Propellor is a single system, but it's made up of some logically separate
* Propellor is a Haskell library. The library can be installed
in the usual ways. It complies with the
[[Haskell Package Version Policy|interface_stability]].
* `~/.propellor/` is a git repository, which contains at least your
`config.hs` file and a cabal file. This gets deployed to each machine
you manage with propellor, where it's installed as `/usr/local/propellor/`
* There can also be a propellor command in your PATH. If you `apt-get
install propellor`, you'll get one installed, or `cabal install propellor`
will put the command in `~/.cabal/bin/propellor`. This propellor command
is just a wrapper; it builds and runs what you have set up in `~/.propellor/`
## full .propellor repository
Typically, the `~/.propellor/` git repository is set up by running the
propellor command, or by [[cloning propellor|install]]. That makes
the repository contain the full source code to propellor, including
the Haskell library.
So if you want to, you can edit any part of Propellor's source code.
Don't like how a property works, or need to make it more general? Just edit
then copy in `~/.propellor/src/Propellor/` and it will be used. See
[[contributing]] if you want to send your improvements back.
## minimal .propellor repository
All that really needs to be in `~/.propellor/` though, is a `config.hs`
file, and a cabal file. Running propellor when `~/.propellor/` doesn't exist
will ask you if you want a minimal config, and create those files.
In this configuration, when propellor is deploying itself to a new host,
it will automatically install the version of the propellor library
specified in the cabal file.