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asked 2015-10-21 03:57:07 -0500

Christian gravatar image

Hello ,

I'm currently having a look at different system mangagement tools and wanted to get a first Impression on their performance. Therefore I tried to implement a simple compliance check which controls whether all files in /usr/lib and /usr/lib64 are not writable by group and world. To keep things simple I ran the puppet master and the puppet agent on the same machine. I know that this is not the way to set things up in real life, but anyway I was rather surprised to see that this check took about 70 seconds with Puppet while CFEngine (agent checked the rule directly - no policy server interaction) did the same in 3,5 seconds. So my question is whether this is a difference you would expect or did I setup puppet extremely disadvantageous? My puppet module looks like this:

class compliance {

    file { '/usr/lib':
    mode    => 'go-w',
    recurse => true,
    selinux_ignore_defaults => true,

    file { '/usr/lib64':
    mode    => 'go-w',
    recurse => true,
    selinux_ignore_defaults => true,

To run that check I started ' puppet agent --noop -t'.

Actually I know that puppet is different in many aspects and probably has many advantages like your active community and the broad support from many IT vendors. Nevertheless such a difference in resource consumption might be an issue for me. So I just wanted to make sure my testing was at least more or less fair.



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answered 2015-10-21 06:52:13 -0500

wow - big difference. puppet apply of a single module on my oldish (16Gb, 3.2Ghz dual core CPU, 1tb hd) - yakes around 2-3 secs

however I tested your module and it took me slightly longer - 64s

on looking closer though in /usr/lib I have over 27000 files - to check each one of these a minute seems reasonable - so i think your puppet figures are correct.

I suspect the cfengine script is either doing nothing or caching some previous result - if not its impressive as even doing a find and then check perms and then chmod takes me 50 secs!!

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Thanks for your answer! cfengine doesn't seem to be caching because it immediately found a change I applied to one file's permissions. 'find' and 'chmod -R' are both fast for me (maybe filesystem cache effects) whereas Puppet is repeatedly slow.

Christian gravatar imageChristian ( 2015-10-21 07:38:33 -0500 )edit

I think that basically cfengine for this test is just faster - I've repeated test at home, and whilst not liking the cfengine install/way of doing things I did find similar results to yours. also had a look at which seems to confirm things.

sahumphries gravatar imagesahumphries ( 2015-10-22 05:00:28 -0500 )edit

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