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pepperboard 2.2

Simple and modular dashboard toolkit for SaltStack

# Pepperboard

Pepperboard is a simple and modular dashboard toolkit for SaltStack. It also permits you to create your own dashboards.

For now, it needs to be run directly on the salt-master server

#### Index
1. [Installation](#installation)
2. [Usage](#usage)
3. [Dashboards](#dashboards)
4. [Screenshots](#screenshots)
5. [Development](#development)
6. [TODO](#todo)
7. [Licence and copyright](#licence-and-copyright)

# Installation
## Dependencies
* Python modules :
* futures
* psutil
* salt
* External tools :
* salt-master (needs to be run on the salt master)
* Using Debian Jessie (with Backports enabled) :
aptitude install python-psutil python-concurrent.futures
* If you want to use psutil from the pip package, simply install the python-dev package.

## Installation
First, install the dependencies given in the dependencies section.

Then you have 3 ways to install Pepperboard (all using the root user) :

Using pip :
pip install pepperboard
From the upstream repository :
pip install git+
From a copy of the upstream repository :
git clone
cd pepperboard
python install

# Usage
* It needs to be run locally on the Salt Master server.
* It's preferable to run pepperboard as the root user, because it needs rights on the salt-master.
* If you don't want it, here is the rights list you need to allow on the user for each dashboard :
* dashboard highstates : state.highstate
* dashboard upgrades : pkg.list_upgrades
* dashboard mgrains : grains.items
* Something like that in the master configuration should do the trick :
- state.highstate
- pkg.list_upgrades
- grains.items
* It also need the right to write the output files.
* Simple list of available arguments :
* --help|-h : Prints an awesome help message
* --output=|-o : comma separated values of files to write dashboards given with the "-d" argument.
* --dashboards=|-d : comma separated values of dashboards.
* --threads=|-t : comma separated values of threads count to be used (must be greater than 0). Prefix the number by "f" if you want more threads than CPU cores count.
* --grains=|-g : comma separated values of grains to be used with the mgrains dashboard. This argument implies "-d 'mgrains'".
* --dellapikey=|-a : Dell API key used by the dellwarranty dashboard. This argument implies "-d 'mgrains'".
* --list|-l : List available dashboards.
* List available dashboards :```pepperboard -l```
* Example output :
* Generate 1 dashboard using default threads count : ```pepperboard -d 'upgrades' -o '/var/www/upgrades.html'```
* -o and -d arguments are CSV list, if you want multiples dashboards, simply separate them using a comma :```pepperboard -d 'upgrades,highstates' -o '/var/www/upgrades.html,/var/www/highstates.html'```
* In this example, the upgrades dashboard will be written in /var/www/upgrades.html and the highstates dashboard will be written in /var/www/highstates.html.
* Optional arguments
* --threads|-t : Specify thread count for dashboards (must be greater than 0), it's a list, the same as -o and -d arguments.
* If you want to use more threads than CPU cores, add "f" before the thread count.
* Example : "f32" will force the dashboard to be generated using 32 threads even though the CPU hasn't enough CPU cores.
* --grains|-g : Specify the grains to be included in the mgrains dashboard.
* Example : ```pepperboard -d 'upgrades,highstates,mgrains' -o '/var/www/upgrades.html,/var/www/highstates.html,/var/www/customgrains.html' -g 'manufacturer,productname,serialnumber'```
* When this argument is specified we can omit "mgrains" in the dashboard list.
* --dellapikey|-a : Specify the Dell API key to be used with the dellwarranty dashboard.
* Example : ```pepperboard -o '/var/www/dellwarranty.html' -t '4' -a '__dell_api_key__'```
* When this argument is specified we can omit "dellwarranty" in the dashboard list.
* Exemple of crontab (in /etc/crontab) :
* ```30 1 * * * root pepperboard -d 'upgrades,highstates' -o '/var/www/dash_upgrades.html,/var/www/dash_highstates.html' -t 'f8,4'```

# Dashboards
* dellwarranty : Displays the warranty of all minions that are Dell servers
* You need to request a API key from Dell to use this dashboard
* upgrades : Displays a list of upgradable packages for each minion (equivalent to "salt '*' pkg.list_upgrades")
* highstates : Displays a list of unsynchronised states for each minion (equivalent to "salt '*' state.highstate test=True)
* mgrains : Displays a list of grains for each minion

# Screenshots
* upgrades dashboard (using ```pepperboard -d 'upgrades' -o '/var/www/dash_upgrades.html' -t 'f8'```) :

* Highstates dashboard (using ```pepperboard -d 'highstates' -o '/var/www/dash_highstates.html' -t '4'```):

* Mgrains dashboard (using ```pepperboard -o '/var/www/dash_mgrains.html' -t 'f32' -g 'server_id,shell,num_cpus,num_gpus'```)

* Dellwarranty dashboard (using ```pepperboard -o '/var/www/dellwarranty.html' -t '4' -a '__dell_api_key__'```


# Development
* Create a new dashboard : Simply add a new python script in the dashboard package
* It needs to have one of these functions (in this priority order) :
* gendata(input, nthreads) : Only returns a dictionnary containing these fields, the HTML and everything related to the dashboard design is not managed by this function :
* Arguments :
* input (mixed or None) : Can be one of the following
* List of inputs to be used in the dashboard (like the grains list in mgrains dashboard)
* None : Set it to None if you want to manage the input directly in the gendata function
* nthreads (int or None) : Threads count for generating the dashboard
* Can be set to None for either using the default thread count or not using threads at all.
* It returns a dictionnary with the following keys (all mandatory) :
* ncol : Columns count for the dashboard (int type)
* headers : List of headers (list type)
* data : Dictionnary containing the content of the dashboard (dict type)
* In case you have 1 data column (ncol == 2) :
* This dictionnary only contains string type values.
* In case you have more than 1 data column (ncol > 2) :
* This dictionnary contains 1 dictionnary per table line with the key being the first column header.
* gendash(output, nthreads) : Generates the complete dashboard.
* Arguments :
* output (str) : Absolute path of the output file.
* nthreads (int or None) : Threads count for generating the dashboard
* Can be set to None for either using the default thread count or not using threads at all.

* Fix this README file and general documentation.
* Use pepper to use salt-api.
* Get the OS logos from PNG/JPG files instead of having base64 directly in python code.
* Make the dashboard list a little bit prettier.

# Licence and copyright

Copyright 2016 Cyril Lavier <> - <>

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