Just a quick one, and primarily to help myself out, I put together a very quick and dirty Vagrant wrapper for Elgg development. I found myself repeating myself quite a bit when it comes to putting together build environments, and working with other people, so it made sense to put together a quick vagrant build to help out my team.

This project acts as a wrapper around whatever Elgg site you happen to be developing, and provides a stable install environment based on Ubuntu Xenial, mariadb and PHP 7.0.

I hope it’ll be useful to you!

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I got a little bit of time recently, so I’ve updated the Known vagrant build.

The latest vagrant package now uses the latest Ubuntu LTS – Xenial – as it’s build. It also makes some changes to the environment, including, we now use mariadb instead of the now rather defunct (and in some cases broken) Oracle mysql server. The build also now runs PHP 7.0.

If you’re like me, you might need to update your version of vagrant and VirtualBox in order to successfully boot the newer Ubuntu images, so be sure you do that.

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I’ve been doing a bit of spring cleaning to the Known repo, removing unnecessary files, tidying up various bits and bobs. One thing I did, because it actually made some client work testing easier, was to move the Known vagrant wrapper into its own repo.

This makes the wrapper much easier to maintain and deploy (for me at least). I also took the liberty of tidying up a number of issues with the ansible configuration which was preventing the provisioning script from working properly.


You need to download and install a number of tools first, namely: VirtualBox, Vagrant, and Ansible.

Next, you need to check out a copy of the Known repo (or your Known based product environment) into a sub directory called Known. Symlinks should also work.

Run vagrant, and your new Known install will be provisioned as withknown on, I recommend modifying your /etc/hosts file to alias this.

Hope you find this useful!

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