BoxGrinder 0.6.4 released – on the road to Fedora

I'm happy to announce next version of BoxGrinder Build: 0.6.4. This release is a another minor build that moves us closer to Fedora. If you're interested in this process – make sure you watch BoxGrinder Feature page on Fedora wiki. On 17th November BoxGrinder was officially accepted as a feature for Fedora 15 on FESCo meeting. See IRC log for details.

Most fixes in 0.6.4 are usability improvements. We finally have trace switch enabled by default so we'll see the full stacktrace and these errors are saved in log file – this will help us to help you. We fixed also VMware delivery. Now you unpack the VMware appliance and import it to your library. Still, take a look at README provided with the package for more info.

New nightly RPM repository

I prepared also a repository with BoxGrinder RPM nightly builds. We build RPMs against Fedora rawhide, but this doesn't matter because all packages we produce are noarch.

To add it to your system save below content as /etc/yum.repos.d/boxgrinder-nightly.repo:

[Update 23.01.2011]

name=BoxGrinder Nightly builds for Fedora 14

How to update existing installations

To use the latest version execute the command below if you use our RPM's:

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

In other cases use gem command directly:

gem list | cut -d" " -f1 | grep boxgrinder | xargs sudo gem update

Release Notes


  • [BGBUILD-91] - Log exceptions to log file
  • [BGBUILD-99] - Timeout exception is not caught on non-EC2 platfrom in GuestFSHelper

Feature Request

  • [BGBUILD-96] - Don't Require User to Rename VMware .vmdk and .vmx Files
  • [BGBUILD-102] - Start X on boot when X Window System group or base-x group is specified