Monthly Archives: March 2012

Continuous Integration With Jenkins On Ubuntu 11.10

First, install Ubuntu Server 11.10. Obviously, settings will vary from machine to machine, but when you get to the page for selecting software to be installed, make sure you select both the OpenSSH server and the Tomcat server.

Ubuntu Software Selections

With a fresh server install, you’ll want to assign a static IP to your server. Ubuntu Server 11.10 will likely detect your network card, and set it up during install to use DHCP. But, it makes more sense for a server to have a stable IP. You can change this in /etc/network/interfaces. Change the section that likely reads as:

iface eth0 inet dhcp

to something like:

iface eth0 inet static
  address 192.168.x.x
  gateway 192.168.x.1

Of course, use whatever local LAN network addresses make sense for you. Either restart the network service (sudo /etc/init.d/networking start) or reboot.

When you’ve rebooted, make sure to update Ubuntu itself.

$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get upgrade
$ sudo reboot

Jenkins is a Java app that needs some environment to run it. We’ve already installed Tomcat for this through the Ubuntu installer. You can verify it is running by surfing to: http://%5Byour IP address]:8080. You may also want to configure http://%5Byour IP address]:8080/manager/html. Surfing over to that page will give you the info needed to configure the status page viewer when you fail login on the attempt on the new Tomcat server. The other reason is that this management page allows you to easily deploy the Jenkins WAR too. Download the WAR for the Ubuntu distribution and upload it via the Tomcat manager app.

If you now surf over to http://%5Byour IP address]:8080/jenkins, you will see Jenkins, but in an error state. It will complain that it is “Unable to create the home directory ‘/usr/share/tomcat6/.jenkins’. This is most likely a permission problem.”. Well, at least Jenkins is running! The easy way to solve this is to let Tomcat have access to that folder.

$ cd /usr/share/tomcat6
$ sudo mkdir .jenkins
$ sudo chown tomcat6:nogroup .jenkins
$ sudo /etc/init.d/tomcat6 restart

That should get you going on your adventure in continuous integration with Jenkins.

Fedora 16 Minimal Install And No Networking

Hopefully, this helps some people quickly shortcut to a solution instead of putzing around for a couple hours wondering “Why, O Why?”. If you install Fedora 16 with a minimal install, like I recently did, you will find out that while you can maybe ping your local systems, you cannot get out on the net.

Apparently, “minimal installation” to Fedora seems to really mean barest of bones. This is actually an old annoyance. The key issue seems to be that the network configuration script is either missing or badly formatted. In my case, Anaconda asked me for some eth0 settings, and I supplied a static IP on the local 192.168.x.x LAN, which worked fine to pull necessary packages during install. However, the resultant ifcfg-eth0 was incorrect:

[root@registeel ~]# cat /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-eth0

The issue is all the trailing zeros on two of the keys, IPADDR0 and GATEWAY0. Just remove the trailing zeros, then restart the network service or reboot, and all should be well.