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Re: Distributing static content

On 5/25/07, Dennis Gilmore <dennis ausil us> wrote:
Once upon a time Friday 25 May 2007, Mike McGrath wrote:
> Over the last couple of weeks we've been using puppet to distribute
> static content across some of our application servers and proxy servers.
> Static content might include the new static webpage or an application
> like our accounts system.
> This has proved to be a bit of an issue.  Puppet wasn't really designed
> to do this and as such puts a noticeable load on the boxes while running
> as well as causing longer runs.  Puppet works for this but we're
> currently into it managing thousands of files and initial deploys take a
> long time :)  In the past we'd discussed moving some things (like
> turbogears apps) around using rpms.  We can do that with tg pretty
> easily.  But what about other static content, images, things like that?
> This needs to be scriptable from start to finish, here's the options as
> I see them:
> 1.  Straight nfs mount (boo)
> 2. nfs mount to cron copy the files
> 3. recursive wget to an http store somewhere
> 4. rsync via ssh keys or rsync server (I'm currently leaning towards this)
> 5. Figure out how to make puppet more efficient with large numbers of
> files.
> We've got a whole pool of sysadmins on this list.  How do you deal with
> these issues in your current environments?
how about using cvs and scripting a checkout of the content?  i wuld say
either that or rsync.   since alot of it like the accounts system is already
in cvs why not use that?
I was going to sugest SVN, but roughly the same thing.  Have it
checked in and automate a check-out.  You can even checkout things
only tagged for that machine if you want.  I think you could use
Puppet to kick-off the checkout.



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