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Ansible Install Options

Kitchen-ansible is very flexible in how it installs ansible:

It installs it in the following order:

  • if require_ansible_omnibus is set to true

    Installs using the omnibus_ansible script specified in the ansible_omnibus_url parameter and passes the ansible_version if specied as -v option.

  • If require_ansible_source is set to true

    Install require packages and download the ansible source from github from master or from a branch specified in the parameter install_source_rev.

  • if require_pip is set to true

    Install require packages and then installs ansible using the python pip command and ansible version must be specified. This allows a specific version of ansible to be installed.

  • if require_ansible_repo is set to true (the default)

    Installs from the operation system repository only with the ansible version that is in the particular repository and will use the ansible_version in the package name where appropriate.

Provisioner Options

kitchen-ansible runs the ansible playbook command with options from parameters in the kitchen.yml file:

key default value Notes
additional_copy_path Arbitrary array of files and directories to copy into test environment, relative to the current dir, e.g. vars or included playbooks
additional_copy_role_path false additional_copy_path directories are appended to the ANSIBLE_ROLES_PATH env var when running ansible
ansible_apt_repo ppa:ansible/ansible apt repo; see /~ansible/+archive/ubuntu/ansible or rquillo/ansible
ansible_binary_path NULL If specified this will override the location where kitchen tries to run ansible-playbook from, i.e. ansible_binary_path: /usr/local/bin
ansible_check false Sets the --check flag when running Ansible
ansible_connection local use ssh if the host is not localhost (Linux) or winrm (Windows) or none if defined in inventory
ansible_cfg_path ansible.cfg location of custom ansible.cfg to get copied into test environment
ansible_diff false Sets the --diff flag when running Ansible
ansible_extra_flags Additional options to pass to ansible-playbook, e.g. '--skip-tags=redis'
ansible_host_key_checking true Strict host key checking in ssh
ansible_inventory Static or dynamic inventory file or directory or 'none' if defined in ansible.cfg
ansible_limit Further limits the selected host/group patterns
ansible_omnibus_remote_path /opt/ansible Server installation location of an Omnibus Ansible install
ansible_omnibus_url /neillturner/omnibus-ansible /master/ Omnibus Ansible install location
ansible_platform Naively tries to determine OS platform of server
ansible_playbook_command Override the Ansible playbook command
ansible_sles_repo /systemsmanagement/SLE_12 /systemsmanagement.repo Zypper SuSE Ansible repo
ansible_source_rev Branch or tag to install Ansible source
ansible_sudo true Determines whether ansible-playbook is executed as root or as the current authenticated user
ansible_vault_password_file Path to Ansible Vault password file
ansible_verbose false Extra information logging
ansible_verbosity 1 Sets the verbosity flag appropriately, e.g.: 1 => '-v', 2 => '-vv', 3 => '-vvv' .... Valid values are: 1, 2, 3, 4 or :info, :warn, :debug, :trace
ansible_version latest Desired version, only affects apt-get installs
ansible_yum_repo nil yum repo for EL platforms
ansiblefile_path Path to Ansiblefile
callback_plugins_path callback_plugins Ansible repo callback_plugins directory
chef_bootstrap_url The Chef install
enable_yum_epel false Enable the yum EPEL repo
env_vars Hash to set environment variable to use with ansible-playbook command
extra_vars Hash to set the extra_vars passed to ansible-playbook command
filter_plugins_path filter_plugins Ansible repo filter_plugins directory
group_vars_path group_vars Ansible repo group_vars directory
host_vars_path host_vars Ansible repo hosts directory
hosts Create Ansible hosts file for localhost with this server group
http_proxy nil Use HTTP proxy when installing Ansible, packages and running Ansible
https_proxy nil Use HTTPS proxy when installing Ansible, packages and running Ansible
idempotency_test false Enable to test Ansible playbook idempotency
ignore_extensions_from_root ['.pyc'] allow extensions to be ignored when copying from roles and recursive_additional_copy_path
ignore_paths_from_root [] allow extra paths to be ignored when copying from roles and recursive_additional_copy_path
kerberos_conf_file Path of krb5.conf file using in Windows support
library_plugins_path library Ansible repo library plugins directory
lookup_plugins_path lookup_plugins Ansible repo lookup_plugins directory
max_retries 1 maximum number of retry attempts of converge command
modules_path Ansible repo manifests directory
no_proxy nil List of URLs or IPs that should be excluded from proxying
playbook default.yml Playbook for ansible-playbook to run
private_key ssh private key file for ssh connection
python_sles_repo /devel:/languages:/python/SLE_12 /devel:languages:python.repo Zypper SuSE python repo
recursive_additional_copy_path Arbitrary array of files and directories to copy into test environment, relative to the current dir, e.g. vars or included playbooks
require_ansible_omnibus false Set to true if using Omnibus Ansible pip install
require_ansible_repo true Set if installing Ansible from a yum or apt repo
require_ansible_source false Install Ansible from source using method described here. Only works on Debian/Ubuntu at present
require_chef_for_busser true Install Chef to run Busser for tests. NOTE: kitchen 1.4 only requires Ruby to run Busser so this is not required.
require_pip false Set to true if Ansible is to be installed through pip).
require_ruby_for_busser false Install Ruby to run Busser for tests
require_windows_support false Install Windows support
requirements_path Path to Ansible Galaxy requirements
retry_on_exit_code [] Array of exit codes to retry converge command against
role_name use when the repo name does not match the name the role is published as.
roles_path roles Ansible repo roles directory
shell_command 'sh' Shell command to use, usually an alias for bash. may need to set to bash.
ssh_known_hosts List of hosts that should be added to ~/.ssh/known_hosts
sudo_command sudo -E sudo command; change to sudo -E -H to be consistent with Ansible
update_package_repos true Update OS repository metadata
wait_for_retry 30 number of seconds to wait before retrying converge command

Configuring Provisioner Options

The provisioner can be configured globally or per suite, global settings act as defaults for all suites, you can then customise per suite, for example:

  name: vagrant

  name: ansible_playbook
  roles_path: roles
  hosts: tomcat-servers
  require_ansible_repo: true
  ansible_verbose: true
  ansible_verbosity: 2
  ansible_diff: true

- name: nocm_ubuntu-12.04
  driver_plugin: vagrant
    box: nocm_ubuntu-12.04

 - name: default

Per-suite Structure

It can be beneficial to keep different Ansible layouts for different suites. Rather than having to specify the roles, modules, etc for each suite, you can create the following directory structure and they will automatically be found: