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How to uninstall puppet agent with `puppet apply ...`?

asked 2015-09-24 14:28:52 -0600

Red Cricket gravatar image


I do not know if this is a good idea or not, but I get these VM from my system admin that have the 3.3.2 puppet agent installed on them. I need to install the 3.7.2 puppet agent. To uninstall I download the 3.3.2 installation files from, untar it and run ./puppet-enterprise-uninstaller -pyd. Then install the 3.7.2 puppet agent like so:

curl -k https://my-pm-001:8140/packages/current/install.bash | bash ; puppet agent -t

I was wondering if there was a way to write a puppet class that could perform the download of the 3.3.2 installation files, untar it, and run ./puppet-enterprise-uninstaller -pyd? Maybe something like ...

class puppet_agent_begon {
    exec { 'wget':
    } -> 
    exec {'tar -xzf puppet-enterprise-3.3.2-el-7-x86_64.tar.gz':
    } -> 
    exec {'puppet-enterprise-3.3.2-el-7-x86_64/puppet-enterprise-uninstaller -pyd':

I would like to be able to invoke the class like this: # puppet apply -e 'include puppet_agent_begone'.

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answered 2015-09-25 04:09:44 -0600

why not:

add puppet repos on all server (or add puppet rpms to your own repos) <= can do this via puppet install yum-versionlock if you want to pin to a specific version of puppet and not the latest for the puppet rpm use ensure => latest

this will ensure latest puppet rpm is on all boxes (saves having to manually do it) - also gives you a path in future to do any other upgrades tou may need.

i would recommend not using puppet to run puppet uninstaller - can see that getting messy.

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Thank you for your answer. I wish I had control of the repos or how the initial images of the systems I use are created. Maybe what puppet agent needs is a self destruct button `puppet agent --self-destruct` which would remove puppet and any associated artifacts.

Red Cricket gravatar imageRed Cricket ( 2015-09-25 21:44:53 -0600 )edit

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