Trying out BigCouch with Chef-Solo and Vagrant

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So the other day, I wanted to quickly check something in BigCouch and thanks to Vagrant, chef(-solo) and a couple cookbooks — courtesy of Cloudant — this was exceptionally easy.

As a matter of fact, I had BigCouch running and setup within literally minutes.

Here's how.

Requirements

You'll need git, Ruby, gems and Vagrant (along with Virtualbox) installed. If you need help with those items, I suggest you check out my previous blog post called Getting the most out of Chef with Scalarium and vagrant.

For operating system to use, I suggest you get a Ubuntu 10.04 box (aka Lucid).

Vagrant (along with Ruby and Virtualbox) is a one time setup which you can use and abuse for all kinds of things, so don't worry about the extra steps.

Setup

Clone the cookbooks in $HOME:

$ git clone http://github.com/cloudant/cloudant_cookbooks

Create a vagrant environement:

$ mkdir ~/bigcouch-test
$ cd ~/bigcouch-test
$ vagrant init

Setup ~/bigcouch-test/Vagrantfile:

Vagrant::Config.run do |config|
  config.vm.box = "base"
  config.vm.box_url = "http://files.vagrantup.com/lucid32.box"

  # Forward a port from the guest to the host, which allows for outside
  # computers to access the VM, whereas host only networking does not.
  # config.vm.forward_port "http", 80, 8080

  config.vm.provisioner = :chef_solo
  config.chef.cookbooks_path = "~/cloudant_cookbooks"
  config.chef.add_recipe "bigcouch::default"
end

Start the vm:

$ vagrant up

Use BigCouch

$ vagrant ssh
$ sudo /etc/init.d/bigcouch start
$ ps aux|grep [b]igcouch

Done. (You should see processes located in /opt/bigcouch.)

Fin

That's all — for an added bonus you could open BigCouch's ports on the VM use it from your host system because otherwise this is all a matter of localhost. See config.vm.forward_port in your Vagrantfile.

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