Clean up the current app
Fire up the VM, and ssh to it.
The application is in /var/www/railsapp; go there, and delete the contents of the directory.
cd /var/www/railsapp; rm -rf *
With that out of the way, we need to tell the embedded Apache that something has changed. In /etc/apache2/conf/railsapp.conf, replace the occurences of 'public' by 'current/public'.
Then, restart apache by using
For some reason the Turnkey VM doesn't ship with subversion. Install that using
apt-get update; apt-get install subversion
Connect to your subversion server once
When you're using svn+ssh as I am, you will want to connect to your subversion server once, for instance using something like
svn info svn+ssh://firstname.lastname@example.org/svn
This gives ssh the chance to 'get to know' your server.
There, with a few minor tweaks, you can start using an off-the-shelf VM for you Capistrano deployment. I personally use one of these to test my deployment scripts, and hence use it as a staging server.
Some time soon, I will (a) do a walkthrough of building an application that can readily be deployed onto this VM, and (b) show how you can use Capistrano to deploy to both a staging environment in one of these VM's, and to a 'real' production server.