"The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting." - Sunzi
Sunzi is the easiest server provisioning utility designed for mere mortals. If Chef or Puppet is driving you nuts, try Sunzi!
Sunzi assumes that modern Linux distributions have (mostly) sane defaults and great package managers.
Its design goals are:
- It's just shell script. No clunky Ruby DSL involved. Sunzi recipes are written in a plain shell script. Most of the information about server configuration on the web is written in shell commands. Just copy-paste them, rather than translate it into an arbitrary DSL. Also, Bash is the greatest common denominator on minimum Linux installs.
- Focus on diff from default. No big-bang overwriting. Append or replace the smallest possible piece of data in a config file. Loads of custom configurations make it difficult to understand what you are really doing.
- Always use the root user. Think twice before blindly assuming you need a regular user - it doesn't add any security benefit for server provisioning, it just adds extra verbosity for nothing. However, it doesn't mean that you shouldn't create regular users with Sunzi - feel free to write your own recipes.
- Minimum dependencies. No configuration server required. You don't even need a Ruby runtime on the remote server.
gem install sunzi
Go to your project directory, then:
It generates a
sunzi folder along with subdirectories and templates. Inside
sunzi.yml, which defines dynamic attributes to be used from recipes. Also there's the
remote folder, which will be transferred to the remote server, that contains recipes and dynamic variables compiled from
Go into the
sunzi directory, then run
cd sunzi sunzi deploy example.com
Now, what it actually does is:
- Compile sunzi.yml to generate attributes and retrieve remote recipes
- SSH to
example.comand login as
- Transfer the content of the
remotedirectory to the remote server and extract in
install.shon the remote server
As you can see, all you need to do is edit
install.sh and add some shell commands. That's it.
A Sunzi project with no recipes is totally fine, so that you can start small, go big later.
sunzi # Show command help sunzi create # Create a new Sunzi project sunzi deploy # Deploy Sunzi project sunzi setup # Setup a new VM on the Cloud services sunzi teardown # Teardown an existing VM on the Cloud services
Here's the directory structure that
sunzi create automatically generates:
sunzi/ sunzi.yml ---- add custom attributes and remote recipes here remote/ ---- everything under this folder will be transferred to the remote server attributes/ ---- compiled attributes from sunzi.yml at deploy (do not edit directly) ssh_key recipes/ ---- put commonly used scripts here, referred from install.sh ssh_key.sh install.sh ---- main scripts that gets run on the remote server
How do you pass dynamic values to a recipe?
In the compile phase, attributes defined in
sunzi.yml are split into multiple files, one per attribute. We use filesystem as a sort of key-value storage so that it's easy to use from shell scripts.
The convention for argument passing to a recipe is to use
$2, etc. and put a comment line for each argument.
For instance, given a recipe
# Greeting # $1: Name for goodbye # $2: Name for hello echo "Goodbye $1, Hello $2!"
attributes: goodbye: Chef hello: Sunzi
Then, include the recipe in
source recipes/greeting.sh $(cat attributes/goodbye) $(cat attributes/hello)
Now, you get the following result. Isn't it awesome?
Goodbye Chef, Hello Sunzi!
Recipes can be retrieved remotely via HTTP. Put a URL in the recipes section of
sunzi.yml, and Sunzi will automatically load the content and put it into the
remote/recipes folder in the compile phase.
For instance, if you have the following line in
recipes: rvm: https://raw.github.com/kenn/sunzi-recipes/master/ruby/rvm.sh
rvm.sh will be available and you can refer to that recipe by
You can setup a new VM, or teardown an existing VM interactively. Use
sunzi setup and
sunzi teardown for that.
The following screenshot says it all.
Right now, only Linode is supported, but EC2 and Rackspace are coming.
For DNS, Linode and Amazon Route 53 are supported.
If you're using Sunzi with Vagrant, make sure that you have a root access via SSH.
An easy way is to edit
Vagrant::Config.run do |config| config.vm.provision :shell do |shell| shell.path = "chpasswd.sh" end end
#!/bin/bash sudo echo 'root:vagrant' | /usr/sbin/chpasswd
and now run
vagrant up, it will change the root password to
Also keep in mind that you need to specify the port number 2222.
sunzi deploy localhost:2222