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Oct 12, 2017 - 2 minute read - Comments - puppet devops bolt

Retrospec - the task generator

Puppet introduced Bolt at Puppetconf 2017 this year and so far I like what I see. Simple, easy to use remote task execution without a huge requirement of any one language. Best of all puppet modules can start adding one off bolt tasks to help with the administrative duties of various applications. Bolt makes it really easy to get started but adds some required scaffolding to create a properly defined task, namely the metadata file.

One of the use cases of retrospec puppet is to build out this scaffolding for you with the many generators it has. So starting with version 1.5.0, retrospec can now generate tasks and save you time for other things.

To get started follow these steps:

1. gem install puppet-retrospec
2. cd into your favorite module  (example: testmod)
3. retrospec puppet new_task -n reboot -t bash -p "name, count, amount"

This will create a tasks folder and two files with.

  1. the task file
  2. the task metadata file with the parameters filled in already.

Example run:

retrospec -m ~/testmod puppet new_task -n reboot -t bash -p "name, count, amount"

 + /Users/cosman/testmod/tasks
 + /Users/cosman/testmod/tasks/reboot.sh
 + /Users/cosman/testmod/tasks/reboot.json

All you need to do now is is:

  1. Update the task metadata to match your code and parameter types
  2. Add code to your task
  3. Publish

When you run the generator you can pick from any language and if the one you need is not in the list a generic file will be created.



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