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Creating a new build

When this buildpack deploys on Heroku, the binary file corresponding to the currently configured stack (bin/nginx-cedar-14) is used. Rebuilding this binary can be done using the scripts/ script. The script must be executed on a server that resembles the heroku stack as closely as possible. The steps below were used to create the latest build.

Change the build file

If you are interested in creating a new build, you will need to modify the scripts/ file.

  1. Create a branch
  2. Make your changes
  3. Create the new build (see below)
  4. Validate your build works on www-dev or www-staging (see below)
  5. Open a PR
  6. Merge PR

Create a VM

  1. Heroku makes their Cedar builds available on docker. Checking the Dockerfile for Cedar, note that it uses Ubuntu 14.04
  2. Go to the Download Page for Ubuntu 14.04
  3. Download the 64-bit PC (AMD64) server install image .iso file.
  4. Using Virtual Machine, create a new Ubuntu Linux VM, allocating at least 10GB of space to a virtual HDD
  5. Start the Virtual Machine - you will be asked to select a 'CD' - choose the .iso file you downloaded in step 3.
  6. Complete the installation process for Ubuntu Server. This will take a while.

Configure the VM

After you complete the install process, you will have a basic server. You will need to install the dependencies required for building nginx.

Ubuntu uses apt-get for most software installations. The following commands (and probably a few more that I forgot to document...sorry!) were required to successfully build nginx. These commands assume you are running as root,

NOTE: All of these packages correlate to what is specified in the build script. If you are rebuilding because you are updating nginx to a newer version or compiling for a new version of Ubuntu, YMMV. If you change the versions of the software check the README for the various nginx modules. There are some good hints in there regarding compatibility for different scenarios.

$ apt-get install git
$ apt-get install build-essential libpcre3 libpcre3-dev
$ apt-get install openssl libssl-dev libssl0.9.8 ca-certificates
$ apt-get install lua5.1 liblua5.1.0 liblua5.1.0-dev
$ ln -s /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/ /usr/lib/
$ apt-get install libgeoip-dev
$ apt-get install make

Build nginx

$ cd ~
$ mkdir src
$ cd src
$ git clone
$ cd nginx-buildpack
< make desired changes to scripts/build_nginx>
$ scripts/

The above command will create a new binary file at /tmp/nginx/sbin/nginx. Copy this file to your bin directory in your nginx-buildback directory.

$ cp /tmp/nginx/sbin/nginx ~/src/nginx-buildpack/bin/nginx-cedar-14

NOTE If you are changing heroku stacks, you will need to name the file based on the name of the heroku stack.

Test Your New nginx

  1. In the Heroku dashboard, open atk-kraken-dev
  2. In the Settings tab, delete the current buildpack
  3. Create a new buildpack,<your-branch-name-here>
  4. In the Deploy tab, deploy master or your current working branch
  5. Test your new build, monitoring the logs for errors

Deploy your working branch to production

Make absolutely sure your new build works. kraken sits in front of everything. So, if you screw it up, the whole site will be affected.

  1. In the Heroku dashboard, open atk-kraken-production
  2. In the Settings tab, delete the buildpack
  3. Create a new buildpack,<your-branch-name-here>
  4. In the Deploy tab, deploy master (or your kraken release branch)
  5. Monitor the logs like a hawk

After the dust has settled and you are confident nginx is stable, you can merge your working branch to master. Then, change atk-kraken-dev and atk-kraken-production buildpack back to The change will go into effect the next time you deploy kraken.