Twas the night before christmas and not a creature was stirring save an infrastructure engineer.

The rest of my family has gone to sleep, the tree is nicely lit and tomorrow will come early. But we’re burning SLO and the contract will expire for Void’s current build machine on the 31st of December. I’m capturing all the state with Ansible to stand up the new build server on the 26th so that it will be ready to go in the next few days.

A few months ago I realized that for CV I’d built up a collection of modules and tooling for managing Void. I also realized that I had some skill in terms of systems operations that not all developers have. To this end I offered to manage the Void fleet with Ansible. At this point I manage pretty much all of it with a series of dense playbooks. It works well and I wouldn’t be surprised at all if Void is the only distribution that is fully Ansible managed.

Update January 2017: Cutover succesful! Even after a disk array took out the entire build system it was only a quick push with Ansible to set everything up again. Mission accomplished!