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Can we use wild cards(*) in file resource - path and source parameters?

asked 2015-02-13 02:49:33 -0600

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updated 2015-02-13 11:57:05 -0600

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I am trying to use

file {'/var/lib/tomcat7/webapps/EmployeeApplication-*.war':
        source=>"/tmp/mywar/EmployeeApplication-*.war",
}

but it's not working.

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answered 2015-02-13 13:38:13 -0600

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The Puppet file resource doesn't support wildcards in that fashion, but if you're trying to recursively copy the source directory to the destination directory on the agent node, have a look at the details for the file resource's source attribute and the recurse attribute.

Alternately, if you only want to manage those WAR files and the file resource won't do exactly what you want, you may need to use an exec resource to accomplish it, something like this:

exec { 'Copy WAR files':
  command => 'cp /var/lib/tomcat7/webapps/EmployeeApplication-*.war /tmp/mywar/EmployeeApplication-*.war',
  path    => '/bin',
}

We recommend that people stay away from exec resources as much as possible, since you have to implement your own idempotency (NB: I did not do that in the above example), and that makes that resource type harder to use.

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