While different modules perform different tasks, their interfaces all follow the same pattern as much as possible.

The API of each module is composed of two parts. Information iside the provider parameter influences how moddules connect to the Unit service. All other parameters hold the information related to the resource that we are operating on.

Provider parameters

Each module has a provider parameter that holds the following information about the Unit process we would like to manage:

  1. The endpoint key holds the address of the Unit’s control socket. If this key is not present in the task’s definition, modules will consult the UNIT_ENDPOINT environment variable and, if the variable is not set, try to use the common unix socket paths. We can leave this variable unset in most cases.

  2. username and password keys contain the credentials that modules will use when connecting to the Unit via the IP-based socket. It not present, Ansible will try to look up the UNIT_USERNAME and UNIT_PASSWORD environment variables. Again, we can leave these two variables unset in vast majority of use cases.

- name:
      endpoint: https://unit.control.endpoint
      username: user
      password: pass
    # Other listener parameters here

Managing NGINX Unit configuration

There are two things modules from the NGINX Unit Ansible Collection can do:

  1. Enforce certain state of the configuration (either making sure configuration options are present or absent).

  2. List all currently available resources on the backend.

Reference material for each module contains documentation on what parameters certain modules accept and what values they expect those parameters to be.