DevStack woes

DevStack is meant to be a three step “get me an openstack dev environment” thing. You’re meant to be able to grab a fresh installation of something like Ubuntu 12.04 or Fedora and “git clone $foo && cd devstack && ./”, wait a while and then be able to launch instances.

This much does work.

What does not work is being able to ssh to those instances. The networking is completely and utterly broken. I have tried both Ubuntu and Fedora in a fresh VM (KVM, on an Ubuntu host) and have asked a variety of experts for help. No dice.

What I want to hear is a way to remotely get it going locally, in a VM.

At the moment I’m tempted to submit a pull request to the devstack website adding a 4th step of “muck around for a few days before giving up on ever being able to ssh into a launched instance as these instructions are wrong”.

VirtualBox 2.1.0 (and OpenSolaris 2008.11)

Upgraded VirtualBox and booted up my OpenSolaris VM. VirtualBox 2.1.0 finally fixes the bug where if was in resolv.conf on the host – no DNS for you in the guest (unless in the guest you were running a DNS server).

Haven’t tried it yet… but OpenGL Accelleration makes at least a checkbox appearance in VirtualBox 2.1…. so that could be rather awesome.

Going a lot better with OpenSolaris 2008.11 than previous releases.. It looks like it might be quite easy to get to the stage of building Drizzle on it.

Just figured out how to change to Dvorak! Yay, I can type again! (Go to Input Methods preference panel and add US/DVORAK as a language, move it to the top, and enable the input method application and do it that way).

Currently installing sunstudioexpress. Why not gcc? I’m pretty sure the version in OpenSolaris is still ancient (so won’t build drizzle) and Sun Studio does produce different warnings (which indicate real bugs in a bunch of cases).

Things I wish were packaged: latest protobufs, latest bzr, gcc 4.x