Creating a Vagrant Box with Debian Lenny 32, rvm and Ruby 1.9.3

As an addition to the excellent beta book ‘Deploying Rails’, as I had problems using the suggested lucid64 image, I’ve tried to install a debian lenny 32 image with rvm and Ruby 1.9.3.

The steps needed are listed below


  1. Download the lenny package:
    localhost$ vagrant box add debian-lenny-32
  2. Make a new directory for the virtual box:
    localhost$ mkdir -p ~/deployingrails/lenny32
  3. change into created directory and create the Vagrant file:
    localhost$ cd ~/deployingrails/lenny32
    vagrant init
  4. change the Vagrant file to use the virtual box we have downloaded: do |config| = "lenny32"
  5. Start the VM:
    localhost$ vagrant up
  6. If there is a warning about the Guest additions here install the latest guest additions by following the description here, but only use the update and upgrade steps as:
    localhost$ vagrant ssh
    vagrant$ sudo apt-get update
    vagrant$ sudo apt-get upgrade
  7. After finishing the upgrade logout (exit) from the VM and issue the command to restart the VM:
    localhost$ vagrant reload
  8. login to the VM again:
    localhost$ vagrant ssh
  9. Install curl to be able to download the installation script for:
    vagrant$ sudo apt-get install curl
  10. Download and install rvm by using the script described here :
    vagrant$ bash -s stable < <(curl -s
  11. Add the loading of the RVM function into .bashrc, by running the following in the command prompt:
    vagrant$ echo '[[ -s "$HOME/.rvm/scripts/rvm" ]] && . "$HOME/.rvm/scripts/rvm" # Load RVM function' >> ~/.bashrc
  12. Reload the bashrc file:
    vagrant$ source ~/.bashrc
  13. Make sure that the rvm is loaded as function:
    vagrant$ type rvm | head -1
    rvm is a function
  14. Run the rvm requirement to see the needed libraries and then run the suggested ones (except libreadline6 and libreadline6-dev that are not there in debian):
    vagrant$ sudo apt-get install build-essential openssl curl git-core zlib1g zlib1g-dev libssl-dev libyaml-dev libsqlite3-0 libsqlite3-dev sqlite3 libxml2-dev libxslt-dev autoconf libc6-dev ncurses-dev automake libtool bison
  15. Install Ruby 1.9.3 :
    vagrant$ rvm install ruby-1.9.3
  16. Use the ruby 1.9.3 as default:
    vagrant$ rvm use 1.9.3 --default
  17. Finally create a new VM package to use in future:
    localhost$ vagrant package --output lenny32-rvm-ruby193
  18. And add it our box list:

    localhost$ vagrant box add lenny32-rvm-ruby193 lenny32-rvm-ruby193
    localhost$ vagrant box list