Vagrant in Fedora

Alex Drahon adrahon at
Tue Sep 24 12:27:31 UTC 2013

On Tue 24 Sep 2013 06:43:43 BST, Nathanael Noblet wrote:
> 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.

I'll post a link to the srpms as soon as I find a place to post them. 
Thanks for the help!


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