2015/03/18 - Apache Whirr has been retired.

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Whirr™ in 5 minutes

The following commands install Whirr and start a 3 node ZooKeeper cluster on Amazon EC2 in 5 minutes or less. You need to have Java 6 and an SSH client already installed. Help on finding your AWS credentials can be found in the FAQ.

export WHIRR_PROVIDER=aws-ec2
# or create ~/.whirr/credentials similar to conf/credentials.sample

curl -O http://www.apache.org/dist/whirr/whirr-0.8.0/whirr-0.8.0.tar.gz
tar zxf whirr-0.8.0.tar.gz; cd whirr-0.8.0 

ssh-keygen -t rsa -P '' -f ~/.ssh/id_rsa_whirr 
bin/whirr launch-cluster --config recipes/zookeeper-ec2.properties --private-key-file ~/.ssh/id_rsa_whirr 

echo "ruok" | nc $(awk '{print $3}' ~/.whirr/zookeeper/instances | head -1) 2181; echo

Upon success you should see imokechoed to the console, indicating that ZooKeeper is running.

You can shut down the cluster with

bin/whirr destroy-cluster --config recipes/zookeeper-ec2.properties --private-key-file ~/.ssh/id_rsa_whirr

The various options are explained in more detail in the Quick Start Guide.