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Mastering SaltStack

By : Joseph Hall
Book Image

Mastering SaltStack

By: Joseph Hall

Overview of this book

Table of Contents (19 chapters)
Mastering SaltStack
About the Author
About the Reviewers

Understanding the Loader

The Loader system is at the heart of how Salt works. In a nutshell, Salt is a collection of modules, tied together with the Loader. Even the transport mechanisms, which enable communication between and define the Master, Minion, and Syndic hierarchies make use of modules that are managed by the Loader.

Dynamic modules

Salt's Loader system is a bit unconventional. Traditionally, most software has been designed to require all components that are supported to be installed. This is not the case with every package, of course. The Apache Web Server is an example of one project that supports a number of components that need not all be installed. Debian-based operating systems manage Apache modules by providing their modules-available/ and modules-enabled/ directories. RedHat-based systems take a different approach: all components that are supported by Apache's httpd package are required to be installed with it.

Making such a demand with Salt is beyond unrealistic. So many...