[Ala-portal] Ansible changes removes local caches - intended?

Tim Robertson [GBIF] trobertson at gbif.org
Tue Jun 3 14:00:22 CEST 2014

Thanks Dave - a good point I hadn’t considered. 
Let’s leave it for now then, but we might want to consider somehow getting the artifacts cached and replicated (nexus seems like a decent option for that).


On 03 Jun 2014, at 13:50, <David.Martin at csiro.au> <David.Martin at csiro.au> wrote:

> Hi Tim,
> I made that change during a big refactor - but for selfish reasons.
> Use of local repo from my home internet connection to external VMs (EC2 and Nectar - an Aussie provider) made running the scripts from scratch too slow to use/test. Testing with vagrant is very useful, but up until point.
> I think Australia lacks the internet speeds (particularly upload speeds) of the scandinavia :)
> Perhaps we need a toggle to use local repo or not. Or alternatively a way of replicating artefacts to other maven repositories so that it isnt slow from other countries.
> Cheers
> Dave
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> Subject: [Ala-portal] Ansible changes removes local caches - intended?
> Hi ALA folks
> With this commit: https://github.com/gbif/ala-install/commit/d5b6394f44aa82451079d84f646e200caafbd2a8
> Things like the following were removed:
> -- name: determine if the application is in our local repo
> -  local_action: stat path={{local_repo_dir}}/{{biocache_service}}.war
> -  register: biocache_war_path
> -
> -- name: fetch application if it is not in our local repo
> -  local_action: get_url url={{biocache_service_url}} dest={{local_repo_dir}}/{{biocache_service}}.war
> -  when: biocache_war_path.stat.exists == false
> The original design was to pull the large artifacts to a local directory once (the .ala folder) so that if you were provisioning different environments (locally, uat, production etc) you weren’t troubled with huge download times for each environment.
> Was this an oversight perhaps?  In Europe we see 10s of minutes in this stage, hence the original design to cache locally.
> If we get into proper maven releases and versioned artifacts deployed to nexus, we can start mirroring nexus repositories to bring back data locality too (plus it’ll use the local .m2 repo directory on the host).
> Any thoughts on this?  Would you like me to revert those changes?
> Thanks,
> Tim
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