To develop with a Virtual Machine (VM), your computer should have at least 8GB of RAM and a 64-bit host OS. AMD-V or Intel VT-x are also required (most computers have these). Submitty is RAM and I/O intensive, so more RAM and a fast disk are better.
Download and install VirtualBox, Vagrant, and vagrant-vbguest.
These versions and “host” operating system combinations have been tested and known to work for the project:
OS VirtualBox Version Vagrant Version Notes Windows 7 SP1 4.3.36 1.8.1 Windows 10 Education 5.0.20 1.8.1 Mac 10.9.5 4.3.36 1.8.1 Mac 10.11.6 5.0.26 1.8.4 Mac 10.11.6 5.1.2 1.8.5 Could not establish link to VM on vagrant (broken shared folder) Fedora 22 4.3 1.7.2 Didn’t work, conflict with installed vmware?
Below are quick steps to get everything installed and running. You can just go to the respective sites and downloaded the necessary binary (which you must do for Windows).
Install homebrew if you don’t have it and then run:
brew cask install virtualbox brew cask install vagrant sudo vagrant plugin install vagrant-vbguest
sudo apt-get install virtualbox sudo apt-get install vagrant sudo vagrant plugin install vagrant-vbguest
Clone the Submitty repository to a location on your computer (the “host”).
git clone https://github.com/Submitty/Submitty.git
Navigate to that directory on your computer in a shell/terminal and type:
Vagrant will build your VM. This will take maybe 30 minutes to a few hours depending on your Internet connection speed. When this command finishes, your VM is ready to use.
To stop and restart the VM:
When you are finished working, you can suspend the virtual machine (save state, a little faster to restart):
or halt the virtual machine (complete VM shutdown, a little slower to restart):
To resume work on a VM that is suspended or halted:
If you just want to restart the VM (same as halt/up), type:
If you haven’t made any drastic changes to the build script, you should be able to just re-provision the VM. You can do this by using the
--provisionflag with either
reload. This is will be faster than doing a full
up, however depending on the changes you’ve done to the VM, could leave it potentially unstable. If the VM breaks, simply
NOTE: when resuming work, you may see this warning several times,
default: Warning: Remote connection disconnect. Retrying.. .These warnings are not harmful and can be ignored.
To completely delete the virtual machine (such as to start over from scratch with a fresh VM), type:
And if desired:
When the VM is “up”, you can go visit the homework submission website.
From a web browser (Chrome, Firefox, IE, etc.) on your host computer, go to: http://192.168.56.101/index.php?semester=s17&course=csci1100
Edit the semester and course url variables to access other courses.
You can test the submission, autograding, and viewing of the grades details by uploading sample submissions from the Submitty repository, located in this directory: https://github.com/Submitty/Submitty/tree/master/sample_files/sample_submissions
You will enter the TA grading website from grading links on the main navidation page. NOTE: Because TA grading is still through a separate top level URL, you will need to enter your password a 2nd time. This will go away when we finish the move to a combined site. (this still gives the security warning above?)
These URLS are configured:
When the VM is “up”, you can connect from your host computer to the virtual machine via ssh. Windows users will need to install SSH software (e.g., Cygwin or Putty). From a terminal in the repository directory type:
You will connect to the VM as user
The following additional users exist on the VM:
user password vagrant vagrant root vagrant hsdbu hsdbu hwcgi hwcgi hwphp hwphp hwcron hwcron instructor instructor ta ta developer developer postgres postgres student student
The VM has the following three courses by default and they are all part of semester
FIXME: This will change to “python course”, “c++ course”, “java course”, etc.
Currently, there are four user accounts that can be used that have different permission levels within the system. Their password is the same as their username:
Things that currently need to be done manually on Vagrant VM:
- Setup SVN for one of the courses
- Add users to the grading database for the courses
- Add additional students to both the submission and grading areas