Install WebVZ 2.0 On Debian Etch To Administrate OpenVZ

Created/Modified by Edward Tobia to work with WebVZ 2.0. Credits to Mike J ( for the WebVZ 1.5 installation instructions as they helped make this version possible!

1.1 Beginnings:

First you must have OpenVZ installed and configured. You can find a tutorial to do this on HowtoForge ( Because of a small problem/error in Debian Etch, it is not possible to update the Rubygems system because a Require in the gems is missing. But we can solve it with a simple edit of the file. WebVZ is one of the simplest and most powerful web management tools for OpenVZ.


2.0 Needed Packages:

We must install some additional packages to get WebVZ running. WebVZ does not need a web server, because they deliver it with WebRick.

Let's start...

main:~# apt-get install ruby rubygems libsqlite3-ruby sqlite3 irb1.8 libopenssl-ruby1.8 libreadline-ruby1.8 rdoc1.8 nano

You must say Yes to the installation.


2.1 Solve Debian error:

To solve the error on Debian, so that we can update gems you must do the following:

main:~# nano /usr/bin/gem

Edit the file so that it looks like this:

#!/usr/bin/env ruby


# Copyright 2006 by Chad Fowler, Rich Kilmer, Jim Weirich and others.

# All rights reserved.

# See LICENSE.txt for permissions.


require 'rubygems'

require 'rubygems/gem_runner'

require 'rubygems/open-uri'


required_version =">= 1.8.0")

unless required_version.satisfied_by?(

puts "Expected Ruby Version #{required_version}, was #{RUBY_VERSION}"



# We need to preserve the original ARGV to use for passing gem options

# to source gems. If there is a -- in the line, strip all options after

# it...its for the source building process.

args = !ARGV.include?("--") ? ARGV.clone : ARGV[0...ARGV.index("--")]

Save the file with CTRL + X and type Y to save.


2.2 Update Gems:

Type in your console the following to update Gems, without the update WebVZ doesn't run....

main:~# gem update --system

You need to install Rails 2.1.0:

main:~# gem install -v=2.1.0 rails


3.0 Configuring WebVZ:

Use the following commands to get WebVZ:

main:~# wget

Extract the downloaded archive:

main:~# tar -xzvf webvz.2.0.tar.gz

Go into the WebVZ directory:

main:~# cd webvz.2.0

Because of some small changes on the Debian System we need to set some softlinks in our system & create a few directories. Do it exactly as shown, otherwise WebVZ is not usable:

main:~/webvz.2.0# ln -s /var/lib/vz /vz

main:~/webvz.2.0# ln -s /usr/bin/irb1.8 /usr/bin/irb

main:~/webvz.2.0# mkdir /etc/sysconfig

main:~/webvz.2.0# ln –s /etc/vz/conf /etc/sysconfig/vz-scripts


3.1 Starting and Setting up WebVZ:

To start WebVZ you can start the server with this command. You can put it in your init.d or start-up scripts if you wish for it to boot up on every start-up.

main:~/webvz.2.0# ruby script/server

If all is well a message will come and say WebRick is started on port 3000.

Now we must connect with a web browser to http://[youripaddress]:3000. Log in with

Username: admin
Passwort: admin123

First of all to secure WebVZ, we need to create an own account. Log in with your account details and destroy the admin account.


3.2 After Installation Problems - Fixes:

After installation is complete and you have the WebRick server running you may encounter the following error when logging in/using WebVZ:

Could not find table 'users'
connection_adapters/sqlite3_adapter.rb:29:in `table_structure'
core_ext/object/misc.rb:28:in `returning'
connection_adapters/sqlite3_adapter.rb:28:in `table_structure'
connection_adapters/sqlite_adapter.rb:189:in `columns'
base.rb:1145:in `columns'
base.rb:1158:in `column_names'
base.rb:1171:in `column_methods_hash'
base.rb:1714:in `all_attributes_exists?'
inflector.rb:283:in `all?'
base.rb:1714:in `each'
base.rb:1714:in `all?'
base.rb:1714:in `all_attributes_exists?'
base.rb:1613:in `method_missing'
app/models/user.rb:13:in `authunticate'
app/controllers/login_controller.rb:16:in `sign_in'

This is a problem with the SQLite3 Adapter that comes with activerecord-2.1.0; I have created a fix in which you must apply the following commands in ssh:

main:~# rm -f /usr/lib/ruby/gems/1.8/gems/activerecord-2.1.0/lib/active_record/connection_adapters/sqlite3_adapter.rb

main:~# cd /usr/lib/ruby/gems/1.8/gems/activerecord-2.1.0/lib/active_record/connection_adapters/

main:~# wget

This should/will fix the SQLite3 problem with databases not being found.

Everything should now work perfectly!

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From: Anonymous at: 2009-05-07 09:30:31

I've found the tar.gz on:

From: at: 2008-09-16 13:49:36

thanks a lot for helping so great opensource project's to live... i haven't had the time to do the second tutorial btw. i havent time to use webvz 2.0 ;=) but now i would try it. Good Job man....

From: Rob at: 2008-09-23 13:53:15

For Ubuntu 8.04, I had the "Solve Debian error" was not working for me. So I removed all rubygem packages, installed Ruby Gems from (extract, cd, then run "ruby setup.rb"), and installed rails from using gem install -v=2.1.0 rails. Now I just need to figure out how to run this as a daemon.

From: Rob at: 2008-09-23 14:15:06

ruby script/server -d runs as daemon

From: Sebas at: 2008-10-09 09:09:22

On ubuntu 8.04 I was getting /usr/bin/gem:10:Warning: Gem::manage_gems is deprecated and will be removed on or after March 2009.

to solve this problem I did:

selected pre-release and unsupported packages in Software Sources.

apt-get remove ruby*

apt-get clean

apt-get install ruby rubygems

It helped me, you could try without selecting pre-release and unsupported packages, just some apt-get magic.

On debian i think same magic will work in case of error, just skip update --system stage.

From: Michael Cooper at: 2008-11-16 18:36:26

I was just wondering if this same WebVZ install applies to CentOS 5.2 as well?

From: at: 2009-03-13 14:59:05

I had the following Troubles installing WebVZ on CentOS 5.2

  • The URL http://localhost gives me in a browser (after renaming public/index.html)

  Routing Error
  No route matches "/" with {:method=>:get}

  • http://localhost/menu allows me to login with the default admin account, but if I click e.g. "Users" the browser output says (http://localhost/user/list)

    NoMethodError in UserController#list
        undefined method `authorize' for #<UserController:0x2aaaac9e88c0>

From: Michael A Cooper at: 2009-01-06 23:37:21

Can this be done on CentOS 5.2?

From: at: 2009-03-17 16:37:08

The problem was solved by unzipping the WebVZ tar file again. The command rails /path/to/app caused the problem.

From: Pawel at: 2010-03-05 11:47:52


 I just install your soft on two my servers on debian

 On One server all working fine but on other no`t i have problem with making new VPS or to see conffiguration files i can`t change Memory on container....

 Can you upload main:~# wget One more time



 Pawel Urbanowicz