Onboarding Fedora Infrastructure

I'm using / working on Fedora since FC-1 and just recently joined the Infrastructure team.

My first task was getting up to speed wrt ansible as all of the repeating tasks of the team are automated. Fortunately there are lots of tutorials and documents available on the web, as usual some of them outdated or incorrect, but where's the fun in having everything working out of the box ?  A good starting point is Ansible's own documentation, i.e. https://docs.ansible.com/ansible/latest/user_guide/intro_getting_started.html , but I've also read some german docs like https://jaxenter.de/multi-tier-deployment-mit-ansible-76731 or the very basic intro https://www.biteno.com/tutorial/ansible-tutorial-einfuehrung/

There are a couple of hundred  playbooks in the infrastructure ansible git repository (https://infrastructure.fedoraproject.org/cgit/ansible.git/) with an inventory of almost 900 hosts. I run into problems when I tried to fix https://pagure.io/fedora-infrastructure/issue/8156 , which is about cleaning up ansible_distribution conditionals. Many playbooks already check for ansible_distribution == "RedHat" or ansible_distribution == "Fedora", but as a newbie in Fedora-Infrastructure I have no idea which distribution a certain host is currently running and if a given playbook will ever be run for this host. Does adding checks for the distribution even make sense when conditions maybe never become true ? What seems to be missing (at least I haven't found it) is a huge map with all our machines together with a description of the OS they are running and which playbooks apply to them. There is an ancient (3yrs) old issue open (https://pagure.io/fedora-infrastructure/issue/5290) that already requests and implements part of this, but unfortunately there has been no progress for some time now.


Looking at the nagios map of all our hosts, there already seem to be  host groups 'RedHat' 'CentOS' and 'Fedora', so at least part of the required  information is already available.


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