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rspec-puppet Exec[] resource path setup

asked 2015-06-08 11:00:09 -0500

Felix Lam gravatar image


I am trying to use rspec-puppet to perform some testing on the custom modules. However, I'm hitting a tough problem in managing the Path attribute in the Exec resources.

Whilst in real puppet run, I can define the Global Exec.Path attribute at site.pp file such that I can basically ignore all the path attribute at each Exec resource declaration, I found no way to simulate that global exec path when using rspec-puppet to unit-test my module.

rspec-puppet will throw error like error during compilation: Validation of Exec[xxxxx] failed: '<command to="" be="" executed="">' is not qualified and no path was specified

It's really frustrating.. is it a limitation of rspec-puppet ? how can I workaround that easily such that I can unit test my puppet class easily ?

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answered 2015-06-10 15:04:51 -0500

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updated 2015-06-10 15:05:10 -0500

rspec puppet allows you to provide a manifest to use when testing your module. You should be able to specify your default parameters there. The feature isn't well documented, so here's an example:

You could probably define a variable containing the manifest using a HERE document, and pass that variable to the let statement.

As an aside, I advise against using resource defaults the way you are. The approach of specifying a site-wide default path violates the separation of concerns. As you've seen, your module now depends on a default set well outside the scope of the module. This will create maintenance problems in the long run, with very little practical benefit in the short run.

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Thanks CBarbour. However, I tried to add "let(:manifest) { "Exec { path => ['/'] }" }", but still hit the same error. Anything I've missed ?

Felix Lam gravatar imageFelix Lam ( 2015-06-11 00:51:37 -0500 )edit

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