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Provide example/documentation for side_effect #1599

zstyblik opened this Issue Nov 22, 2018 · 3 comments


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zstyblik commented Nov 22, 2018

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  • Feature request

Molecule and Ansible details

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Desired Behavior


please, would it be possible to provide more documentation/examples of what side_effect is and how to use it. I know the feature exists, but I haven't really found any documentation on what it is, what good is it for or how to use it.



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lwm commented Dec 10, 2018


The side effect playbook executes actions which produce side effects to the instances(s). Intended to test HA failover scenarios or the like. It is not enabled by default. Add the following to the provisioner’s playbooks section to enable.

name: ansible
side_effect: side_effect.yml


This feature should be considered experimental.


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lwm commented Dec 10, 2018

Probably worth to add a note to which is a brain dump for how we can improve the documentation right now. This is definitely not easy to find and we should change that.


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zstyblik commented Dec 10, 2018

@lwm, I appreciate your reply. I've read documentation. I even tried to dig into provisioner related code.

I'm "begging", for the lack of better word, for some example of "do this, do that, voilà you get banana". What kind of "code" should go inside side_effect.yml? Any real world example? Surely, somebody had to use it at least once.

I mean no offense. If no such thing is possible eg. it's experimental and we don't know yet, then it's not possible. I'm cool with that.

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