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asked 2015-04-18 11:24:22 -0500

Chutki gravatar image


I am doing changes in sysctl.conf file, wanna change 6th column in kernel parameter.

kernel.sem = 33  44  55  66

below is the manifests

exec {'sysctl_test':
    path => ['/etc','/usr/bin','/usr/sbin'],
    cwd     => '/etc',
    command => "/usr/bin/awk '/kernel.sem/ { if(( \$6 +0) < 77) sub( \$6,$value) } 1' /etc/sysctl.conf >> /etc/sysctl.conf.mod && /bin/mv /etc/sysctl.conf.mod /etc/sysctl.conf",
    onlyif => "/usr/bin/awk '/kernel.sem/ { if(( \$6 +0) < 77) print $0; else exit;}' /etc/sysctl.conf"

puppet manifests working with out any issues, getting below o/p

 kernel.sem = 33  44  55  77

but "exec" resources running again and again, it toches the file but the content is not overwriting.

when I run

onlyif => "/usr/bin/awk '/kernel.sem/ { if(( \$6 +0) < 77) print $0; else exit;}' /etc/sysctl.conf"

in prompt its working, the value 77 print only it is higher than the existing else it will exit so that command attribute should not run, but I dont know why it is running.

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answered 2015-04-18 15:37:51 -0500

GregLarkin gravatar image

Read this piece of documentation very closely:, and make sure you understand the role of the command exit code when using the onlyif attribute with the exec resource. That should help you debug the problem.

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The command referenced by the onlyif attribute should only exit with a zero or non-zero code, and does not need to print anything to stdout or stderr. The only thing I would change is "print $0" to "exit 0".

GregLarkin gravatar imageGregLarkin ( 2015-04-19 11:02:34 -0500 )edit

answered 2015-04-19 09:28:14 -0500

Chutki gravatar image

Thanks Greg for your reference URL.

I added exit 1 condition after else

onlyif => "/usr/bin/awk '/kernel.sem/ { if(( \$6 +0) < 77) print $0; else exit 1;}' /etc/sysctl.conf"

so the program stop if the condition is false. you can sugegest me if you know any better option.

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