Don’t forget the -y with FreeBSD Ansible


Benedict Reuschling showed us last year how to use Ansible on FreeBSD at AsiaBSDCon. The key is to bootstrap Python using the raw module, so it can connect. I always thought the claim that Ansible didn’t have dependencies was suspect ;).

I thought I was going crazy this afternoon when my bootstrap playbook seemingly sat there, doing nothing. I ran it with more verbosity, and saw the problem:

Updating FreeBSD repository catalogue...
FreeBSD repository is up to date.
All repositories are up to date.
The following 6 package(s) will be affected (of 0 checked):
New packages to be INSTALLED:
    python3: 3_3
    python36: 3.6.8_2
    readline: 8.0.0
    indexinfo: 0.3.1
    libffi: 3.2.1_3
    gettext-runtime: 0.20.1
Number of packages to be installed: 6
The process will require 107 MiB more space.
16 MiB to be downloaded.
Proceed with this action? [y/N]: Terminated

It will happily just sit there waiting for your input. Using -y will assume the answer is yes.

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