SaltStack Ubuntu Hostname

SaltStack currently doesn’t set the hostname correctly on Debian/Ubuntu. For example, this won’t work:

      - enabled: True
      - hostname:

Here’s a little shell script I wrote, to get around this problem:

% cat 

hostname $hn
echo $hn > /etc/hostname
sed -i "1s/.*/ localhost $hn/" /etc/hosts

Then apply it using cmd.script, for example:

    - source: salt://soe/
    - args:
    - unless: grep -q "" /etc/hosts

Terraform Presentation

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Git and mercurial abort: revision cannot be pushed

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Split() function for Microsoft MSSQL

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