[Server-devel] XSCE Ansible Restructuring
tim at timmoody.com
Sat Jun 7 09:38:35 EDT 2014
On Thursday's call I promised to send out some ideas on restructuring the
XSCE ansible playbooks.
The current top-level playbook, xsce.yml runs the following:
I propose to change this to
This is mostly a rename of common to reflect its broader role than just
installing common packages.
This is a home for platform-specific preprocessing. Today this is only
xo.yml, but later could include cubox, etc.
This is basic networking and gateway where appropriate as well as httpd, and
samba, that is a working web and file server. I would also put php, and
database packages here. Eventually a configuration gui would go here that
determines what gets installed next.
This is idmgr, etc. Today ejabberd belongs here.
This is moodle, iiab, etc.
These are the statistics, monitoring, and management applications.
This is a home for additional playbooks particular to a specific deployment.
The reason for the change is to make the aggregate roles map more closely to
the features page, to clarify the function of these roles, and to separate
educational from management applications. Each role has a number prefix so
that they appear at the top of the directory listing for roles.
Some of the aggregate roles currently use includes in main.yml and some use
the meta functionality. Meta is really meant for dependencies, whereas we
use it for includes, so I think we should use includes for everything. This
will allow us to add a when clause that will make installation/enablement
dependent on the value of a variable, another step towards a configuration
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