Open Hour 2021-APR-08

April 14, 2021 - Sage Robins


  • General Updates
  • Release Updates
  • Package Updates
  • Salt Enhancement Proposals
  • Working Groups and Clinics
  • Retrospective
  • YouTube Video

General Updates


Misc. Salt Project Links


Several new items are cleared to be released to Salt Project as open source projects:

  • AIX/Solaris minions
  • Network device minions (Juniper, Arista)
  • Windows agentless / ssh
  • Delta proxy

These should be expected to be available publicly by 3004 release.

Salt Enhancement Proposals

Open Salt Enhancement Proposals (SEPs)

We are working on a communications plan to be more transparent – for the entire Salt Project.

Working Groups

Docs Working Group and Docs Clinic streams:

  • New docs salt-user-guide
  • Join the #Documentation channel on the community slack
  • Docs Working group is continuing onward, so feel free to join and help the docs

Streams: Test clinics, docs clinics, and idem/pop streams!


  • Question about PR: 59474
    • fix: Replace get_returns_noblock function with `def get_returns_raw
    • PR needs to be reviewed and validated to confirm next steps, and see about getting into 3004
    • Wayne reviewed in a Test Clinic
  • Question about an upgrade result:
    • Upgraded to 3002.6 salt-master, and seems to result in a memory leak
    • Memory leak has gone from 400mb to 1.9gb, a master with ~40 minions
    • Using gitfs and a remote pillar; git usage can lead to memory leakage
    • Potentially useful docs:
  • Salt v3003, with the loader improvements, should have reduced memory leaking
  • There is also an open issue Salt Project hasn’t been able to reproduce:
  • SaltStack Store is getting revamped to Salt Project and so much will be on sale, get your stickers!

Dictation from Wayne Werner!

  • Janae> Working groups – any ideas to make them better?
  • Gareth> More promotion, post on twitter/reddit/social media
    • let people know when they’re happening, help us get that information out there
    • having a specific project – feature or set of features (whether that’s short or long term)is a really good thing to have
  • Janae> I feel like when we get that calendar plugin added, that will be super helpful
    • revamping our social channels will help a lot
    • we haven’t posted a lot about WGs in the past, but doing that will be super helpful
  • Janae> News! AIX/Solaris minion, Network Minions, Windows Agentless, and Deltaproxy will all be released into Open Source(gary is very excited)
  • dwoz> you can expect these to show up in 3004