Droplets, Tugboat, Default User & Password

  • Posted February 1, 2015

I just started messing around with tugboat. A couple quick questions:

  • It appears to only use the v1 API. Is there an alternative command-line client that uses the v2 API? I looked into poseidon, but it doesn’t appear to have a command-line client. Is tugboat the recommended tool?

  • In my tugboat config I specified an alternative ssh_user and ssh_port, however when I use ‘tugboat create test’ and use the global Ubuntu 14.04 x64 image, the droplet seems to still be created with the root account and the default port. I don’t see anything in the API about creating droplets with an alternative root user or port, so I’m guessing these settings don’t actually apply when creating the droplet.

  • There also doesn’t seem to be a way for tugboat to specify or retrieve the root password, so it looks like when working this way, I need to build it, then grab the password from my email before I can run any root commands on the box. Is this correct?

I haven’t used snapshots before, but it looks like for what I want, I need to create a droplet, configure some basic settings (setting up new admin user, adding ssh key, disabling root account, changing ssh port, etc), then take a snapshot. Then I can spin up new instances from that snapshot.

Am I correct on this? If so, then the original droplet isn’t really something I’d leave running - I’d build it, take a snapshot, turn it off and leave it there to clone from. Is there a charge for keeping this non-running droplet with a ‘base snapshot’ laying around, unused?


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Tugboat is by far the most feature-full command line client at the moment despite still using version 1 of the API. Though there are already v2 libraries in quite a few languages if you are just looking to script a few of you common uses cases. Regarding the ssh_user and ssh_port settings for Tugboat, those are only used with the tugboat ssh droplet-name command. It doesn’t have a way to set the initial password, though the tugboat create command does accept a --keys argument that will add a SSH key to a newly created droplet.

Even when a droplet is “off” you are still charged as the resource are reserved for you. Using a snapshot is a good way to do this. You might also look into using a cloud-config script for your initial droplet configuration.