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Any way to remove flag files on puppet nodes?

asked 2015-12-02 11:37:30 -0600

jsemerica gravatar image

updated 2015-12-02 11:58:41 -0600

This may be unique to my environment but we have all our application installs/upgrades managed through puppet. This is done mostly through Execs and is controlled with empty flag files in a certain directory. In the event of an upgrade for example, we'd change any application version numbers in hiera if necessary, remove the flag file and kick off the puppet agent. The code looks a bit like the following..

[Start upgrade] unless => '/usr/bin/test -f /puppet_flags/update.flag',


[After upgrade] command => '/bin/touch /puppet_flags/update.flag',

Is there any way using puppet/mcollective to remove these empty flag files to kick off the upgrade on several hosts at once?

So far I've tried using mcollective with the puppetRAL, shown below, but since our systems are set with 'noop = true' in puppet.conf it does not seem to apply the change even with '--no-noop'.

In /etc/puppetlabs/mcollective/server.cfg:

plugin.puppet.resourcetypewhitelist = exec

peadmin@puppetmaster:~$ mco puppet resource exec '/bin/touch /tmp/test-mco-flag' --no-noop Discovering hosts using the mc method for 2 second(s) .... 2

  • [ ============================================================> ] 2 / 2

host1 : OK {:result=>"current_value notrun, should be 0 (noop)", :changed=>false}

host2 : OK {:result=>"current_value notrun, should be 0 (noop)", :changed=>false}

Any other ideas I should try or is there a better way of doing this? Any help is appreciated!

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answered 2015-12-15 14:27:21 -0600

jsemerica gravatar image

For anyone that's curious, we ended up using the filemgr plugin for mcollective which should be perfect for our use.

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answered 2015-12-02 20:03:02 -0600

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updated 2015-12-02 20:03:40 -0600

You could have puppet place the version number from hiera in your flag file and have subscribe/notify to other resources when it changes.

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Thanks, this will definitely work for a few of our upgrades, some of them don't use a version number though so I'll have to see if there's a workaround.

jsemerica gravatar imagejsemerica ( 2015-12-03 10:21:41 -0600 )edit

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