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serving large files "formally code artifacts" best practices

asked 2013-03-09 15:20:27 -0600

Hi All, I'd like to know best practices in serving code artifacts "tarballs" though puppet , I used to serve them using file{} resource but this method doesn't seem a good way as i have to either include code artifacts "tarballs" in puppet codebase repository or configuring puppet codebase repository to ignore such tarballs and providing a way to inject code artifacts in $pathtopuppet/modules/module_1/files

any other practices that seems better than what i do ?

Thanks in advance

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answered 2013-03-09 16:42:09 -0600

Daenney gravatar image

My best practice is don't. We tried a bunch of methods, deploying it with puppet, exec+wget, using a custom mount in the Puppet file server but we eventually settled on wrapping everything in packages.

What we do is we create a debian package with the structure of where we want the tar.gz and the actual tar.gz, package it up and put it in our own APT repository. Now we can just install it using a package resource and whenever we package up a new version of that and upload it to our repositories we can just ... (more)

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FPM is a really easy way to get started with packaging.

Ancillas gravatar imageAncillas ( 2013-10-21 16:44:44 -0600 )edit

answered 2013-10-21 16:08:42 -0600

scoopex gravatar image

I fully agree.

Using operating system packages provides the following advantages over tarballs:

  • it´s easy to get a defined version on your target system (i.e. by using ensure => "latest", ensure => "1.3.18")
  • it is easy to add dependencies to a package (dependencies to operating-system tools/libs or software you also packaged)
  • up- and downgrading is less complex with package dependencies
  • packages are not managed by the puppet file archiving (this will not eat up your puppet server diskspace)
  • you can speedup your installation dramatically by using the package cache of your package management (the system often know ...
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