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Why does puppet resource behave differently when specifying the provider

asked 2013-01-11 06:03:52 -0500

Preston gravatar image

I was playing around with puppet and noticed this behavior.

# puppet resource file /etc/passwd
file { '/etc/passwd':
  ensure   => 'file',
  content  => '{md5}7a63b133e1a086d9f35c2014b3b09218',
  ctime    => 'Thu Jan 10 17:16:11 -0700 2013',
  group    => '0',
  mode     => '644',
  mtime    => 'Thu Jan 10 17:16:11 -0700 2013',
  owner    => '0',
  selrange => 's0',
  selrole  => 'object_r',
  seltype  => 'etc_t',
  seluser  => 'system_u',
  type     => 'file',


# puppet resource file /etc/passwd provider=posix
file { '/etc/passwd':
  ensure   => 'file',
  selrange => 's0',
  selrole  => 'object_r',
  seltype  => 'etc_t',
  seluser  => 'system_u',

This is on a Linux system where the file provider should be POSIX. Why is the output different when the provider is ... (more)

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answered 2013-01-11 19:28:27 -0500

Stefan gravatar image

The command puppet resource can handle three different tasks and the file type is not the best one to explain them, so I'll pick the mount type:

1) If you run puppet resource mount puppet will ask every suitable provider to give a list of all mounts with all attributes. Not every provider supports that (the file provider does not)

2) If you run puppet resource mount /mnt/dvd puppet will ask every suitable provider to get the current status of a Mount[/mnt/dvd] resource. The mount provider can e.g. return

# puppet resource mount /mnt/dvd
mount ...
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That makes sense! Fantastic answer.

Preston gravatar imagePreston ( 2013-01-11 20:50:33 -0500 )edit

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