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External fact written in bash failing on Windows

asked 2015-11-20 06:59:18 -0600

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In order to extend the facts from facter, I included an external fact written in bash. As I named the file '', it provides the data perfectly on Linux agents. Unfortunately it is also executed on our Windows agents, showing the following error message :

Fact file C:/ProgramData/PuppetLabs/puppet/var/facts.d/ was parsed but returned an empty data set

Environment is running PE 3.8.1.

Questions :

  • Is there any way to restrict this external fact to only execute on Linux based agents, without converting it to a custom fact written in Ruby?
  • Does this mean PE would also try to run a powershell script on Linux?

Thank you in advance.

Kind regards, Mark

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answered 2015-11-20 17:45:15 -0600

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Mark -

Facter returns a misleading message under these circumstances thanks to the code at

Fortunately, you can safely ignore it, as Facter isn't actually trying to execute the files (though it may seem that way). For some more detail on this issue affecting Facter 2.x, please have a look at

Note that in the rewritten native version of Facter (Facter 3.x), which is shipped with PE 2015.2.0 and above (the next major version beyond PE 3.8.x series), this is no longer a problem.


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Hi Iristyle, Thanks you for the answer and insight. In the link you provided I read about a workaround for Powerhell scripts on Linux (makes sense to use #!/bin/false as interpreter, as Powershell will see # as comment). Do you by any chance know of a workaround for so bash scripts aren't executed

mark gravatar imagemark ( 2015-11-21 06:14:47 -0600 )edit

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