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February Puppet Dev Call

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Yesterday we had the February Puppet Dev Call with unfortunately poor audio, lots of Skype disconnections which for a non native English speaker like me rendered the call difficult to follow (what is strange is that the one I could hear the best was Luke)

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But that was an important meeting, as we know how the development process will continue from now on. It was agreed (because it makes real sense) to have the master as current stable and fork a ‘next’ branch for on-going development of the next version.

The idea is that newcomers will just have to git clone the repository to produce a bug fix or stable feature, without having to wonder (or read the development process wiki page) where/how to get the code.

It was also decided that 0.25 was really imminent with a planned release date later this month.

Arghhh, this doesn’t leave me lots of time to finish the Application Controller stuff I’m currently working on. The issue is that I procrastinated a little bit with the storeconfigs speed-up patch (which I hope will be merged for 0.25), and a few important 0.24.x bug fixes.

There was also a discussion about what should be part of the Puppet core and what shouldn’t (like the recent zenoss patch). Digression: I’m considering doing an OpenNMS type/provider like the Zenoss or Nagios one.

Back to the real topic. It was proposed to have a repository of non-core features, but this essentially only creates more troubles, including but not limited to:

  • Versioning of interdependent modules
  • Modules dependencies
  • Modules distribution
  • Testing (how do you run exhaustive tests if everything is scattered ?)
  • Reponsability

Someone suggested (sorry can’t remember who) that we need a packaging system to fill this hole, but I don’t think it is satisfactory. I understand the issue, but have no immediate answer to this question (that’s why I didn’t comment on this topic during the call).

Second digression: if you read this and want to contribute to Puppet (because that’s a wonderful software, a great developer team, a nicely and well-done codebase), I can’t stress you too much to read the following wiki pages:

Also come by to #puppet and/or the puppet-dev google groups, we’re ready to help!