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Create new module anaconda #57908

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commented Jun 16, 2019


When deploying a python application that installs from anaconda you essentially have to roll your own scripts to create the anaconda environment, and install the necessary packages. It is even more tedious since the conda utility likely won't be in your environment path. This module ensures that the anaconda environment will be created, and the declared packages will be installed. Simple use cases are covered, but It should be easy to add more features if needed.

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Example usage for declaring an environment

# Create environment and install dependencies
- name: Create flask project
    name: flask_project
      - flask
      - sqlalchemy
      - gunicorn
      - celery
      - conda-forge

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commented Jun 16, 2019

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@lukepafford lukepafford force-pushed the lukepafford:anaconda branch from 5acd294 to 4388bd5 Jun 17, 2019

Create new module anaconda
The Anaconda module will create an Anaconda environment, and
install the specified packages. This module satisfies the most
common use case that I've come across when trying to idempotently
ensure that a system has a specific environment, with specific
packages installed.

If new features are requested to wrap certain arguments of the conda
utility, then it should be easy to add in.

@lukepafford lukepafford force-pushed the lukepafford:anaconda branch from 4388bd5 to 9c555cf Jun 17, 2019

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commented Jul 9, 2019

Anaconda is the name of a distribution. I think it would make more sense to name this module "conda" (the name of the tool).

There is already a WIP PR for a conda module: #40455
It's not complete and hasn't been updated since june 2018.

I know of 2 alternate solutions:

I'd really like to see a conda module in Ansible, but it would be nice to agree on an initial version and start from there...


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commented Jul 9, 2019

Unfortunately I didn't know there were other implementations. My module can definitely be ignored and one of the listed modules can be used. As long as something that works gets integrated into Ansible I'm happy.

In the meantime, before I wrote the module I wasn't aware that conda had idempotent functionality built in. I've been using the following shell script pattern to declare that I want an environment to exist

"${conda}" env update --verbose ---prefix /path/to/environment --file /path/to/environment_file.yml 2>&1 | grep 'LINKING PACKAGE' --quiet

if [[ "${packageUpdated}" -eq 0 ]]; then
    echo "Perform some action on package update"
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