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How to get your FusionForge development environment, the easy way

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Last night I was trying to run my latest version of FusionForge and everything was ruined. I did it in the hard way using sources and bypassing some checks to install them in Debian. Now I know I’ve been wasting time, Roland Mas created some months ago a great method to get a FusionForge development environment with a minimum effort, it is based on a VirtualBox installation with scripts ready to update the source code from the repos and install them as Debian packages. Brilliant.

Here you have the steps I followed:

  • aptitude install linux-headers-2.6-$(uname -r|sed ‘s,[^-]*-[^-]*-,,’) virtualbox-ose
  • virtualbox-ose should be available now: /etc/init.d/virtualbox-ose start
  • Download FFSandbox.ovf and ffsandbox.vmdk from
  • Open “VirtualBox OSE” and import the .ovf file. When I choose the .ovf it imports automagically the .vmdk
  • At this point you already have a Debian with FusionForge, but it is not the latest code (yet)
  • Have a look at the IP address of your virtual machine and enter with a ssh connection: ssh root@
  • execute /root/scripts/ which will update the sources
    from FusionForge’s Subversion repository and also the currently installed .deb
  • execute /root/scripts/ to build the packages from
  • finally execute /root/scripts/ to install
  • an up-to-date FusionForge should be running on http://forge.local/.

Thanks to obergix for the tip.


Written by sanacl

March 23, 2011 at 1:56 am

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  1. […] the article here: How to get your FusionForge development environment, the easy way … This entry was posted in Uncategorized and tagged created-some, fusion, great-method, months-ago, […]

  2. Note that any VM system would fit, not necesarily VirtualBox… and you could setup the fusionforge checkout inside it with a script that is documented in the bottom of the wiki page.

    Anyway, glad this works 😉

    Olivier Berger

    March 23, 2011 at 6:37 am

  3. it seems there is an error. You run update + update + intrall but it is update + build + install.


    May 31, 2011 at 3:12 pm

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