In thinking harder about the bootstrap process, it struck me that the
"bastion" group we have is two separate ideas that become a bit
confusing because they share a name.
We have the testing and production paths that need to find a single
bridge node so they can run their nested Ansible. We've recently
merged changes to the setup playbooks to not hard-code the bridge node
and they now use groups["bastion"] to find the bastion host -- but
this group is actually orthogonal to the group of the same name
defined in inventory/service/groups.yaml.
The testing and production paths are running on the executor, and, as
mentioned, need to know the bridge node to log into. For the testing
path this is happening via the group created in the job definition
from zuul.d/system-config-run.yaml. For the production jobs, this
group is populated via the add-bastion-host role which dynamically
adds the bridge host and group.
Only the *nested* Ansible running on the bastion host reads
s-c:inventory/service/groups.yaml. None of the nested-ansible
playbooks need to target only the currently active bastion host. For
example, we can define as many bridge nodes as we like in the
inventory and run service-bridge.yaml against them. It won't matter
because the production jobs know the host that is the currently active
bridge as described above.
So, instead of using the same group name in two contexts, rename the
testing/production group "prod_bastion". groups["prod_bastion"]
will be the host that the testing/production jobs use as the bastion
host -- references are updated in this change (i.e. the two places
this group is defined -- the group name in the system-config-run jobs,
and add-bastion-host for production).
We then can return the "bastion" group match to bridge*.opendev.org in
This fixes a bootstrapping problem -- if you launch, say,
bridge03.opendev.org the launch node script will now apply the
base.yaml playbook against it, and correctly apply all variables from
the "bastion" group which now matches this new host. This is what we
want to ensure, e.g. the zuul user and keys are correctly populated.
The other thing we can do here is change the testing path
"prod_bastion" hostname to "bridge99.opendev.org". By doing this we
ensure we're not hard-coding for the production bridge host in any way
(since if both testing and production are called bridge01.opendev.org
we can hide problems). This is a big advantage when we want to rotate
the production bridge host, as we can be certain there's no hidden