anka runcommand provides a container like interface to work with the Anka VMs directly from the host where they are running.
anka run command, similar to
docker run to execute operation inside the Vm from the host where it's running. Returns 125 on timeout.
anka run --help Usage: anka run [OPTIONS] VM_NAME COMMAND [ARGS]... Run commands inside VM environment Options: -w, --workdir PATH Working directory inside the VM -v, --volumes-from, --volume PATH Mount host directory (current directory by default) into VM . '--volumes-from' is deprecated form -n, --no-volumes-from, --no-volume Use this flag to prevent implicit mounting of current folder (see --volume option). '--no-volumes-from' is deprecated form -E, -e, --env Inherit environment variables. '-e' is deprecated form -f, --env-file PATH Provide environment variables from file -N, --wait-network Wait till guest network interface up -T, --wait-time Wait for guest time sync --help Show this message and exit.
$ anka run VMNAME sudo whoami root
anka run requires automatic login to be enabled for the user. By default, it uses anka user.
anka run, when run in default mode with no flags, mounts the current folder from the host into the VM and executes commands on this mount point as current directory.
It's also possible to explicitly specify mount directory inside VM, using this syntax -v /host/folder:/mnt/path, e.g:
anka run -v $PWD:/tmp/mountpoint_1 VMNAME pwd
Note Currently only single volume could be specified in the run command. If you need more than one folder shared between host and the VM, use
anka mount/unmount commands.
anka mount VMNAME ~/Library/MobileDevice/Provisioning\ Profiles/ /Users/anka/Library/MobileDevice/Provisioning\ Profiles/ anka run VMNAME xcodebuild -exportOptionsPlist exportInfo.plist archive
Note VM should be in running state for mount command to work.
anka run sierrav40c1 xcodebuild -sdk iphonesimulator -scheme Kickstarter-iOS build - Will mount the default directory from the host into the sierrav40c1 Vm and execute build.
anka run -w /Applications VMNAME ls -l - Will pipe the results of
ls -l from the VM's
anka run -v . VMNAME ls - Will mount the host current directory inside the VM, execute
ls, pipe the results and unmount.
anka run -v . VMNAME xcodebuild ... - Will mount the current directory from the developer machine(host) to the VM and execute an
xcodebuild command and pipe the results back.
anka run sudo ... - Executes commands inside the VM with
sudo privileges. For instance:
anka run VMNAME cp -R simpledir /Users/anka - Will copy the current host directory to the VM at /Users/anka location
anka run -n sierrav40c1 xcodebuild -sdk iphonesimulator -scheme Kickstarter-iOS build - Will not mount the current host directory and execute build in the VM current directory
If you need more configuration changes to the VM, before anka run execution, you could start the VM with corresponding parameters, or write the parameters to VM configuration with
anka modify command.
anka run command doesn't use .profile, .bash_profile by itself. To configure the environment variables, you can pass it with
anka run -f environment.txt, where environment.txt is a text file in the form VARIABLE=VALUE, one variable per line.
To inherit entire host's environment, use
anka run -E command, but in this case existing guests variables will not be overridden by host's variables.
In order to use environment variables from VMs
.bash_profile, execute the following command via intermediate bash.
anka run ios-temp bash -c 'source ~/.bash_profile; ./iPhone/make_build -b dev -c 1 -d ./build -e Mobile -z'
anka run doesn't support TTY mode, but you could easily use POSIX streams as with regular bash tool.
anka run -n VNMANE whoami > /dev/null
cat file.txt | anka run -n VMNAME md5
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