Bug 1312193 - Create subpackage with contents of contrib
Create subpackage with contents of contrib
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: ansible (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Kevin Fenzi
Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
: 1476272 (view as bug list)
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Reported: 2016-02-25 22:33 EST by Graeme Gillies
Modified: 2017-12-12 06:03 EST (History)
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Description Graeme Gillies 2016-02-25 22:33:46 EST

We are interested in shipping/reusing the inventory modules that are in the ansible git repo under contrib, at


Because of licensing we can't directly take the inventory module we want in tree, so I was hoping it would be possible to create a subpackage from the ansible package called ansible-contrib (or something like that), that contains all the inventory and vault modules from the location in git above, so that way we can simply depend on that package and do a symlink to it from our ansible inventory path.

This would also allow people to have a source for getting upgrades to those inventory modules automatically though normal yum means.


Comment 1 Toshio Ernie Kuratomi 2016-02-26 00:59:07 EST
contrib is shipped in the tarball so we don't have to get it from the repo.  (vault contrib scripts aren't present until 2.1.0 but you only need the inventory scripts for now, right?).

Where should we ship the files on disk?   docs?  libexecdir/ansible/{inventory,vault}/ ?
Comment 2 Toshio Ernie Kuratomi 2016-02-26 01:02:17 EST
Would we want to use rpm dependencies to make sure proper deps are installed?  (unlike modules, the dynamic inventory  scripts will only run on the controller.)  If  so, maybe we want a subpackage for each dynamic inventory script?  (at least, if it adds a dep)?
Comment 3 Kevin Fenzi 2016-02-27 11:29:14 EST
Well, there's some of them we can't ever satisfy the dependency's for... like vmware ones or osx ones. 

Do people typically use these exactly as is? Or do they tend to tweak them for their local needs?

I guess I would lean toward just one subpackage that has them as docs (or if they aren't that big, just adding them to docs in the main package). Sorting out requires could be difficult and many we just won't be able to satisfy in Fedora.
Comment 4 Graeme Gillies 2016-02-28 16:15:18 EST
I agree with the above, I am happy for them to just go in one subpackage with no dependencies, and let the user install needed dependencies for the inventory plugin they plan on using manually. I think that will keep things the sanest for everyone involved.

Weather they are in a docs package or a real subpackage I don't mind, I'm just not sure if fedora packaging policy will allow us to ship executable code (which most of the plugins are) as part of docs?

I'd prefer them to be packaged and shipped in a location where they can run directly (so I guess libexecdir) and not have to be copied somewhere else. This means as rpm package upgrades get shipped I get the latest inventory plugin code without having to resync it from another location


Comment 5 Jim Perrin 2016-07-13 16:14:52 EDT
Yup. I agree, this would be very nice to have.
Comment 6 Kevin Fenzi 2016-07-19 16:17:02 EDT
So, sounds like everyone is ok with shipping a subpackage with them all in libexecdir with no deps added? We should also add a readme that notes deps will need to be installed manually, etc. 

If everyone is ok with that, I can try and look at doing that this weekend, or of course if anyone else wants to work on it before that and provide a patch, please feel free. ;)
Comment 7 Jim Perrin 2016-07-20 14:47:36 EDT
I started kicking around a patch for this, however most of them have either an .ini or .yml config file that's expected to be in the same path. I'd rather not put config files into libexecdir. What do folks think of /etc/ansible/contrib, and a ton of symlinks into libexecdir/name ?
Comment 8 Graeme Gillies 2016-07-20 21:59:17 EDT
I'm personally ok with /etc/ansible/contrib and symlinks, I'd been keen to hear what other people say.

I'm also ok if the files are just stored in /usr/share/ansible/contrib and it's up to the admin to manually copy them out or symlink into their inventory path (either system or local), but I guess that's a violation of Fedora Packaging Guidelines


Comment 9 Kevin Fenzi 2016-07-23 18:12:08 EDT
Can we do /etc/ansible/contrib for the config and somehow adjust things so it looks in /usr/share/ansible/contrib for the scripts themselves?

If not, I guess we could do symlinks.
Comment 10 Jan Kurik 2016-07-26 00:30:35 EDT
This bug appears to have been reported against 'rawhide' during the Fedora 25 development cycle.
Changing version to '25'.
Comment 11 Jim Perrin 2016-07-28 11:49:07 EDT
There isn't any common structure to the scripts for how they reference the .ini, other than that they expect it to exist in the same dir as the script itself. For example, gce.py uses:

gce_ini_default_path = os.path.join(
      os.path.dirname(os.path.realpath(__file__)), "gce.ini")

While azure_rm.py uses:

def _load_settings(self):
        basename = os.path.splitext(os.path.basename(__file__))[0]
        path = basename + '.ini'

While they're all reasonably similar in nature, they're different enough that patching them isn't simple. I'm lazy, and it seems easier to give symlinks a shot rather than patch all the scripts.
Comment 12 Kevin Fenzi 2017-07-28 19:05:26 EDT
*** Bug 1476272 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
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