BoxGrinder Build 0.7.0 is out!

I'm pleased to announce new BoxGrinder Build release: 0.7.0. With this release we fixed some issues, especially related to Fedora 14 on EC2. There are also new nice features as well, read on! For full change list read release notes below.

Fedora 11 and 12 support removed

As Fedora 11 and 12 have reached End Of Life - we removed support for creating appliance for this operating systems.

EC2 appliances changes

We fixed some issues related to Fedora 14 on EC2. You can use now SElinux with Fedora 13/14 on EC2 without issues! We introduced another important change: you cannot log in now to your EC2 instance using root account - use ec2-user account instead. This user has full sudo access, without password, so you'll be still able to execute administration tasks.

VMware plugin update

VMware plugin was updated to add thin disk support. This can save a lot of disk space, especially when you use it on your laptop/desktop. With this change we introduced a configuration file for VMware plugin. Below you an find a sample configuration file:

type: personal   # or enterprise
thin_disk: true  # default: false

Please save the content under $HOME/.boxgrinder/plugins/vmware file.

New meta appliance

We released new meta appliance, version 1.3. With this release we moved to Fedora 14 for our base system. You can grab meta appliance in your favorite format from our download page. Of curse there also EBS AMI's uploaded to Amazon!

Fedora status

Almost all plugins are now in stable or updates-testing Fedora repository. Remaining BoxGrinder plugins were submitted for a review. You can watch current process status on BoxGrinder feature page. Feel free to review new packages or add comments to review requests.

This means we're on time with BoxGrinder Fedora feature. Now only waiting for positive review and I'll start the build process!


Thanks to Pete and Garrett we finally have fixed euca2ools package that allows to build and upload images to AWS.  This means that we can close BGBUILD-55 and retire ec2-ami-tools usage. This is very important because this allowed to submit EC2-related plugins to Fedora!

How to install

You can use our BoxGrinder RPM repository. Make sure you enable updates-testing repo because euca2ools-1.3.1-4 is still in testing repository:

yum --enablerepo=updates-testing install rubygem-boxgrinder-*

Release Notes


  • [BGBUILD-42] - No man pages installed in appliances
  • [BGBUILD-119] - Fix SElinux issues on EC2 appliances

Feature Request

  • [BGBUILD-71] - Add support for growing (not pre-allocated) disks for VMware
  • [BGBUILD-73] - Add support for kickstart files
  • [BGBUILD-80] - VMware .tgz Bundle Should Expand Into Subdirectory, Not Current Directory
  • [BGBUILD-110] - For EC2 images don't use root account, use ec2-user instead
  • [BGBUILD-113] - Allow to specify supported file formats for operating system plugin


  • [BGBUILD-55] - Use euca2ools instead of ec2-ami-tools
  • [BGBUILD-59] - Remove all image modifications user is not expecting
  • [BGBUILD-85] - Adjust BoxGrinder spec files for review
  • [BGBUILD-114] - Update VMware disk geometry calculation
  • [BGBUILD-115] - PackageHelper should take directory instead of file list to package
  • [BGBUILD-117] - Remove Fedora 11 and 12 support
  • [BGBUILD-118] - Enable SElinux in guestfs

BoxGrinder Build 0.6.5 released!

This is mostly a bugfix release including one very important bug. 32 bit AMIs produced by Fedora Cloud SIG showed up a nasty issue described in details in Red Hat Bugzilla bug report. After great help from Jeff Darcy - we have now a workaround. This workaround is now implemented in BoxGrinder. So, if you want to build Fedora 14 AMI's - please update BoxGrinder to the latest version!

Beginning with this version - BoxGrinder will not install ec2-ami-tools package by default for appliances converted to EC2 format. If you want still this package to be included in your AMI you need to do this manually. There are two steps to do this:

  1. Put this package to a local repository and add it to packages section.
  2. Install the package using post section:

            - "rpm -Uvh"

Release Notes


  • [BGBUILD-105] - No plugin-manager require for local delivery plugin
  • [BGBUILD-106] - No plugin-manager require for fedora os plugin
  • [BGBUILD-107] - No plugin-manager require for vmware platform plugin
  • [BGBUILD-108] - No plugin-manager require for sftp delivery plugin
  • [BGBUILD-109] - readdir64 bugfix for i386 base AMIs


  • [BGBUILD-111] - Don't install ec2-ami-tools by default in AMIs

Screencast: Get started with CirrAS on Amazon EC2

Our first screencast shows setting up a JBoss AS 6 cluster using StormGrind CirrAS on Amazon EC2. More info on CirrAS you can find on project page and documentation wiki. Be sure also to read our previous announcement.

View this screencast in HD on Vimeo.

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