Long time since my last post. This one is not very technical post, but it’s a nice to have solution if you use grep usually. Are not you fed up to type vim and search the line after a grep command ? If yes, this post is for you. First of all, you may know that an alternative more user friendly to grep exist, called ag (perf comparison). I really like ag and grep, but something make me loose my time since several years and I’m pretty sure it’s your case too.
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Some of you may not be familiar with the terms “Rolling upgrade” or “Rolling restart”. This is the action of upgrading or restarting a cluster without service interruption (alias zero downtime). In most cases, this is done node by node, but in fact it depends of the technology you’re managing and the number of active nodes in your cluster. At Nousmotards we have several Java Spring Boot applications running. Restarting one application can take up to 1 min.
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As I wanted to upgrade it and because it has been asked several time, I upgraded the consul-template Ansible role to manage official binaries (and upgrades). Here are the new vars: consul_template_version: '0.11.0' consul_template_arch: 'linux_amd64' consul_template_http_src: "https://github.com/hashicorp/consul-template/releases/download/v{{consul_template_version}}/consul_template_{{consul_template_version}}_{{consul_template_arch}}.zip" You can of course find the role to Ansible Galaxy: https://galaxy.ansible.com/deimosfr/consul-template/ I hope you’ll enjoy this new version :-)
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I recently had the chance to get the latest MacBookPro 13 for my new work at Criteo. If you follow me and remember, this is not the first time I want to use Debian on a new MacBookPro version. Overview History repeats itself and as you can think, some things are not working out of the box on Debian Jessie. Here are the issues I encountered and how i could fix some of them:
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Debian 8 is out ! After several months of freeze, it’s now ready. I’m really happy about that version because MySecureShell is finally available in the mainstream packages and the second thing is MariaDB available in the latest stable version (10). Unfortunately, Docker is not present because it has too fast cycles to be stable (source). Thanks to Debian teams for this amazing work once again :-)
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For a new project (will talk about it later), I needed to use Neo4J (graph database if you don’t know it yet). I tried to cover more features than the current existing Ansible roles available on Ansible Galaxy. More will come in the next weeks. I also tried to make it simple to install it and do not force dependencies at maximum. Here are parameters you can set:

Select neo4j version neo4j_package: neo4j # community version #neo4j_package: neo4j-advanced #neo4j_package: neo4j-enterprise # Neo4j spatial plugin neo4j_install_spatial: false neo4j_spatial_version: '0.


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Since several weeks, I’m playing a lot with Debian Jessie as a server. I discovered some bugs, reported them to Debian, they’ve been fixed etc…good news! I also wanted to test the new version of LXC. So I decided to upgrade my 2 personal servers to Jessie. But that wasn’t so easy with Systemd. I still encounter non critical issues and going to prepare report bugs for Debian (cgroups issues with systemd).
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Pierre Mavro / Deimosfr


SRE Lead DevOps at Criteo  •  Nousmotards Co-Founder

Paris - France