Cloud-init is ignored from doctl

Hi, I am creating droplet from doctl command with cloud-init file:

doctl compute droplet create myodds-api221 --size s-1vcpu-1gb --image ubuntu-22-04-x64 --region fra1 --wait --user-data-file cloud-init.yml

I have simple file with:

package_update: true
package_upgrade: true

It looks like the file is ignored from doctl command, when I create droplet in UI and copy paste cloud-init config in advance settings it works. I tried serveral versions of Ubuntu, renamed file extension to yaml and cfg, but nothing helps. Any idea?

Thank you

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Bobby Iliev
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May 11, 2024


One thing there might be that the file locally does not have read privileges so the command is failing to get its content.

You could try passing the user data using the --user-data flag instead, eg:

doctl compute droplet create myodds-api221-2 --size s-1vcpu-1gb --image ubuntu-22-04-x64 --region fra1 --wait --user-data "#cloud-config\npackage_update: true\npackage_upgrade: true"

If this still fails, can you confirm how exactly verifying that this is failing?



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