After you install Dusty, you should run dusty setup to do some necessary configuration.


Dusty runs some commands as this user that you specify. Usually the default here should be fine. Setting this to root is probably a bad idea.

Specs Repo

Dusty needs to know where your Dusty specs live. You can enter a git repository here if you want to manage them that way (recommended). You can also just specify a local file path.

If you're new to Dusty and would like to try things out, leave this blank to use the example specs.


If this is your first time using Dusty, you can now run through the tutorial.

Advanced Setup

nginx Configuration

Dusty uses nginx to direct your local traffic. It will write nginx configuration files to a location that it detects is included by your nginx.conf. If you've never done any nginx configuration, and you've installed it in a standard way, this should work seamlessly. If there's something unusual about your setup, Dusty will prompt you to take action.

The specific steps Dusty takes are:

  • Search standard nginx config file locations ('/usr/local/nginx/conf', '/etc/nginx', '/usr/local/etc/nginx') for nginx.conf
  • Search the first nginx.conf found for the include directive - this specifies a folder of additional nginx configuration files, which is where Dusty will write its configuration
  • If you don't include any folders, Dusty will ask you to let it add include servers/*; to the end of your nginx config
  • If no nginx.conf is found, Dusty will let you know.

If Dusty can't setup its nginx config automatically, you just need to run

dusty config set nginx_includes_dir <folder>

Where folder is the absolute path to a folder from which your nginx will include .conf files when run.