Upgrade notes

This document contains information and notes about any changes that are required in the Ansible inventory or the IT infrastructure managed by DebOps to perform the upgrades between different stable releases.


Nothing new yet.

v0.7.2 (2018-03-28)

No changes.

v0.7.1 (2018-03-28)

X.509 certificate changes

  • The debops.pki role now generates the default X.509 certificate for the domain PKI realm with a wildcard entry for the host's FQDN (for example, *.host.example.org). This will be true by default on new hosts introduced to the cluster; if you want your old hosts to have the new X.509 certificates, you need to recreate the domain PKI realm by removing the /etc/pki/realms/domain/ directory on the remote hosts and re-running the debops.pki role against them.

    The change is done in the pki_default_realms variable, if you redefined it in the Ansible inventory, you might want to update your version to include the new SubjectAltName entry.

  • The latest acme-tiny Python script uses ACMEv2 API by default, and the debops.pki role is now compatible with the upstream changes. The ACME certificates should work out of the box in new PKI realms, after the acme-tiny installation is updated.

    The existing PKI realms will stop correctly regenerating Let's Encrypt certificates, because their configuration is not updated automatically by the role. The presence of the acme/error.log file will prevent the acme-tiny script from requesting the certificates to not trip the Let's Encrypt rate limits.

    Easiest way to fix this is to remove the entire PKI realm (/etc/pki/realms/*/ directory) and re-run the debops.pki role against the host. The role will create a new PKI realm based on the previous configuration and ACME certificates should start working again. Services like nginx that have hooks in the /etc/pki/hooks/ directory should be restarted automatically, you might need to manually restart other services as needed.

    Alternatively, you can update the Let's Encrypt API URL in the realm's config/realm.conf file by replacing the line:




    This should tell the pki-realm script to send requests for new certificates to the correct URL. You still need to run the debops.pki role against the host to install the updated pki-realm script and update the acme-tiny script.

Role changes

  • The debops.debops role now uses the debops.ansible role to install Ansible instead of doing it by itself. The relevant code has been removed, see the debops.ansible role documentation for new variables.

  • The debops-contrib.kernel_module role has been replaced by the debops.kmod role. All of the variable names have been changed, as well as their usage. See the documentation of the new role for more details.

  • The debops.proc_hidepid role was modified to use a static GID 70 for the procadmins group to allow synchronization between host and LXC containers on that host. The role will apply changes in the /etc/fstab configuration file, but it will not change existing /proc mount options. You need to remount the filesystem manually, with a command:

    ansible all -b -m command -a 'mount -o remount /proc'

    The /proc filesystem mounted inside of LXC containers cannot be remounted this way, since it's most likely mounted by the host itself. You will need to check the LXC container configuration in the /var/lib/lxc/*/config files and update the mount point options to use the new static GID. Restart the LXC container afterwards to remount the /proc filesystem.

    You will also need to restart all services that rely on the procadmins group, for example snmpd, to activate the new GID.

  • The debops.sysctl configuration has been redesigned. The role now uses YAML lists instead of YAML dictionaries as a base value of the sysctl__*_parameters default variables. The kernel parameter configuration format has also been changed to be easy to override via Ansible inventory. Role can now configure multiple files in /etc/sysctl.d/ directory. Refer to the role documentation for details.

Inventory variable changes

  • The debops.netbox role has been updated, some variable names were changed:

    Old variable name New variable name Changed value
    netbox__config_netbox_username netbox__config_napalm_username No
    netbox__config_netbox_password netbox__config_napalm_password No
  • The variables that specify files to ignore in the new debops.etckeeper role have been renamed from their old versions in debops-contrib.etckeeper role, and their value format changed as well. See the documentation of the new role for details.

v0.7.0 (2018-02-11)

This is mostly a maintenance release, dedicated to reorganization of the DebOps git repository and expanding documentation.

Role changes

  • The debops.nodejs role now installs NPM using a script in upstream git repository. This might cause issues with already installed NPM package, because of that it will be automatically removed by the role if found. You should verify that the role behaves correctly on existing systems before applying it in production.
  • The debops.gunicorn role has rewritten configuration model based on systemd instanced units. The existing configuration shouldn't interfere, however you might need to update the Ansible inventory configuration variables to the new syntax.

Inventory variable changes

  • The localization configuration previously located in the debops.console role is now located in the debops.locales role. List of default variables that were affected:

    Old variable name New variable name Changed value
    console_locales locales__default_list No
    console_locales_default locales__system_lang No

    There are also new localization variables for all hosts, group of hosts, specific hosts and dependent roles.

  • The /etc/issue and /etc/motd configuration has been removed from the debops.console role and is now done by the debops.machine role. List of default variables that were affected:

    Old variable name New variable name Changed value
    console_issue machine__organization No
    console_motd machine__motd No

    The support for dynamic MOTD has been implemented by the debops.machine role, you might want to use that instead of the static MOTD file.

  • Configuration of the /proc hidepid= option has been removed from the debops.console and is now available in the new debops.proc_hidepid Ansible role. List of default variables that were affected:

    Old variable name New variable name Changed value
    console_proc_hidepid proc_hidepid__enabled No
    console_proc_hidepid_level proc_hidepid__level No
    console_proc_hidepid_group proc_hidepid__group No

    The logic to enable/disable the hidepid= configuration has been moved to the proc_hidepid__enabled variable to be more accessible. The role creates its own set of Ansible local facts with new variable names, you might need to update configuration of the roles that relied on them.

  • Configuration of the sysnews package has been removed from the debops.console role, it's now available in the debops.sysnews Ansible role. There were extensive changes in the variable names and parameters, read the documentation of the new role for details.

v0.6.0 (2017-10-21)

This is an initial release based off of the previous DebOps roles, playbooks and tools located in separate git repositories. There should be no changes needed between the old and the new infrastructure and inventory.