I have been playing with ansible recently and quite like some of what I see.
One issue I have when setting up the ansible hosts file, which contains the inventory of all hosts known to ansible, is that at work my hosts have a slightly more complex pattern which ansible can not directly match, see http://ansible.cc/docs/patterns.html. So I patched 1.0 to cope with these.
This provides for:
- multiple patterns in a single hostname
- the optional use of a step in [1:99:3] to generate hosts which don’t increase by 1.
The patch can be found here: http://merlin.wl0.org/201305/01/ansible-1.0-extend-patterns.patch and this allows me to include several types of servers at work in a simpler pattern more easily.
My python is still a bit rusty but this seems to do the right thing. It would be nice to see this patch incorporated into ansible.
I’ve just upgraded ansible on my Mac to 1.1 (via macports) and this patch hasn’t been applied yet. I think 1.2 is out soon so I’ll see if I can poke the developers to get this patch included. See: https://github.com/ansible/ansible/issues/3135