Packer like make process

why packer doesn’t allow (like a make process) to reuse stages artifacts to avoid running always all stages: build, provisioning, post-processing.

image build from iso + kickstart is an heavy stage. Consolidated base image from various builders (ovf. from vmware-iso/virtualbox or other image data) can be reused in subsequent stages (provisioning, post-processing). The same for provisioning and post-processing, so one can consolidate/change each stage focusing on the next or apply change/debug intermediate stage without long running processes.

A make like approach would be very productive and efficient. Probably using state files to record stages info.

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You could try to open a feature request at github. :slight_smile:

Opened :slight_smile:

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