Archive for the ‘Ansible’ Category

Using Ansible Modules with Testinfra

I’ve been looking at improving the quality of the testing I do with Molecule and Testinfra. Simple checks like service.is_running or package.is_installed have their place but they’re pretty limited as to what assurances they provide us. Part of the issue I have is that some tests need a fair bit of setup to make them […]

Wait for processes to end with Ansible

I’ve been doing a lot in stuff in ansible recently where I needed to fire up, kill and relaunch a bunch of processes. I wanted to find a quick and reliable way of managing this… This is possible using a combination of the pids and wait_for modules… First get the pids of your process… – […]

ansible-vault unexpected exception on Ubuntu

When attempting to edit an ansible-vault file… ansible-vault edit roles/cassandra_backup/vars/test_s3_cfg.yaml The following error was received… ERROR! Unexpected Exception, this is probably a bug: from_buffer() cannot return the address of the raw string within a str or unicode or bytearray object Encountered on this version of Ubuntu… Linux xxxxxxxxx 4.15.0-43-generic #46~16.04.1-Ubuntu SMP Fri Dec 7 13:31:08 […]

Ansible: stop / start services on random hosts

In the coming weeks I’m performing some testing of a new application on a Cassandra cluster. To add a little randomness into some of the tests I thought it would be interesting to give the Cassandra service a little kick. I created a simple Ansible playbook this afternoon that does this. A simple Chaos Monkey […]

Use restview to to make the Ansible rst documentation browsable

The ansible-doc package not only installs the command line tool but also some quite detailed Ansible documentation in rst format. It would be nice if it was browsable in a html format. Here’s how that can happen (Redhat/CentOS) First install pip and restview… sudo yum install python-pip sudo pip install restview This will allow all […]