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consul (66) Versions 2.1.0

Application cookbook which installs and configures Consul.

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Application cookbook which installs and configures Consul.

Consul is a tool for discovering and configuring services within your
infrastructure. This is an application cookbook which takes a
simplified approach to configuring and installing
Consul. Additionally, it provides Chef primitives for more advanced
configuration.

Basic Usage

For most infrastructure we suggest first starting with the default
recipe. This installs and configures Consul from the latest supported
release. It is also what is used to certify platform support through
the use of our integration tests.

This cookbook provides node attributes which are used to fine tune
the default recipe which installs and configures Consul. These values
are passed directly into the Chef resource/providers which are exposed
for more advanced configuration.

Out of the box the following platforms are certified to work and are
tested using our [Test Kitchen][8
] configuration. Additional platforms
may work, but your mileage may vary.

  • CentOS (RHEL) 5.11, 6.7, 7.2
  • Ubuntu 12.04, 14.04
  • Windows 2012r2
  • Debian 7.9, 8.2
  • FreeBSD 10.2

Client

Out of the box the default recipe installs and configures the Consul
agent to run as a service in client mode. The intent here is that
your infrastructure already has a quorum of servers. In order
to configure Consul to connect to your cluster you would supply an
array of addresses for the Consul agent to join. This would be done
in your wrapper cookbook:
ruby
node.default['consul']['config']['start_join'] = %w{c1.internal.corporate.com c2.internal.corporate.com c3.internal.corporate.com}

Server

This cookbook is designed to allow for the flexibility to bootstrap a
new cluster. The best way to do this is through the use of a
wrapper cookbook which tunes specific node attributes for a
production server deployment.

The Consul cluster cookbook is provided as an example.

Advanced Usage

As explained above this cookbook provides Chef primitives in the form
of resource/provider to further manage the install and configuration
of Consul. These primitives are what is used in the default recipe,
and should be used in your own wrapper cookbooks for more
advanced configurations.

Configuration

It is very important to understand that each resource/provider has
defaults for some properties. Any changes to a resource's default
properties may need to be also changed in other resources. The best
example is the Consul configuration directory.

In the example below we're going to change the configuration file from
the default (/etc/consul.json) to one that may be on a special volume.
It is obvious that we need to change the path where consul_config
writes its file to, but it is less obvious that this needs to be
passed into consul_service.

Inside of a recipe in your wrapper cookbook you'll want to do
something like the following block of code. It uses the validated
input from the configuration resource and passes it into the service
resource. This ensures that we're using the same data.
ruby
config = consul_config '/data/consul/default.json'
consul_service 'consul' do
config_file config.path
end

Watches/Definitions

In order to provide an idempotent implementation of Consul
watches and definitions. We write these out as
a separate configuration file in the JSON file format. The provider
for both of these resources are identical in functionality.

Below is an example of writing a Consul service definition for
the master instance of Redis. We pass in several parameters and tell
the resource to notify the proper instance of the Consul service to
reload.
ruby
consul_definition 'redis' do
type 'service'
parameters(tags: %w{master}, address: '127.0.0.1', port: 6379)
notifies :reload, 'consul_service[consul]', :delayed
end

A check definition can easily be added as well. You simply have
to change the type and pass in the correct parameters. The definition
below checks memory utilization using a script on a ten second interval.
ruby
consul_definition 'mem-util' do
type 'check'
parameters(script: '/usr/local/bin/check_mem.py', interval: '10s')
notifies :reload, 'consul_service[consul]', :delayed
end

A service definition with an integrated check can also be created. You will have to define a regular service and then add a check as a an additional parameter. The definition below checks if the vault service is healthy on a 10 second interval and 5 second timeout.
ruby
consul_definition 'vault' do
type 'service'
parameters(
port: 8200,
address: '127.0.0.1',
tags: ['vault', 'http'],
check: {
interval: '10s',
timeout: '5s',
http: 'http://127.0.0.1:8200/v1/sys/health'
}
)
notifies :reload, 'consul_service[consul]', :delayed
end

Finally, a watch is created below to tell the agent to monitor to
see if an application has been deployed. Once that application is
deployed a script is run locally. This can be used, for example, as a
lazy way to clear a HTTP disk cache.
ruby
consul_watch 'app-deploy' do
type 'event'
parameters(handler: '/usr/local/bin/clear-disk-cache.sh')
notifies :reload, 'consul_service[consul]', :delayed
end

A keen eye would notice that we are delaying the reload of the Consul
service instance
. The reason we do this is to minimize the number of
times we need to tell Consul to actually reload configurations. If
there are several definitions this may save a little time off your
Chef run.

