Fix eth0 network interface when cloning RedHat, CentOS or Scientific virtual machines using Oracle VirtualBox or VMWare

For years we’ve used bash scripting to ensure that all of our server configurations are standardized, so that we can expect servers with the same role to have the exact same configuration profile and exhibit the exact same behavior. We’re in the process of moving to Puppet but we’re not quite there yet. Recently we decided to redesign our network architecture with a higher level of focus around High Availability. This new design introduces Percona XtraDB Cluster and we’re writing our installation and configuration scripts to ensure that our new cluster boxes are both tuned and standardized.

We have base template linux VM’s in both VMWare and Oracle VirtualBox, and also templates that are specific to server roles such as web servers, HAproxy servers or MySQL Cluster servers. If we need to test a new configuration, or add a new node to the cluster, we just clone the appropriate template add some minor configuration and we’re good.

However if you clone a VMWare or Oracle VirtualBox VM, you’ll notice that it kills your network interfaces throwing errors like the one listed below:

#ifup eth0
Device eth0 does not seem to be present, delaying initialisation

What’s happening here is that when you clone your VM, VirtualBox and VMWare apply a new MAC Address to your network interfaces but they don’t update the linux configuration files to mirror these changes and so the kernel doesn’t firstly can’t find or start the interface that matches it’s configuration (with the old MAC Address) and it finds a new interface (the new MAC Address) that it has no configuration information for. The result is that only your networking service can only start the loopback networking interface and eth0 is dead.

So here’s how we fix it:

  1. Remove the kernel’s networking interface rules file so that it can be regenerated 
    # rm -f /etc/udev/rules.d/70-persistent-net.rules


  2. Restart the VM 
    # reboot


  3. UPDATE your interface configuration file 
    # vim /etc/sysconfig/networking/devices/ifcfg-eth0

    Remove the MACADDR entry or update it to the new MACADDR for the interface (listed in this file: /etc/udev/rules.d/70-persistent-net.rules).

    Remove the UUID entry

    Save and exit the file

  4. Restart the networking service 
    # service network restart

Redhat developer toolset 1.1

Tru Huynh of has built the redhat developer toolset 1.1, for centos and it contains gcc 4.7.2

So you could simply use his repo and install just gcc, instantly.

cd /etc/yum.repos.d
yum --enablerepo=testing-1.1-devtools-6 install devtoolset-1.1-gcc 

This will install it most likely into: /opt/centos/devtoolset-1.1/root/usr/bin/

Then you can tell your compile process to use the gcc 4.7 instead of 4.4 with the CC variable

export CC=/opt/centos/devtoolset-1.1/root/usr/bin/gcc  
export CPP=/opt/centos/devtoolset-1.1/root/usr/bin/cpp
export CXX=/opt/centos/devtoolset-1.1/root/usr/bin/c++

Also, worth noting; that instead of setting individual variables you can do
 scl enable devtoolset-1.1 bash
(it just starts new shell with all the appropriate variables already set).

How to install Maven on CentOS

Apache Maven is a project management software, managing building, reporting and documentation of a Java  development project. In order to install and configure Apache Maven on CentOS, follow these steps.

First of all, you need to install Java 1.7 JDK. Make sure to install Java JDK, not JRE.

Then go ahead and download the latest Maven binary from its official site. For example, for version 3.0.4:

$ wget
$ sudo tar xzf apache-maven-3.0.5-bin.tar.gz -C /usr/local
$ cd /usr/local
$ sudo ln -s apache-maven-3.0.5 maven


Next, set up Maven path system-wide:

$ sudo vi /etc/profile.d/
export M2_HOME=/usr/local/maven
export PATH=${M2_HOME}/bin:${PATH}

Finally, log out and log in again to activate the above environment variables.
To verify successful installation of maven, check the version of maven:

$ mvn -version


Optionally, if you are using Maven behind a proxy, you must do the following.

$ vi ~/.m2/settings.xml

How to install Python 2.7 and 3.3 on CentOS 6

CentOS 6.2 and 6.3 ships with Python 2.6.6. You can manually install Python 2.7 and Python 3.3 but you must be careful to leave the system version alone. Several critical utilities, for example yum, depend on Python 2.6.6 and if you replace it bad things will happen.

Below are the steps necessary to install Python 2.7.3 and Python 3.3.0 without touching the system version of Python. The procedure is exactly the same for both versions except for the filenames. People have reported that this also works for CentOS 5.8 but I haven’t tested that. Execute all the commands below as root either by logging in as root or by using sudo.

Install development tools

In order to compile Python you must first install the development tools and a few extra libs. The extra libs are not strictly needed to compile Python but without them your new Python interpreter will be quite useless.

# yum groupinstall "Development tools"
# yum install zlib-devel bzip2-devel openssl-devel ncurses-devel sqlite-devel readline-devel tk-devel

Download and install Python

It is critical that you use make altinstall below. If you use make install you will end up with two different versions of Python in the filesystem both named python. This can lead to problems that are very hard to diagnose.

Download and install Python 2.7.3

# wget
# tar xf Python-2.7.3.tar.bz2
# cd Python-2.7.3
# ./configure --prefix=/usr/local
# make && make altinstall

Download and install Python 3.3.0

# wget
# tar xf Python-3.3.0.tar.bz2
# cd Python-3.3.0
# ./configure --prefix=/usr/local
# make && make altinstall

After running the commands above your newly installed Python interpreter will be available as /usr/local/bin/python2.7 or /usr/local/bin/python3.3. The system version of Python 2.6.6 will continue to be available as /usr/bin/python and/usr/bin/python2.6.

Download and install Distribute

Distribute provides a framework for installing packages from the Python Package Index. Each Python interpreter on your system needs its own install of Distribute.

You can find out what the latest version of Distribute is here. At the time of this edit the current version is 0.6.35. Replace the version number below if there is a newer version available.

Download and install Distribute for Python 2.7

# wget
# tar xf distribute-0.6.35.tar.gz
# cd distribute-0.6.35
# python2.7 install

This generates the script /usr/local/bin/easy_install-2.7 that you use to install packages for Python 2.7. It puts your packages in /usr/local/lib/python2.7/site-packages/.

Download and install Distribute for Python 3.3

# wget
# tar xf distribute-0.6.35.tar.gz
# cd distribute-0.6.35
# python3.3 install

This generates the script /usr/local/bin/easy_install-3.3 that you use to install packages for Python 3.3. It puts your packages in /usr/local/lib/python3.3/site-packages/.

What’s next?

Working with multiple versions of Python is difficult and error-prone. I strongly recommend that you install virtualenv and learn how to use it. Virtualenv is a Virtual Python Environment builder that makes it possible to run Python in a sandbox-like environment. Each sandbox can have its own Python version and packages. This is very useful when you work on multiple projects, each with its own dependencies.

Install and use virtualenv for Python 2.7

# easy_install-2.7 virtualenv
# virtualenv-2.7 --distribute someproject
New python executable in someproject/bin/python2.7
Also creating executable in someproject/bin/python
Installing distribute...................done.
Installing pip................done.
# source someproject/bin/activate
(someproject)# python --version
Python 2.7.3

Install and use virtualenv for Python 3.3

# easy_install-3.3 virtualenv
# virtualenv-3.3 --distribute otherproject
New python executable in otherproject/bin/python3.3
Also creating executable in otherproject/bin/python
Installing distribute...................done.
Installing pip................done.
# source otherproject/bin/activate
(otherproject)# python --version
Python 3.3.0