Templates form a part of orcharhino’s provisioning setup.

Templates are used to generate the scripts used during the installation of new hosts. They make heavy use of parameterisation, such that general templates can be turned into installation scripts for particular hosts, by substituting the appropriate parameters.

In addition to provisioning, templates are also used by orcharhino’s remote execution features.

There are several different types of templates, organized into several different pages of the web interface:

In general, a clean install of orcharhino will come with any required templates and it is neither expected nor recommended that orcharhino users manually edit any templates. Locked templates should not be changed, otherwise they will not be updated any more. Use the clone function instead. Note, however, that cloned or self-created templates are not updated during an orcharhino update.

In case you know what you are doing, and template editing is desirable, the web interface provides extensive tools to do so, including inbuilt documentation on template syntax.

Editing a Template

The template page can be reached by clicking on the name of a template in a list of templates (either on the partition tables page, the provisioning templates page, or the job templates page).

The template page exists both to display information on some template, as well as to edit it. It is organized into several tabs:

Hosts > Partition tables >> name of a template

Tabs of the partition table template page

Hosts > Provisioning templates >> name of a template

Tabs of the provisioning template page

Hosts > Job templates >> name of a template

Tabs of the job template page

The help tab displays the inbuilt documentation on template syntax as shown below.

Viewing a Template

Viewing a template is essentially the same as editing a template.

The following screenshot shows part of the Help tab:

The built-in template help