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2019-07-02
Deprecating official Rex packages

As part of our efforts to simplify maintenance around RexOps projects, we have decided to stop building Rex packages on our side. We recommend relying on OS packages maintained by the various distributions in their respective upstream repositories, or to install Rex from CPAN.

2019-06-09
Post-migration updates & clean-up

Over the course of the past weeks many clean-ups have been done, reaping the benefits provided by our new Statocles-based site:

2019-05-19
New site engine for rexify.org

After months of work on a new site backend, we reached the MVP today for our site to be switched over to a new engine: from now on, our site will be maintained using the static site generator Statocles.

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2016-06-21

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Release notes for 0.40

Common

Added basic CMDB interface.

The first CMDB module is based on YAML files. With this change there will be also a default environment under which rex runs. The default environment is named * drum roll * "default".

use Cwd 'getcwd';
⁠use Rex::CMDB;
⁠
⁠set cmdb => {
⁠  type => "YAML",
⁠  path => getcwd() . "/cmdb",
⁠};
⁠
⁠task "prepare", sub {
⁠  my $vhosts = get cmdb "vhosts";
⁠};

This will search the given cmdb path for the following files (in the named order):

  1. cmdb/$environment/$server.yml
  2. cmdb/$environment/default.yml
  3. cmdb/$server.yml
  4. cmdb/default.yml

If it find the value for "vhosts" in one of these files, it will return that value and exit the search.

VirtualBox

It is now possible to use VirtualBox in headless mode on MacOSX and Linux.

⁠set virtualization => {
⁠  type     => "VBox",
⁠  headless => TRUE
⁠};
⁠
⁠task "foo", sub {
⁠  vm start => "myvm";
⁠};

If you're using Rex/Boxes you can set this option in your YAML file.

type: VBox
vbox:
   headless: true
vms:
   www01:
      url: http://box.rexify.org/box/ubuntu-server-12.10-amd64.ova
      network:
         1:
            type: bridged
            bridge: eth0
      setup: setup_frontend

INI style group files

From Franky Van Liedekerke.

; my group file
[frontends]
fe01
fe02

fe03
fe04
fe05

# the backends
[backends]
be01
be02
;be03
be04

[db]
db[01..02]

use Rex::Group::Lookup::INI;

groups_file "file.ini";

Source global /etc/profile

There is a new setting called source_global_profile. This will source /etc/profile before every run() command.

On some systems this is needed because the user's profile (.bashrc, .bash_profile) doesn't source the global file. Before you use this function consider changing your .bashrc.

⁠source_global_profile TRUE;

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