Peculiarity of the ansible-vault command is that it is not idempotent (it creates a different binary each time it is invoked on the same data).
I started with the implementation suggested in this blog page. Unfortunately it did not work correctly, as whenever smudge is called (be it a git checkout , or just git status), the secret files looks as modified for git, even if it is not.
So I wondered if git would be comparing the binary he has in the index with the clean filtered current file, and I tried to build on those script like follows:
#!/bin/sh -x # clean filter, it is invoked with %f if [ ! -r "$HOME/.vault_password" ]; then exit 1 fi tmp=`mktemp` cat > $tmp # get the plain text from the binary in the index tmphead=`mktemp` git show HEAD:$1 > $tmphead contenthead=`echo "embedded" | ansible-vault view $tmphead --vault-password-file=$HOME/.vault_password` export PAGER=cat echo -n "$contenthead" | tee $tmphead # if current and index plain text version differ if [ "`md5sum $tmp | cut -d' ' -f1`" != "`md5sum $tmphead | cut -d' ' -f1`" ]; then tmpcrypt=`mktemp` cp $tmp $tmpcrypt # generate a new crypted blob echo "embedded" | ansible-vault encrypt $tmpcrypt --vault-password-file=$HOME/.vault_password > /dev/null 2>&1 cat "$tmpcrypt" else # just return the HEAD version cat "$tmphead" fi rm $tmp $tmphead $tmpcrypt
The difference here is that it tries to compare the current and HEAD versions of the plain text (unencrypted) secret files, and only in case they differ output a new binary blob encrypted with ansible-vault.
Unfortunately, after this change git continues to think the secret file is always modified. Even after
git adding the file again, so that the git blob is computed, git thinks the file is different and let the change go into the commit. Note that
git diff return empty changes, as it should.
For reference, this is smudge:
#!/bin/sh if [ ! -r "$HOME/.vault_password" ]; then exit 1 fi tmp=`mktemp` cat > $tmp export PAGER='cat' CONTENT="`echo "embedded" | ansible-vault view "$tmp" --vault-password-file=$HOME/.vault_password 2> /dev/null`" if echo "$CONTENT" | grep 'ERROR: data is not encrypted' > /dev/null; then echo "Looks like one file was commited clear text" echo "Please fix this before continuing !" exit 1 else echo -n "$CONTENT" fi rm $tmp
and this is diff:
#!/bin/sh if [ ! -r "$HOME/.vault_password" ]; then exit 1 fi export PAGER='cat' CONTENT=`echo "embedded" | ansible-vault view "$1" --vault-password-file=$HOME/.vault_password 2> /dev/null` if echo "$CONTENT" | grep 'ERROR: data is not encrypted' > /dev/null; then cat "$1" else echo "$CONTENT" fi