edi is designed to divide big tasks into small sub commands. Each sub command will initiate the transition into a new state of available artifacts:
If the desired original state has not yet been reached, edi will make sure that all necessary sub commands get executed to reach the desired state.
The following command will make sure that - after a successful execution - a fully configured lxd container is available:
sudo edi lxc configure NAME CONFIG
If the intermediate artifacts are to some degree not available, edi will execute all required sub commands - if needed it will start with the image bootstrap sub command.
Please note that the intermediate artifacts are not checked if they are fully up to date. If you want to make sure that all intermediate artifacts for a given configuration get recreated then execute the following command:
edi clean CONFIG
The above command will delete the previously generated artifacts. However, it will not delete named lxd containers.
Depending upon the selected command,
edi will set the following two useful parameters:
edi_configure_remote_target will be set to
True if a remote system gets configured.
edi_create_distributable_image will be set to
True it a distributable image gets created.
This is useful to skip certain steps shall not be applied to a distributable image or to include additional
steps that are only needed in case of a distributable image.