[rex-users] Re: Thank you for Rex!

  • From: erkiferenc@xxxxxxxxx
  • To: rex-users@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 18 May 2022 10:57:36 +0200

Hi Paul,

On 2022-04-18 08:50, Paul Bütow wrote:

I was searching for a simple way to automate my personal OpenBSD setup. I found 
that configuration management systems like Puppet, Salt, Chef, etc.. were too 
bloated for my personal needs. So for a while I was configuring everything by 
hand. At one point I got fed up and started writing Shell scripts. But that was 
not the holy grail so that I looked at Ansible. I found that Ansible had some 
dependencies on Python on the target machine when you want to use all the 
features. Furthermore, I am not really familiar with Python.

But then I remembered that there was also Rex. It's written in my beloved Perl. 
Also, OpenBSD comes with Perl in the base system out of the box which makes it 
integrate better when all my scripts (automation and also scripts deployed via 
the automation to the system) are all in the same language.

Rex may not have all the features like other configuration management systems, 
but it is easy to work-around or extend when you know Perl.

thank you for your kind words, and I’m glad you find Rex useful!

Sharing your experience is greatly appreciated, and it helps validating the effort spent around the project.

Also, hello to Jan, who may still remembers me from work many years ago :-)

As you may have noticed, this mailing list does not have much activity anymore. Our current channels are listed at:


and you are welcome to join the discussion there too. Until then, I’ll pass your message to him :)


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