Ansible Setup


Megaphone Ansible scripts assume Ansible 2.4+. If you're using Debian 9, install Ansible from backports.

sudo apt install ansible pass expect
sudo pip2 install python-linode #Needed for generating Linode VMs on the fly

# Debian 9:
sudo apt install -t stretch-backports ansible


Clone the password repo:

mkdir $HOME/.password-store && cd $HOME/.password-store
git clone ssh:// .
# For security reasons, explicitly set the GPG keys who can decrypt passwords you create
cp .gpg-id.example .gpg-id

Clone the ansible repo:

git clone ssh://

Create an ansible.log file and make it world-writable:

sudo touch /var/log/ansible.log
sudo chmod a+w /var/log/ansible.log   

Localhost setup

[Note: You only need this to start managing your OWN host via Ansible, not to use Ansible to manage other servers]

  • sudo apt install acl (This simplifies becoming an unprivileged user)
  • After adding your local computer to the Server List, create a folder for it in <ansibleroot>/group_vars. Set any reasonable defaults, in particular ansible_authorized_keys. This mitigates the security issue of having passwordless sudo access on each other's localhosts.
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