Troubleshooting execution modules
As with any programming, the more time you spend writing execution modules, the more likely you are to encounter issues. Let's take a moment to talk about how to troubleshoot and debug your code.
salt-call command has always been a valuable tool for testing and troubleshooting code. Without it, you would need to restart the
salt-minion service each time you wanted to test new code; believe me, that gets old fast.
salt-call doesn't start up a service, it will always run the latest copy of the Salt code. It does do most of the things that the
salt-minion service does: it loads grains, connects to the Master (unless told not to) to obtain pillar data, goes through the loader process to decide ...