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Installing PCFDev on Manjaro Linux

How to install Pivotal Cloud Foundry (PCFDev) on your local manjaro linux notebook.

Peter Kern

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What?

This blog post is about installing a local Cloud Foundry testing environment on your linux notebook. For some time there was only PCF 1.11 available via PCFDev for Linux. Newer versions of Cloud Foundry could only be used on MacOs and Windows via PCFDev.

But since April 2019 Pivotal Cloud Foundry Application Services Version 2.4.4 can be deployed on Linux via PCFDev.

Why?

With PCFDev you can install a fully functional Cloud Foundry deployment on your local notebook. It only needs a single virtual machine. Inside this virtual machine a condensed set of Cloud Foundry components is installed. You can use Redis, RabbitMQ MySQL and Spring Cloud Services in your app instances if you deploy them to PCFDev.

For me this is a perfect start for experiments and gaining a deeper understanding of Cloud Foundry.

How?

This setup guide has been created on Manjaro Linux.

Screenfetch Manjaro

Before we can install PCFDev on Linux we need to satisfy some dependencies of PCFDev.

Install qemu

PCFDev uses QEMU for machine emulation and virtualization.

$ sudo pacman --sync qemu

Install libvirt

As virtualization api you need to install libvirt.

$ sudo pacman --sync libvirt

After installation you can enable and start the libvirt daemon.

$ sudo systemctl enable libvirtd.service

Created symlink /etc/systemd/system/multi-user.target.wants/libvirtd.service → /usr/lib/systemd/system/libvirtd.service.
Created symlink /etc/systemd/system/sockets.target.wants/virtlockd.socket → /usr/lib/systemd/system/virtlockd.socket.
Created symlink /etc/systemd/system/sockets.target.wants/virtlogd.socket → /usr/lib/systemd/system/virtlogd.socket.

$ sudo systemctl start libvirtd.service

On my machine it did not work out of the box because I had no valid firewall backend for libvirtd on my machine. To fix this I needed to install ebtables for ethernet bridge firewalling and firewalld as firewalling daemon.

$ sudo pacman --sync ebtables
$ sudo pacman --sync firewalld

Now would be a good time to reboot your machine.

To activate the necessary virtual ethernet bridge I used virt-manager.

$ sudo pacman --sync virt-manager
Start virtual machine manager
Activate virtual ethernet bridge

Follow the offical setup guide

There is also an official setup tutorial for PCFDev from Pivotal. It is your choice to follow the official guide from here on or to read the rest of this blog post.

Install cf command line interface

Download and install the Cloud Foundry command line interface cf cli.

Install cf cli plugin for PCFDev

$ cf install-plugin cfdev

Download PCFDev

You can get PCFDev from the Pivotal Network. Just download the file to you local folder.

Start PCFDev

$ cf dev start -f <filepath/VERSION.tgz>

And now it is time to … waaaaaaait. It takes some minutes for PCFDev to start. When startup is finished successfully you should see the following:

Screenfetch Manjaro

Stop PCFDev

$ cf dev stop

Delete PCFDev

$ rm -rf ~/.cfdev

What next?

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