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      A Trac & subversion based source control appliance.

        • 1. Re: vmTrac
          citizenDAK Novice

          How do the Helix and vmTrac appliances compare?  (Or any other SVN server appliances?):


          Helix Agile Development








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          • 2. Re: vmTrac
            TalusMaximus Lurker

            Hi there .. I'm the guy who put vmTrac together.


            I guess the main differences at a glance would be the use of freebsd as the OS. Lighttpd as the webserver and the little custom scripting.


            I'll download Helix and see how it compares.




            • 3. Re: vmTrac
              citizenDAK Novice

              I just noticed the Helix page says "VMware Tools installed:  No" while vmTrac's says Yes.  I presume that will make a performance difference.


              Here's another question about vmTrac:  Any suggestions for "getting started" reference info, for someone who's never used FreeBSD (or more specificaly vmTrac)?  I'm just looking for a starting point recommendation, since there's an overwhelming amount of documentation on the 'net.


              best regards!

              • 4. Re: vmTrac
                TalusMaximus Lurker

                Regarding the vm tools installation, I installed the package as it was recommended to do so in the guidelines.


                For reading material, my points of reference are:


                http://www.freebsddiary.org/ (which is normally up but seems dead at the moment)

                http://www.freebsdforums.org/ (great community)


                Bsd has closer roots to UNIX, but in reality is quite similar to Linux (from the POV of the shells that are used and the tools and packages that are available).


                One strength is the packages and ports collections and the ease in which one can update a port and any dependencies are also updated auto-magically.




                • 5. Re: vmTrac
                  YellowDog Novice

                  There are 4 or 5 Trac implementation in here.  I will promote mine.

                  My version is not a straight install; I tried to make it a complete install.  It has VM Tools installed, has the latest Stable version of Trac 9.5 and SVN (latest at time of submission) 1.3.1.  The whole environment has been setup to maintain multiple projects and uses Apache’s mod_python for performance.  I have created a number of scripts to quickly manage Trac (see below), as well as install the Trac web based administrator.  I didn't try to make it small, I tried to include those items that I would want installed.  I choose Debain because it easy to mange, administer and upgrade. 

                  So please check it http://www.vmware.com/vmtn/appliances/directory/377


                  settrac = set default trac project

                  trac_add = create a new project

                  trac_del = remove a project

                  aprs = restart apache

                  ahup = unhung apache

                  alog = tail of apache log

                  tlog = tail of trac log

                  tsql = connect to trac sql

                  rpyc = Remove compiled python files

                  tadm = trac admin

                  tini = Edit trac.ini

                  gtini = edit global trac.ini

                  find_setup = Find the nearest enclosing plugin directory

                  insp = Install a new version of a plugin

                  devp = Setup a plugin using setup.py develop

                  cleanup = Clean a plugin build directory

                  • 6. Re: vmTrac
                    tkarakai Lurker

                    Why isn't the VM included in the "Content Mngmt & Collab" Solution Area category of the VMWare Appliences list? It would be easier to find...

                    • 7. Re: vmTrac
                      jdz Lurker

                      I've been trying to grab vmTrac (and also TracVM, & VASTBox) to do a comparison, but none of those torrents have any seeds and have been sitting at 0% for almost 3 days.  The only one I could grab in this category was Helix, and that took almost a full day (for an 82MB file!). Is there another way to grab these??

                      • 8. Re: vmTrac
                        TalusMaximus Lurker

                        my appologies jdz .. I'm now seeding


                        you can also download vmTrac from it's homepage (please use this sparingly!):


                        • 9. Re: vmTrac
                          citizenDAK Novice

                          How-to's (or custom scripts / webmin shortcuts?) wanted:

                          \* access the VM's subversion repo (from the local network, like from TortoiseSVN clients)

                          \* create new Subversion repo

                          \* common SVN admin tasks like backup/restore thru the webmin interface

                          \* Archive my trac WIKI



                          I'll download Helix and see how it compares.

                          Any conclusions you care to share, comparing the various Trac VM's that are on VMTN?


                          Take care,



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                          \* HowTo update the VM's software, including OS patches, SVN & Trac, & VMware Tools (ie, to new VMware Server 1.0.0's).  (Sort of like Windows Update's functionality.  Is there a simple webmin button for these too?)

                          • 10. Re: vmTrac
                            Kinergy Lurker

                            Please excuse my ignorance in getting the vmTrac appliance working: after downloading and booting up, when I go to http://vmtrac/trac/login and click on Login, I get this error:


                            Python traceback


                            Traceback (most recent call last):

                              File "/usr/local/lib/python2.4/site-packages/trac/web/fcgi_frontend.py", line 40, in _handler

                                dispatch_request(req.path_info, req, env)

                              File "/usr/local/lib/python2.4/site-packages/trac/web/main.py", line 139, in dispatch_request


                              File "/usr/local/lib/python2.4/site-packages/trac/web/main.py", line 107, in dispatch

                                resp = chosen_handler.process_request(req)

                              File "/usr/local/lib/python2.4/site-packages/trac/web/auth.py", line 82, in process_request


                              File "/usr/local/lib/python2.4/site-packages/trac/web/auth.py", line 103, in dologin

                                assert req.remote_user, 'Authentication information not available.'

                            AssertionError: Authentication information not available.


                            Is there an installation step that I have missed?

                            • 11. Re: vmTrac
                              TalusMaximus Lurker

                              I'm also getting that error.


                              I hope to get it fixed in the next version of vmTrac, sorry I cant be of more help.




                              • 12. Re: vmTrac
                                rubbolt Novice

                                There are also three more appliances which do the same thing. If you have the time, you may want to try those too.

                                • 13. Re: vmTrac
                                  tfunk Novice

                                  I have yet to find one that actually works...


                                  Has anyone actually made these things work?  They all seem to have an issue that keeps them from running


                                  Any pointers to a working Trac appliance?



                                  • 14. Re: vmTrac
                                    kattrap Enthusiast

                                    Look here on trac's website for the fix to the "AssertionError: Authentication information not available" error:


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