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08 December 2014

Packaging Up A Vert.X App

This is a work in progress... After @sigil66's tech talk at Boundary, I've been inspired to try to understand packaging and how to use packaging to deploy my software.

This is an application written in JRuby running on the Vert.X platform - so this will be an exploration around deploying a Vert.X application (which there is not a ton of documentation on, in any case...)

My Vagrantfile

I'm experimenting with all this on a Vagrant image - for now using Chef Server (on the OpsCode free plan). It's pretty vanilla, the only thing "fancy" at all would be mounting in my directory full of packages I've been building:

config.vm.synced_folder "#{ENV['HOME']}/code/obsidian-packages/", "/src/packages", :nfs => true

Package Vert.X

Run from the packages directory

This was done on my dev system - so Vert.X was installed at /Users/litch/bin/vert.x-2.1.2

$ fpm -s dir -t deb -n vertxpackages -a noarch \
  -C /Users/litch -f \
  ./bin/vert.x-2.1.2/sys-mods=/usr/share/vertx/ \
  ./bin/vert.x-2.1.2/conf/ \
  ./bin/vert.x-2.1.2/conf/ \
  ./code/UnlimitedJCEPolicyJDK8/US_export_policy.jar=/usr/lib/jvm/java-8-oracle-amd64/jre/lib/security/ \

Now, let's bundle up my app

Run from the packages directory

$ fpm -s dir -t deb -n backbone -a noarch -f -x "*.log" --deb-user vertx --deb-group vertx  -C ~/code/vertx-backbone .=/usr/local/backbone

And now let's package up the gems from RubyGems

First install JRuby on the build system:

$ curl | tar -zxC jruby --strip-components=1

$ export PATH=/opt/jruby/bin:$PATH

And package it:

$ fpm -s dir -t deb -n jruby -a noarch -C /opt/jruby -f .k=/opt/jruby

Run from the wherever, on the build machine with JRuby instaleld

$ mkdir /tmp/gems
$ gem install --no-ri --no-rdoc --install-dir /tmp/gems jruby-openssl
$ gem install --no-ri --no-rdoc --install-dir /tmp/gems sequel
$ gem install --no-ri --no-rdoc --install-dir /tmp/gems jdbc-postgres
$ gem install --no-ri --no-rdoc --install-dir /tmp/gems librato-metrics

$ find /tmp/gems/cache -name '*.gem' | xargs -rn1 fpm -f -d ruby -d rubygems --prefix /usr/local/backbone/gems -s gem -t deb

Note that this is all happening on a build machine with JRuby installed. The destination (production machine) will not have JRuby installed.

Packaging up one of my custom gems

$ fpm -d ruby --prefix /usr/local/backbone/gems -s gem -t deb /usr/local/backbone/gems/my-fanciness-0.1.0.gem

Now let's install all the gems

$ sudo dpkg -i /src/packages/rubygem*.deb

Launching the application

$ sudo -H -u vertx bash -c 'GEM_PATH=/usr/local/backbone/gems vertx run app.rb -cluster'

Concerns and Next Steps


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