Testing out a potential infra tooling switch
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Testing out a potential infra tooling switch. For infra circle hackers. Terraform is really good for creating infrastructure, not configuring it. However, it allows some hooks to run bash scripts and the like. It's wayyyy easier to setup than Ansible.


Install Terraform:

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install -y gnupg software-properties-common curl
curl -fsSL https://apt.releases.hashicorp.com/gpg | sudo apt-key add -
sudo apt-add-repository "deb [arch=amd64] https://apt.releases.hashicorp.com $(lsb_release -cs) main"
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install terraform


$ terraform init
$ terraform apply
$ terraform destroy

files / commands

  • init: downloads dependencies, stores them in .terraform (downloads hetzner plugin)
  • apply: generates a plan of what it will do, asks, then does it (creates the hetzner server)
  • destroy: reads the .tfstate files & reverses the state (destroys the hetzner server)
  • newhetzner.tf: the file that terraform reads to implement stuff
  • .terraform.lock.hcl: state file that makes us all get the same results for terraform init
  • user_data.yml: a cloud-init script which runs when the new hetzner VPS is created, provisioning commands!


  • *.tf files are rough equivalent of ansible roles. once you run terraform apply it generates a state file. the next time someone runs terraform apply, the state file is read, terraform plan then automatically knows what servers are created, destroyed, etc. instead of having an inventory listing like we have for ansible, we have the actual .tf files & the state files (e.g. this)

  • we can wire up minio as a "backend" (see this) so that terraform apply will store the state files it generates there.

  • unsure how to test but there is this. i'd rather skip all the testing work, it somehow is not really worth it at our scale? i think tool usability is more important for us. can people using it understand what it is doing? then they'll probably be able to fix things.