more

January 22, 2013

Announcing letter_opener_web 1.0

One of the things I missed the most after going 100% on Vagrant was the ability to preview Rails apps sent mails on my browser. I got used to the awesome letter_opener gem which depends on launchy to fire up a new browser window with the email preview instead of sending. As launchy on its own wouldn’t be able to open up a browser window on the host machine from the guest box, I started to look around for alternatives and wasn’t able to find something else that worked for me. Read more

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