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how to recover from client bucket?

asked 2012-12-19 16:36:43 -0600

asq gravatar image

updated 2012-12-19 16:38:16 -0600

ok, so i screwed up and run puppet and now configuration is broken. still, it's puppet, so i have a chance to recover. usually in that case i login to affected node and do:

find /var/lib/puppet/clientbucket -cmin -60 -type f -name path|xargs grep -l /etc/file.i.need.back

and copy over accompanying contents file.

but this is hack, and there must be a better way to do this like

  1. fuse bucketfs
  2. storing buckets in git
  3. puppet face/api to do this

does anyone already have solution to share?

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answered 2015-07-01 10:05:49 -0600

asq gravatar image

i'm back after a short intermission and answering myself :)

Ruby script for interactively restoring files from a Puppet client's clientbucket.

If you've accidently overwritten, with Puppet, a file you meant to keep, then this script can get it back. The real filebucket stuff provided by Puppetlabs requires the md5 of the old file you want to restore. This script goes and looks for all the available versions of a file, and allows you to diff, view, or restore one or more of these older versions.

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If you have upgraded to puppet 4, here is an updated version that allows you to point to the new path:

rilindo gravatar imagerilindo ( 2016-05-20 22:14:35 -0600 )edit

answered 2012-12-20 21:38:58 -0600

llowder gravatar image

From looking at the documentation, you should be able to use puppet filebucket get <MD5sum> or puppet filebucket restore /path/to/file <MD5sum>

You do have to know the MDsum, but that easy to get using Dashboard and possibly Foreman, and this info may also be available in logs or reports.

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it always says ``file not found'', but it might be just me :)

asq gravatar imageasq ( 2012-12-21 04:00:05 -0600 )edit

answered 2015-07-02 18:37:16 -0600

pizzaops gravatar image

Here's a puppet bucket face that makes it REALLLLLLY easy:

Note that there is no official solution from Puppet Labs that makes it easy — only some third party tooling random folks have created.

That being said, I usually try to push people towards not using the filebucket. If you need backup, implement a backup solution :)

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