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Dependecy Problems with Users and Groups Types

asked 2013-08-22 15:21:48 -0500

typedeaf gravatar image

updated 2013-08-23 01:44:01 -0500

GregLarkin gravatar image

We have a module that uses the native User and Group types. I have recently tried to modify this module so that it can be used to remove users and groups. I have run into strange dependency problems.

Here is the module

define user::envdbusers( $customer = false,  $appid, $utpass = false, $prpass = false, $kcpass = false, $pepass = false, $cdcpass = '!', $remove = false ) {
    if $customer {
        $appname = $customer
    } else {
        $appname = $name

    if $remove {
        $state = 'absent'
        User["${appname}in"] -> Group["${appname}in"]
        User["${appname}f"]  -> Group["${appname}f"]
        User["${appname}c"]  -> Group["${appname}a"]
    } else {
        $state = 'present'
        Group["${appname}in"] -> User["${appname}in"]
        Group["${appname}f ...
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answered 2013-08-23 19:05:45 -0500

Trevor Vaughan gravatar image

According to the user type docs:

**Autorequires:** If Puppet is managing the user's primary group (as
provided in the `gid` attribute), the user resource will autorequire
that group. If Puppet is managing any role accounts corresponding to the
user's roles, the user resource will autorequire those role accounts.

Checking the 'autorequires' code, it appears that this is not reversed for deletion so you'll need two runs for deletion of all user and group resources due to the internal dependency chains.

This bug report appears to be what you were running into ... (more)

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Thanks. I went the lazy route and just create a different defined type to remove users. It is hard to believe that this isn't a common problem.

typedeaf gravatar imagetypedeaf ( 2013-08-29 17:26:38 -0500 )edit

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