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Duplicate declaration: Class[Main] is already declared

asked 2013-05-07 17:16:13 -0600

gsingh93 gravatar image

I'm getting the following error when running puppet apply manifests/site.pp --modulepath=modules on a server:

Duplicate declaration: Class[Main] is already declared

Here is my directory layout:

|-- manifests
|   `-- site.pp
`-- modules
    `-- main
        |-- files
        |   |-- bashrc
        |-- lib
        |   `-- facter
        |       `-- current_user.rb
        `-- manifests
            `-- init.pp

Here is my code:


include main.pp


class main {
  file { "/home/$::current_user/.bashrc":
    source => "puppet:///modules/main/bashrc"


Facter.add("current_user") do
  setcode do

What's the issue?

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answered 2013-05-07 17:46:42 -0600

Yep I can reproduce, main is one of the few [reserved keywords] (until my karma allows me to post links, * should be whitelisted...

main — Puppet automatically creates a main class, which contains any resources not contained by any other class.

Also :

include main

ie class name not filename.

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Thanks, renaming the module worked. I'm not sure about the second thing you're saying though. Are you saying I'm not supposed to use the class name?

gsingh93 gravatar imagegsingh93 ( 2013-05-07 20:43:05 -0600 )edit

answered 2013-05-07 17:58:24 -0600

Jeff Johnson gravatar image

I was able to duplicate your issue. I was able to fix it by making the following change in /etc/pupet/manifests/site.pp:


include main.pp


import "main"

After I made the change above, my puppet run was successful.

I'm pretty new to Puppet myself. As near as I can tell, when you use the include keyword, Puppet creates a Class with that name. What you really want to do is import your "Main" module, which loads your main.pp into the puppet master's catalog. Or something like that.

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the use of import with classes is always a bad idea

ramindk gravatar imageramindk ( 2013-05-08 01:16:56 -0600 )edit

I did a little more reading, and you're right - "import" w/classes is a pretty bad solution to this problem. The other answer is correct, and mine really isn't.

Jeff Johnson gravatar imageJeff Johnson ( 2013-05-08 17:25:31 -0600 )edit

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