ACLs

The consul_acl resource allows management of Consul ACL rules. Supported
actions are :create and :delete. The :create action will update/insert
as necessary.

The consul_acl resource requires the Diplomat Ruby API gem to be
installed and available to Chef before using the resource. This can be
accomplished by including consul::client_gem recipe in your run list.

In order to make the resource idempotent and only notify when necessary, the
id field is always required (defaults to the name of the resource).
If type is not provided, it will default to "client". The acl_name
and rules attributes are also optional; if not included they will be empty
in the resulting ACL.

The example below will create a client ACL token with an ID of the given UUID,
Name of "AwesomeApp Token", and Rules of the given string.
ruby
consul_acl '49f06aa9-782f-465a-becf-44f0aaefd335' do
acl_name 'AwesomeApp Token'
type 'client'
rules <<-EOS.gsub(/^\s{4}/, '')
key "" {
policy = "read"
}
service "" {
policy = "write"
}
EOS
auth_token node['consul']['config']['acl_master_token']
end

Execute

The command-line agent provides a mechanism to facilitate remote
execution. For example, this can be used to run the uptime command
across your fleet of nodes which are hosting a particular API service.
ruby
consul_execute 'uptime' do
options(service: 'api')
end

All of the options available on the command-line can be passed
into the resource. This could potentially be a very dangerous
operation. You should absolutely understand what you are doing. By the
nature of this command it is impossible for it to be idempotent.

Change Log

Unreleased

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Closed issues:

  • no more web ui? #297
  • Windows 2012 R2 Issue #295

v2.0.0 (2016-03-17)

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Implemented enhancements:

  • sysvinit.service.erb has the consul service log to /dev/null #284
  • Refactor the population of TLS files to wrapper cookbooks? #247

Fixed bugs:

  • Updating consul version does not restart consul #251

Closed issues:

  • Key not found: "consul_0.6.3_linux_amd64" #294
  • restart_on_update considered harmful #288
  • Use 'system' attribute when adding consul user & group #287

v1.5.0 (2016-03-07)

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v1.4.3 (2016-02-08)

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v1.4.2 (2016-02-08)

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v1.4.1 (2016-02-05)

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v1.4.0 (2016-02-03)

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Implemented enhancements:

  • Consul ACL custom resource #240

v1.3.1 (2015-10-07)

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v1.3.0 (2015-10-07)

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v1.2.0 (2015-08-24)

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v1.1.1 (2015-08-13)

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v1.1.0 (2015-08-13)

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Closed issues:

  • Update README with new, detailed examples. #200

v1.0.0 (2015-08-06)

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v0.11.1 (2015-07-25)

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v0.11.0 (2015-07-23)

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v0.10.1 (2015-07-10)

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v0.10.0 (2015-06-04)

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v0.10 (2015-06-04)

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v0.9.1 (2015-03-30)

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0.9.0 (2015-03-17)

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v0.8.3 (2015-02-14)

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v0.7.1 (2015-01-24)

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v0.7.0 (2015-01-23)

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v0.6.0 (2014-12-11)

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0.5.1 (2014-11-06)

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v0.4.3 (2014-09-19)

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v0.3.1 (2014-08-29)

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v0.3.0 (2014-07-04)

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v0.2.2 (2014-05-31)

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v0.2.0 (2014-05-09)

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FC009: Resource attribute not recognised: /tmp/cook/15b9c54b8de0deca446c5aea/consul/libraries/consul_installation_package.rb:38
FC019: Access node attributes in a consistent manner: /tmp/cook/15b9c54b8de0deca446c5aea/consul/libraries/consul_service.rb:94
FC023: Prefer conditional attributes: /tmp/cook/15b9c54b8de0deca446c5aea/consul/libraries/consul_service_windows.rb:57
FC028: Incorrect #platform? usage: /tmp/cook/15b9c54b8de0deca446c5aea/consul/libraries/consul_installation_binary.rb:74
FC038: Invalid resource action: /tmp/cook/15b9c54b8de0deca446c5aea/consul/libraries/consul_installation_package.rb:49
FC044: Avoid bare attribute keys: /tmp/cook/15b9c54b8de0deca446c5aea/consul/attributes/default.rb:13