[petsc-dev] PETSc server

Andy Ray Terrel andy.terrel at gmail.com
Wed Jan 8 15:56:13 CST 2014

I highly recommend Vagrant.  I can set something up for you this week.

You add two files:  Vagrantfile and bootstrap.sh

Then the user only needs to do:

$ cd petsc-dev
$ vagrant up
-- Downloads minimal image and calls the bootstrap to install all dependencies
$ vagrant ssh

Even editting the files is synced so you can use whatever crazy editor
you like on your system.

The best part is you can just install the vagrant-aws or
vagrant-digitalocean plugins and then the same commands will put you
on a server in the cloud.

-- Andy

On Wed, Jan 8, 2014 at 3:06 PM, Jed Brown <jedbrown at mcs.anl.gov> wrote:
> Satish Balay <balay at mcs.anl.gov> writes:
>> A simple install on windows can be done via cygwin [with gcc/gfortran
>> etc.]. A VM will tradeoff installing cygwin with a
>> installing/managing/VM+linux
> Installing cygwin is more than one command.
>> The last I checked - a linux VM install with all the required
>> developer tools [and a useable minimal X-desktop] takes 2G or more.
> Vagrant wouldn't use a monolithic image.  We would just distribute the
> Vagrantfile.  I don't know what the total download size would work out
> to, but we wouldn't be the ones hosting it.
>> We would be in account-management game instead here. Jed was
>> previously proposing having the above image available on amazon - and
>> users would just run instances of it the way they need it..
> Amazon will host machine images.  Users create an instance and choose
> the machine image.  It's pretty easy if you want to use their hardware.

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