Vagrant in Fedora

Nathanael Noblet nathanael at
Tue Sep 24 05:43:43 UTC 2013

On 09/23/2013 06:37 AM, Alexandre Drahon wrote:
> Hi all,
> I wanted to give an update on the status of Vagrant in Fedora 20, I 
> just realised it's my first post to the list so I'll take this 
> opportunity to introduce myself. I'm Alex, I work at Red Hat as a 
> Solution Architect (ie. nothing engineering related), I wrote the 
> vagrant-kvm plugin on my spare time to make it work on my Fedora 
> laptop, though there's now a (much more qualified) second maintainer 
> who is also providing support for Ubuntu through a PPA. Matthew asked 
> me if I wanted to work on packaging Vagrant and the KVM plugin for 
> Fedora 20, and I foolishly accepted ;)
> It's quite exhilarating having the opportunity to contribute to 
> Fedora, and at the same time I feel totally lost. I don't mean this as 
> a criticism, it's just this "first week at school" feeling, it will 
> take me some time to get an idea of how things work. That said, here's 
> the Vagrant situation:
> 1. I have a vagrant RPM that installs and works as expected, there's 
> some minimal patching involved which has to do with the fact that 
> Vagrant expect to be running in it's own Ruby 1.9.3 environment in /opt
> 2. There was also some patching involved to make the plugin system 
> work, although I haven't tested plugins extensively (some stuff breaks 
> like rubygems loading path) and providing common plugins as RPMs looks 
> like the better way in Fedora.
> 3. I had to build my own rubygems-childprocess (current Fedora package 
> is very old) and rubygems-log4r (not provided in Fedora) RPMs, but I 
> don't know how I should submit them (package review ticket?). There's 
> a existing ticket for log4r 
>, I added it as a 
> dependency to the Vagrant ticket.
> 4. I've packaged vagrant-kvm as a RPM and it installs, but I'm running 
> into serious issues with Policykit. I don't think I'll be able to 
> solve that without help, I'm not even sure what's the right way to do it.
> So, as a summary:
>  - yum install vagrant should work, at which point you need to install 
> VirtualBox and it will run as expected
>  - vagrant-kvm installs but I don't know how to add the right polkit 
> rules (I need help)
> Looks pretty good, right?

It does... Since some of the work needed to get this working requires 
packages that aren't in fedora already are you able to provide a link to 
a bunch of src.rpms of everything needed. I'd like to test and wanted to 
help with this feature awhile back but got sidetracked... However I 
don't have F20 running on anything so would likely use mock to compile 
for F18 and see if I can help resolve/test/do something like that.

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