Writing Files


You can automate writing files to disk using the write_files cloud-config directive.

#cloud-config
write_files:
  - path: /etc/rc.local
    permissions: "0755"
    owner: root
    content: |
      #!/bin/bash
      echo "I'm doing things on start"

Writing Files in Specific System Services

By default, the write_files directive will create files in the console container. To write files in other system services, the container key can be used. For example, the container key could be used to write to /etc/ntp.conf in the NTP system service.

#cloud-config
write_files:
  - container: ntp
    path: /etc/ntp.conf
    permissions: "0644"
    owner: root
    content: |
      server 0.pool.ntp.org iburst
      server 1.pool.ntp.org iburst
      server 2.pool.ntp.org iburst
      server 3.pool.ntp.org iburst

      # Allow only time queries, at a limited rate, sending KoD when in excess.
      # Allow all local queries (IPv4, IPv6)
      restrict default nomodify nopeer noquery limited kod
      restrict 127.0.0.1
      restrict [::1]
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