7. FeaturesΒΆ

But cdist ticks differently, here is the feature set that makes it unique:

There is only one type to extend cdist called type
  • Type and core cleanly separated
  • Sticks completely to the KISS (keep it simple and stupid) paradigm
  • Meaningful error messages - do not lose time debugging error messages
  • Consistency in behaviour, naming and documentation
  • No surprise factor: Only do what is obviously clear, no magic
  • Define target state, do not focus on methods or scripts
  • Push architecture: Instantly apply your changes
Small core
cdist's core is very small - less code, less bugs
Fast development
Focus on straightforwardness of type creation is a main development objective Batteries included: A lot of requirements can be solved using standard types
Modern Programming Language
cdist is written in Python
Requirements, Scalability
No central server needed, cdist operates in push mode and can be run from any computer
Requirements, Scalability, Upgrade
cdist only needs to be updated on the master, not on the target hosts
Requirements, Security
Uses well-know SSH as transport protocol
Requirements, Simplicity
Requires only shell and SSH server on the target
Reuse of existing tools like cat, find, mv, ...
UNIX, familiar environment, documentation
Is available as manpages and HTML
UNIX, simplicity, familiar environment
cdist is configured in POSIX shell