Bullhorn #57

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A Newsletter for the Ansible Developer Community Issue #57, 2022-05-06 (Past Issues)

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KEY DATES ⏱️

cybette shared

GENERAL NEWS UPDATES 🔈️

dmsimard shared

Ansible 6.0.0a2 (including ansible-core 2.13.0rc1) is now available for testing! This is a good opportunity to test the upcoming releases of both ansible and ansible-core and report feedback ahead of their releases. See the release announcement for more information: https://groups.google.com/g/ansible-announce/c/GSFkoR0MWpU

dmsimard said

Hi o/

We're working on implementing regular testing of ansible-test's sanity checks across every collection included in the Ansible community package and found that many are failing sanity tests. It would be great to fix as many as we can before the release of Ansible 6 around 2022-06-21.

Most failures are not critical and there's a lot of low-hanging fruits that could contribute to improving the quality of the modules and plugins that are released. It's OK to ignore rules that are not relevant but these should be specified in versioned files such as tests/sanity/ignore-2.12.txt in order to avoid warnings and errors.

There's documentation on sanity tests here: https://docs.ansible.com/ansible/latest/dev_guide/testing_sanity.html If you are the maintainer of an included collection or would like to help, you can learn more about the effort and the logs from the sanity tests in this issue: https://github.com/ansible-community/community-topics/issues/96

If you'd like to chat about Ansible packaging in general, find us in: - #ansible-community and #ansible-packaging on libera.chat, or - #community:ansible.com and #packaging:ansible.com on matrix

MAJOR NEW RELEASES 🏆️

Antsibull ↗ 🐂

Tooling for building the Ansible package and collection documentation.

felixfontein contributed

antsibull-docs 1.1.0 (changelog) has been released. It improves presentation of lookup plugins, and supports ansible-core 2.14's sidecar docs feature for test and filter plugins.

felixfontein shared

antsibull 0.45.0 (changelog) has been released. It has some improvements for building Ansible.

Ansible ↗ 📦️

The Ansible package includes ansible-core and is a batteries-included package that provides a curated set of Ansible collections. See the Ansible roadmaps for future release plans.

dmsimard contributed

ansible 5.7.1 has been released to address a syntax error that landed in a new version of fortinet.fortios shipped in 5.7.0. We've rolled back the version of the collection to the previous version, 2.1.4. The release announcement is available here: https://groups.google.com/g/ansible-announce/c/GmOhXTtmj_w

COLLECTION UPDATES 🪄

itsbryantp shared

The ibm.ibm_zos_core collection has released version 1.3.3 to Ansible Galaxy and Automation Hub! It addresses a couple of zos_copy and zos_job_query module bugs. See the release notes for more details.

HELP WANTED 🙏

samccann said

Revamping the Ansible Getting Started Guide

We will be rewriting this guide in the coming months and are looking for your feedback on where the stumbling blocks are for new users to Ansible. Add your comments/ideas/feedback to https://github.com/ansible/ansible/issues/77681 and thanks for your help!

COMMUNITY UPDATES 👂️

hunleyd said

The community.postgresql collection maintainers are pleased to announce the immediate availability of a new Matrix room (https://matrix.to/#/#postgresql:ansible.com) for all users interested in the collection! If you're a current user of the collection seeking help (or wanting to help others), a new user interested in finding out about the collection, or just curious about PostgreSQL and how to use it in your Ansible plays, please feel free to join us and have a chat.

gundalow contributed

Pinakes is the upstream community project for Red Hat's Automation Services Catalog product. You can join the discussion in #pinakes:ansible.com (#ansible-pinakes on Libera.chat)

cybette shared

Ansible Contributor Survey

Feedback is really important to us so we can keep on improving the Contributor Experience for our wonderful Ansible Community. Please take a few minutes to fill in the Contributor Survey that we have put together!

PROPOSALS - DISCUSS AND VOTE! 🗳️

andersson007_ contributed

The Community and Steering committee will be grateful for any feedback on the "What to do with a lack of collection inclusion reviews" community topic. The backlog of submitted collections is growing. How can we fix the situation? See the topic for details.

gundalow said

Generic sanity check for all collections

As https://github.com/ansible-community/ansible-build-data/issues/114 showed we should really check the existing collections included in the Ansible package. Some ideas:

  1. Set up some nightly CI that runs some basic sanity checks (like ansible-test sanity --docker -v) on all collections. Let's specify one or two of the stable branches for that.
  2. Give all collections that fail this some time to fix it. If they don't, say, in two months, let's deprecate them with planned removal from Ansible 7. (Doing this for Ansible 6 is too close IMO.)
  3. From then on, warn in advance once new stable branches are added to this CI (and remove old ones so that at most 1-2 of them are active at the same time), with the same rules: if a collection fails CI and doesn't fix it in a certain amount of time (with a new release), they will be deprecated and removed in the next major version of Ansible.

What do you think?

Let us know via community-topics#96

COMMUNITY EVENTS AND MEETUPS 📅

cybette contributed

Ansible München group is organizing an Ansible SpringFest! It will be on Tuesday, May 31st, starting from 18:00 CEST at Einstein Kultur. There will be 2 talks, "Ansible Automation for SAP - Deployment, Operations and Modernization" and "Ansible and Kubernetes - an alternative to Helm". See here for more details and RSVP.

THAT'S ALL FOR NOW!

Have any questions you’d like to ask, or issues you’d like to see covered? Please ask in #social:ansible.com! See you next time!