Provisioning my MacBook with Ansible

November 17, 2022
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I wrote before how I scripted the setup of my Apple MacBook pro. At the time, I used a combination of bash scripts, Brewfile and Mackup. This was better than nothing, but it was not really runnable over and over.

In the meantime, Adam Johnson blogged about his setup, using Ansible, and I was curious about it. I never used Ansible by was interested to play with it, and it seemed like a good use case. I tried to adapt it for my need, but I quickly realised that I wasn’t ready to actually run it on my machine (and therefore test it): I didn’t want to mess anything.

Recently, my Mac had a hardware issue, and it came back from repairs wiped, so I decided to give it another go. I forked Adam’s repo and started by removing everything I didn’t understand/needed. I ended up keeping mostly the brew packages, casks and the pyenv versions. And with a fresh machine, I was able to test it out.

Once my machine was setup, I was able to add more tasks to install some packages with pipx, and by running the playbook again, Ansible added what was missing. I’m still using Mackup to back up & restore my preferences, but I’m considering moving that to Ansible as well.

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