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This lesson will establish the local workspace, and explain how to launch the box and shut it down, and how to keep it up-to-date.

Create local workspace

Make a fresh directory and change into it:

mkdir vm-snapshot-core && cd vm-snapshot-core

Initialise the Vagrantfile:

vagrant init --minimal folio/snapshot-core

That setup was a once-off task.

Any file that is placed in this directory on the host system will be shared on the guest at the /vagrant mount point.

Launch the guest

Launch the VirtualBox guest:

vagrant up

The output will show the VM starting. When the command prompt is returned, then the system will be ready to inspect.

Some ports of the guest will be forwarded to the host, so the FOLIO system can be reached from the outside.

Okapi will be listening on localhost port 9130, and the Stripes development server will be on localhost port 3000.

Quick visit

Use the local web browser to login to the UI at localhost:3000
The default administrative user is diku_admin/admin

Inspect the Settings page to find the version of Okapi, and the installed modules:
http://localhost:3000/settings/about

Send an initial request directly to Okapi:

curl -s -S -w'\n' http://localhost:9130/_/version

Connect to the guest

In a terminal window on the host, connect to the VirtualBox guest:

vagrant ssh

Briefly inspect the Okapi logfile.

tail /var/log/folio/okapi/okapi.log

Okay, that is enough fun. Now we are going to get out, and show how to halt and update the box.

exit

Halt and rest

Now put the system to rest with vagrant halt

When ready to recommence, simply do vagrant up

Update the box

As explained in the background overview section, the FOLIO VMs are rebuilt each day with the current state of development.

The local system does not need to be updated every day, but when desired then do:
vagrant box update (followed by vagrant destroy to disable the old default machine).

The Vagrant box can then be launched again with vagrant up


Next lesson: VM system overview