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Version 1.0.6

- Show path on unresolved nodes
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A declarative YAML templating system tuned for BOSH deployment manifests.

installation

Download a release from GitHub, or install with HomeBrew on OS X:

brew tap xoebus/homebrew-cloudfoundry
brew install spiff
spiff

running tests

go get github.com/kr/godep
godep go test -v ./...

usage

spiff merge template.yml [template2.ymll ...]

Merge a bunch of template files into one manifest, printing it out.

See 'dynaml templating language' for details of the template file, or example.yml for a complicated example.

Example:

spiff merge cf-release/templates/cf-deployment.yml my-cloud-stub.yml

spiff diff manifest.yml other-manifest.yml

Show structural differences between two deployment manifests.

Unlike 'bosh diff', this command has semantic knowledge of a deployment manifest, and is not just text-based. It also doesn't modify either file.

It's tailed for checking differences between one deployment and the next.

Typical flow:

$ spiff merge template.yml [templates...] > deployment.yml
$ bosh download manifest [deployment] current.yml
$ spiff diff deployment.yml current.yml
$ bosh deployment deployment.yml
$ bosh deploy

dynaml templating language

Spiff uses a declarative, logic-free templating language called 'dynaml' (dynamic yaml).

Every dynaml node is guaranteed to resolve to a YAML node. It is not string interpolation. This keeps developers from having to think about how a value will render in the resulting template.

A dynaml node appears in the .yml file as an expression surrounded by two parentheses. They can be used as the value of a map or an entry in a list.

The following is a complete list of dynaml expressions:

(( foo ))

Look for the nearest 'foo' key (i.e. lexical scoping) in the current template and bring it in.

e.g.:

fizz:
  buzz:
    foo: 1
    bar: (( foo ))
  bar: (( foo ))
foo: 3
bar: (( foo ))

This example will resolve to:

fizz:
  buzz:
    foo: 1
    bar: 1
  bar: 3
foo: 3
bar: 3

The following will not resolve because the key name is the same as the value to be merged in:

foo: 1

hi:
  foo: (( foo ))

(( foo.bar.[1].baz ))

Look for the nearest 'foo' key, and from there follow through to .bar.baz.

A path is a sequence of steps separated by dots. A step is either a word for maps, or digits surrounded by brackets for list indexing.

If the path cannot be resolved, this evaluates to nil. A reference node at the top level cannot evaluate to nil; the template will be considered not fully resolved. If a reference is expected to sometimes not be provided, it should be used in combination with '||' (see below) to guarantee resolution.

Note that references are always within the template, and order does not matter. You can refer to another dynamic node and presume it's resolved, and the reference node will just eventually resolve once the dependent node resolves.

e.g.:

properties:
  foo: (( something.from.the.stub ))
  something: (( merge ))

This will resolve as long as 'something' is resolveable, and as long as it brings in something like this:

from:
  the:
    stub: foo

(( "foo" ))

String literal. The only escape character handled currently is '"'.

(( "foo" bar ))

Concatenation (where bar is another dynaml expr).

e.g.

domain: example.com
uri: (( "https://" domain ))

In this example uri will resolve to the value "https://example.com".

(( auto ))

Context-sensitive automatic value calculation.

In a resource pool's 'size' attribute, this means calculate based on the total instances of all jobs that declare themselves to be in the current resource pool.

e.g.:

resource_pools:
  - name: mypool
    size: (( auto ))

jobs:
  - name: myjob
    resource_pool: mypool
    instances: 2
  - name: myotherjob
    resource_pool: mypool
    instances: 3
  - name: yetanotherjob
    resource_pool: otherpool
    instances: 3

In this case the resource pool size will resolve to '5'.

(( merge ))

Bring the current path in from the stub files that are being merged in.

e.g.:

foo:
  bar:
    baz: (( merge ))

Will try to bring in foo.bar.baz from the first stub, or the second, etc., returning the value from the first stub that provides it.

If the corresponding value is not defined, it will return nil. This then has the same semantics as reference expressions; a nil merge is an unresolved template. See ||.

(( a || b ))

Uses a, or b if a cannot be resolved.

e.g.:

foo:
  bar:
    - name: some
    - name: complicated
    - name: structure

mything:
  complicated_structure: (( merge || foo.bar ))

This will try to merge in mything.complicated_structure, or, if it cannot be merged in, use the default specified in foo.bar.

(( static_ips(0, 1, 3) ))

Generate a list of static IPs for a job.

e.g.:

jobs:
  - name: myjob
    instances: 2
    networks:
    - name: mynetwork
      static_ips: (( static_ips(0, 3, 4) ))

This will create 3 IPs from mynetworks subnet, and return two entries, as there are only two instances. The two entries will be the 0th and 3rd offsets from the static IP ranges defined by the network.

For example, given the file bye.yml:

networks: (( merge ))

jobs:
  - name: myjob
    instances: 3
    networks:
    - name: cf1
      static_ips: (( static_ips(0,3,60) ))

and file hi.yml:

networks:
- name: cf1
  subnets:
  - cloud_properties:
      security_groups:
      - cf-0-vpc-c461c7a1
      subnet: subnet-e845bab1
    dns:
    - 10.60.3.2
    gateway: 10.60.3.1
    name: default_unused
    range: 10.60.3.0/24
    reserved:
    - 10.60.3.2 - 10.60.3.9
    static:
    - 10.60.3.10 - 10.60.3.70
  type: manual
spiff merge bye.yml hi.yml

returns

jobs:
- instances: 3
  name: myjob
  networks:
  - name: cf1
    static_ips:
    - 10.60.3.10
    - 10.60.3.13
    - 10.60.3.70
networks:
- name: cf1
  subnets:
  - cloud_properties:
      security_groups:
      - cf-0-vpc-c461c7a1
      subnet: subnet-e845bab1
    dns:
    - 10.60.3.2
    gateway: 10.60.3.1
    name: default_unused
    range: 10.60.3.0/24
    reserved:
    - 10.60.3.2 - 10.60.3.9
    static:
    - 10.60.3.10 - 10.60.3.70
  type: manual

.

If bye.yml was instead

networks: (( merge ))

jobs:
  - name: myjob
    instances: 2
    networks:
    - name: cf1
      static_ips: (( static_ips(0,3,60) ))
spiff merge bye.yml hi.yml

instead returns

jobs:
- instances: 2
  name: myjob
  networks:
  - name: cf1
    static_ips:
    - 10.60.3.10
    - 10.60.3.13
networks:
- name: cf1
  subnets:
  - cloud_properties:
      security_groups:
      - cf-0-vpc-c461c7a1
      subnet: subnet-e845bab1
    dns:
    - 10.60.3.2
    gateway: 10.60.3.1
    name: default_unused
    range: 10.60.3.0/24
    reserved:
    - 10.60.3.2 - 10.60.3.9
    static:
    - 10.60.3.10 - 10.60.3.70
  type: manual
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