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2020-11-05
Rex-1.13.1

Happy 10th birthday, Rex!

The Rex-1.13.1 release is now available on CPAN. It is focusing on CMDB bugfixes and documentation, while also fixing a missing feature flag. Upgrade is recommended for all users.

2020-10-05
Rex-1.13.0

The Rex-1.13.0 release is now available on CPAN. It adds on_no_change hooks for file management commands to trigger further actions when files are left unchanged. Upgrade is recommended for all users.

2020-09-05
Rex-1.12.2

The Rex-1.12.2 release is now available on CPAN. It fixes various regressions, as well as bugs around file management. Upgrade is highly recommended for all users.

2020-08-05
Rex-1.12.1

The Rex-1.12.1 release is now available on CPAN. It adds documentation for feature flags, and fixes a release packaging issue.

2020-07-05
Rex-1.12.0

The Rex-1.12.0 release is now available on CPAN. It adds support for local rsync operations, improves tab completion for Bash and Zsh, and fixes related bugs. It also discontinues support for running Rex on Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, and older versions since both mainstream and extended support has already ended for these products.

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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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