Vagrant shell provisioning and usernames
May 14, 2013
I’ve been spending a lot of time with the excellent Vagrant recently but was getting mildly annoyed by starting in
/home/vagrant when SSHing to a box, then having to
cd /vagrant to get to the shared directory each time.
I thought I’d be clever and fix this minor annoyance by adding the following line to my shell provision script:
echo 'cd /vagrant' >> ~/.bashrc
A bit of a lazy fix (as is using shell provisioning instead of Puppet or Chef) but I thought it’d get the job done and save me a few seconds.
It didn’t work, though: when I ran
vagrant up and ssh’d in, I couldn’t find my edit in
~/.bashrc. When I tried manually adding the line in an ssh session it worked perfectly, though. Huh?
I realised after an embarrassingly long time that maybe Vagrant used a different username when provisioning. Sure enough, adding a quick
whoami to the provision script showed
root, rather than the expected
vagrant. Specifying the full path in the original line worked:
echo 'cd /vagrant' >> /home/vagrant/.bashrc
So, this is basically a reminder to myself that (a) Vagrant shell provisioning scripts run as
root rather than
vagrant and (b) one should never make presumptions about usernames.
Posted in: bash, tools, vagrant
Written by Paul Love who lives and works in Edinburgh building useful things. You should follow him on Twitter