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From "Christopher Rigor (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (COUCHDB-2008) CI: Create repeatable images for different operating system configurations
Date Fri, 20 Dec 2013 15:28:19 GMT


Christopher Rigor commented on COUCHDB-2008:

Packer can create images. It uses provisioners like Ansible (other options are Chef and Puppet).
Since we don't manage the host we won't be able to use the images created by Packer. We can
and should still use Ansible to set up the VMs.

Either way we'll start with Ansible. I have some experience with it so definitely want to
help out.

I'm adding here the list of VMs that are currently available (from

We should probably add newer Ubuntu VMs.

> CI: Create repeatable images for different operating system configurations
> --------------------------------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: COUCHDB-2008
>                 URL:
>             Project: CouchDB
>          Issue Type: New Feature
>          Components: Infrastructure
>            Reporter: Jan Lehnardt
> Dave suggests to look into Ansible & Packer to create images for CI.
> The idea would be to run these configurations on the CI server and controlled by Jenkins.
It should also be possible to set up a configuration locally that matches the CI box exactly,
so one can do debugging under the same circumstances the CI server runs tests.
> The requirement for now is that it all needs to work with a set of VMs that we have SSH
access to, but we don’t manage the host. I’m not too familiar with all the automation
and VM image packaging tools, so I don’t know if one or another is useful in that context
or not.

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