[CentOS] Suggestions for Config Management Tool
heinlein at madboa.com
Thu May 12 20:13:39 UTC 2016
On Thu, 12 May 2016, Matt Garman wrote:
> The only other one I have any experience with is CFEngine. I
> tried---and I mean really tried---to get something going with
> CFEngine3. I just couldn't get my head around it. The wacky DSL it
> uses for expressing configs just wasn't intuitive to me; the whole
> bootstrapping processes seemed to be overly-complex; I found the
> documentation managed to be lengthy yet still lack real substance.
We currently use puppet at work, but it's a situation I inherited and
my colleagues are fine with it (and, truthfully, it does some things
That said, I used cfengine 1 then 2 and then 3 at prior gigs. The
language for cfengine 3 is "backwards" from prior versions, but it's
really powerful (much more so than puppet's in many cases), esp. its
built-in recursion abilities.
Bootstrapping cfengine is complex -- true.
Documentation lengthy ... lack real substance -- often true.
I've found the best tutorial for cfengine's language to be the
standard cfengine library (cfengine_stdlib.cf). It shows some best
practices and neat tricks that the documentation really doesn't
Paul Heinlein <> heinlein at madboa.com <> http://www.madboa.com/
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