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Re: some questions about cfengine3

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On Tue, Mar 27, 2018 at 10:10:10AM +0200, Morel Bérenger wrote:
> Le Mon, 26 Mar 2018 20:48:31 +0200,
> deloptes <deloptes@xxxxxxxxx> a écrit :
> > Morel Bérenger wrote:
> > 
> > > I have several questions about the cfengine3 package that can be
> > > found in Debian.  
> > 
> > if you have not to maintain legacy, I recommend ansible or puppet. 
> > 
> May I ask why? I must admit I don't know all those things a lot, even
> if I did read a lot about them.

It really depends on your needs/tastes/team.

Cfengine is by far the smallest and least dependent (1.8MB installed
size, no big interpreter). Ansible is 12.8MB, depends on Python (which
will most probably be on your distro anyway) and a bunch of Python
modules. Puppet is 5.9MB and depends on Ruby.

The last two are what the cool kids are doing these days, cfengine is
considerably older -- but most probably simpler to understand.

I think you'll have to look into all of them and judge (yeah, I know ;-)

> I should say I'm not even sure that kind of tool is the right one for
> the task I have in mind: managing a fleet of systems that connect
> through radio connections (3G, 4G, GSM, depends on what we'll have on
> places, I guess).

I think those systems help you in managing similar but slightly
different configurations for many systems. So you seem to be right
with that.

- -- tomás
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