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In puppet, how to I determine if node is using systemd or sysvinit? [closed]

asked 2016-05-18 09:35:30 -0500

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updated 2016-05-19 09:50:24 -0500

Firstly, we are running puppet 4.4.2.

I have a custom puppet module which installs a daemon/service: a small ruby Webrick. I have both a systemd script to start/stop the daemon, and I also have a Sysvinit script. I would like to install the appropriate script for either one.

My ideal puppet-flow would be:

  • puppet detects if systemd or sysvinit is being used
  • puppet module then installs the appropriate script
  • puppet module enables & ensures the service is running, using the appropriate script.

Is this possible?

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close date 2016-05-20 09:44:20.727526


There is a module for this that gets you an easy fact to use:

Tarjei Huse gravatar imageTarjei Huse ( 2017-01-29 07:49:48 -0500 )edit

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answered 2016-05-18 16:51:19 -0500

mike.r gravatar image

updated 2016-05-18 16:52:31 -0500

The right way to do this is to create a custom Fact for your module,


and run something like this inside the custom fact ruby to determine whats the init system (remember to confine your Fact to kernel=Linux)

$init =  `stat /proc/1/exe | grep File: | awk -F'->' {'print $2'}`

this will tell you if its systemd or init

You can then pass this Facter value down to your module and let it do its logic from there

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shorted version with only two commands "ls -l /proc/1/exe | awk '{n=split($NF, N, "/"); { print N[n] }}'"

c4f4t0r gravatar imagec4f4t0r ( 2016-05-19 07:49:37 -0500 )edit

Another Option: stat -c %N /proc/1/exe | sed "s/.*\/\(.*\)\’$/\1/g"

FranzCC gravatar imageFranzCC ( 2016-05-19 08:02:50 -0500 )edit

Thanks everyone for the commands to distinguish between systemd and init. Personally, c4f4t0r's command works the best for me. (I have a soft-spot for awk.)

enderqa gravatar imageenderqa ( 2016-05-19 09:57:12 -0500 )edit

Remeber, this will not work when using Ubuntu, because it uses upstart, which is event based but neither systemd nor sysvinit. It's ubuntu ;-)

FranzCC gravatar imageFranzCC ( 2016-05-20 01:10:26 -0500 )edit

@FranzCC, thanks that's good to know! mike.r's answer works. I created a custom fact that pulls the info from /proc/1/exe. It's just a question of determining what the possible outcomes are, because as FranzCC pointed it, there are multiple options, and not just systemd and init.

enderqa gravatar imageenderqa ( 2016-05-20 09:43:56 -0500 )edit

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