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Terrachain (alpha)

The purpose of the "terrachain" format is to enable the execution of a sequence of terraform modules, feeding the output of one into the input for another. In particular this enables workflows where one module creates a Kubernetes cluster, and a later module deploys into that Kubernetes cluster.

See the Terraform documentation and this GitHub issue for motivation.

Example of a configuration that terrachain can apply:

  # The modules get terraform-applied in order, with the outputs from each
  # being passed into the inputs to the next. It is up to the module authors to
  # ensure the inputs & outputs match up in such a way that they are mutually
  # compatible.
  - name: aks
      autoscaling: on
  - name: kfp

Or a simpler example, just installing mlflow onto an existing Kubernetes cluster (assumes kubeconfig file in default location or KUBECONFIG or similar env var is set):

  - name: mlflow

The terrachain format can be consumed by the Combinator app and the SAME project with:

same init -f

As a special case, if a provider outputs a variable called kubeconfig_contents, that file will be written to a temporary file and then the path to the temporary file passed to later modules in both KUBECONFIG and KUBE_CONFIG_PATH environment variables for convenience.

If no KUBE_CONFIG_PATH variable is set, and no previous module outputs a kubeconfig_contents, terrachain will set it to ~/.kube/config to workaround this issue.

There are some sample terrachain configs at