Bullhorn #49

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A Newsletter for the Ansible Developer Community Issue #49, 2022-03-10 (Past Issues)

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cybette said


cybette contributed

The next Ansible Contributor Summit will be on April 12, 2022 (Tuesday). Please take a look at the HackMD note - add your names & propose topics - and save the date! (Subscribe to the ical from URL instead of importing it so that any updates to the event will be reflected in your calendar.)



Projects to make it easier to write and test Ansible Content. Includes VScode extension, language server, ansible-lint, molecule, ansible-navigator and potentially other development goodies. To see what's planned, and how you can help checkout the foundation-devtools project board

ssbarnea shared

First pre-release for ansible-lint v6 is out, now being able to reformat documents. More details at https://github.com/ansible-community/ansible-lint/discussions/1955


andersson007_ shared

community.network collection versions 1.3.6, 2.2.1, and 3.1.0 have been released! Special thanks to felixfontein!


Markus @RealRockaut contributed

for community.zabbix: With the release of Zabbix 6.0 LTS we would love to get some help on blocking issues like with the integration of a new scripts module. Thank you for your attention!

samccann shared

Looking for a way to contribute to Ansible? How about starting with one of these easyfix issues?


gundalow shared

Improving Ansible documentation by unversioning some guides

Today, we have multiple files that we only maintain in /devel/. Historically, we had problems keeping these files up to date in other branches (latest and older). The docs team chose to publish the following pages only to devel and put a stub page up in latest and earlier releases to point to devel:

While this has worked well to keep the relevant docs current, it can be a cause of confusion. One recent reader was confused that we were pointing them to a devel page which has the banner that says this is not a guaranteed stable branch.

We have another set of guides (the community and contributor guides) that are getting a significant overhaul in devel. These guides are not specific to any release (core or Ansible package), but because we publish only to versioned urls, we force these guides to be 'versioned'.

We'd really welcome feedback from users, contributors and folks that have helped with the documentation via ansible-community/community-topics#68.

gundalow contributed

Revamping the community and contributor documentation

We have docs in three places today for contributors: * ansible/ansible in the community folder * ansible/community-docs - more collection focused * ansible-collections/overview - has deeper collection contribution details

Since only the first one is published to docs.ansible.com, we need to find a way to publish the details from the other two repositories.

This is a complex issue, and will shape how we structure the wide range of Ansible Documentation in the future. We'd really like to get your thoughts, and to hear your ideas via community-topics#60.

felixfontein said

We are looking for feedback on a new rule for collections included in Ansible on which files are allowed to be used by plugins, roles, and playbooks in this collection. If you maintain a collection that is included in Ansible, please look at the corresponding community discussion topic to see how this rule could look like and whether this is a problem for your collection. Thanks!

mariolenz shared

While most examples should go into the EXAMPLES block in the module documentation, some collections have an examples/ directory for more complex ones showing how to combine several modules or roles to achieve something.

Discussion: Should there be a standard place for examples?


JulianF said

Self-Host a Matrix Map Tile Server

Following Element's recent announcement of location sharing with support for self-hosted map tile server, I went ahead and set up one, and have written a blog post about it, explaining how to go a little further than the currently published guide, and with Ansible scripts included.


cybette said

The Ansible Community will have a presence at Chemnitz Linux Days 2022 this weekend (March 12-13), with some talks (in German) as well as a virtual booth. Thanks to Daniel Schier for orchestrating the details!

cybette contributed

If you're in the Minneapolis area, join Ansible Minneapolis on March 17 for March Meetup at Utepils, grab a beverage and talk some Ansible.


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