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puppet subscribe to a file that it doesn't manage

asked 2013-05-29 13:57:15 -0500

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updated 2013-05-29 14:51:56 -0500

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Can I have Puppet subscribe to a file that it doesn't manage, but it does manage the parent directory?

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answered 2013-05-29 14:51:20 -0500

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No, Puppet cannot send notifications based on resources it does not manage.

In the case of a file resource, it can appear to - in the case where you have a managed directory and "recurse => true". In this case, Puppet crates an implicit file resource.

It is also not possible to have subscription noticed fired of when something outside of Puppet changes a file (only when Puppet changes it back to the described state)

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answered 2013-05-30 07:10:16 -0500

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updated 2013-05-30 07:12:13 -0500

Like llowder said, Puppet is explicitly designed not to work this way. It only cares (and knows about) about resources you explicitly tell it to care about and manage.

I'm not sure what problem you're exactly trying to solve, but I was curious if Puppet could be abused to do this without any external tools. I don't recommend actually doing what I'm proposing, but it was a fun thought experiment.

  1. Create a custom fact that produces a checksum for the directory in question. You'll need to sort all the filenames deterministically, concatenate the output together ...
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Hi, Actually I am looking to subscribe to a file that Puppet manages through "recurse => true". So it appears that this is possible. Thanks

inthedark gravatar imageinthedark ( 2013-05-30 12:41:13 -0500 )edit

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