The CFEngine Packaging Team

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CFEngine is developing at a remarkable speed within CFEngine 3, packaging CFEngine for Debian was lagging. So I initiated a global team in order to make sure that an up to date version of CFEngine is available for the popular Debian Linux distribution. Please find us on: http://lnkd.in/bd8cZe4

Goal: Create a mechanism for continous delivery, following the heartbeat of the Upsteam project

The presentation covers the way we organized the project:

Github as a cornerstone
Issue tracking
Pull requests
Building the package from the git repository
Testing the package
Moving towards (co)maintainership

Results: Demonstration of a build from the repository

In the course of the project we encountered several issues we had to resolve in cooperation with the upstream project. The result of the effort is that we now have a framework that enables us to create standardized CFEngine packages for all major distibutions.

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The CFEngine Packaging Team

  1. 1. The CFEngine Packaging Team Config Management Camp Gent 4 February 2014
  2. 2. Martins' Bio ● Developer since 1984 ● Masters in Economics BIK (IT management) ● Webhuis, owner ● Systems Administration as of 2000 ● CFEngine started with CFEngine 2 in 2007 Tuesday, February 4th 2014 Martin Simons, Webhuis at Config Management Camp Gent 2
  3. 3. Agenda ● Historic overview ● The CFEngine approach ● Native implementation ● Debian-team CFEngine ● Continuous delivery and operation Tuesday, February 4th 2014 Martin Simons, Webhuis at Config Management Camp Gent 3
  4. 4. CFEngine ecosystem ● Vital part of company's ecosystem ● Client – Server ● Linux / Unix / BSD ● CFEngine community Free and Open Source GPL Rich, offers database support ● CFEngine Enterprise Edition ● Rudder Tuesday, February 4th 2014 Martin Simons, Webhuis at Config Management Camp Gent 4
  5. 5. Debian Advantages ● Huge installed base (10% webservers globally) ● Stable, proven technology ● True open source ● Community driven Disadvantages ● Lagging towards new developments ● Rigid and demanding ● Long release cycle Tuesday, February 4th 2014 Martin Simons, Webhuis at Config Management Camp Gent 5
  6. 6. Intitial Goals ● Gain acceptance on the maintainer side ● Bring CFEngine in line with Debian standards ● Build a package as feature rich as possible ● Create a vehicle for future releases Tuesday, February 4th 2014 Martin Simons, Webhuis at Config Management Camp Gent 6
  7. 7. Private Agenda :-) ● Database support in Community ● Support for Raspberry Pi, raspbian ● LDAP support Tuesday, February 4th 2014 Martin Simons, Webhuis at Config Management Camp Gent 7
  8. 8. Debian-team Founded june 2013 ● Debian offered an outdated release, 3.0.5! ● Only one maintainer (now team member) ● ● ● Upstream did not comply with Debian standards (now do) Project page https://github.com/Webhuis/Cfengine-debian Not only Debian, When we're done the solution is usable for every main package manager Tuesday, February 4th 2014 Martin Simons, Webhuis at Config Management Camp Gent 8
  9. 9. Community effort ● Makes CFEngine more generic ● Obey by FHS rules and regulations ● Required upstream changes, already applied ● Beneficial to CFEngine ● Debian package implies true Open Source ● Back ports in 3.5 will disappear in CFEngine 3.6 ● Applicable to all package management systems Tuesday, February 4th 2014 Martin Simons, Webhuis at Config Management Camp Gent 9
  10. 10. Moving forward with CFEngine ● ● The Debian-team prepare for an up to date CFEngine release A mechanism following the heart beat of the upstream project ● Aimed at Debian Jessie, first release ● Backport to Wheezy ● Other Linux brands are in scope Tuesday, February 4th 2014 Martin Simons, Webhuis at Config Management Camp Gent 10
  11. 11. Debian-team and project page ● ● ● ● Frequent meetings through Hangout Members in and outside of CFEngine, Normation and Volunteers. https://github.com/Webhuis/Cfengine-debian Wiki https://github.com/Webhuis/Cfenginedebian/wiki Tuesday, February 4th 2014 Martin Simons, Webhuis at Config Management Camp Gent 11
  12. 12. Simple build script #!/bin/bash git clone https://github.com/Webhuis/Cfengine-debian.git cd Cfengine-debian git checkout -b pristine-tar origin/pristine-tar git checkout -b upstream origin/upstream git checkout master git buildpackage -uc -us Tuesday, February 4th 2014 Martin Simons, Webhuis at Config Management Camp Gent 12
  13. 13. Small in line video of a build ● Switch to VLC Tuesday, February 4th 2014 Martin Simons, Webhuis at Config Management Camp Gent 13
  14. 14. Call for acion ● Get more information at http://www.cfengine.com ● Try Rudder and ncf ● ● Try a free Enterprise version of CFEngine (25 license pack free, unlimited and full featured use) at http://cfengine.com/evaluate-enterprise Join the conversation at our community mailing list: http://cfengine.com/community-forum ● Watch Mark Burgess' video's ● Buy Diego Zambonis' book ● Keep track of free CFEngine Webinars Tuesday, February 4th 2014 Martin Simons, Webhuis at Config Management Camp Gent 14

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