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Get variable from module A into module B

asked 2016-06-09 04:33:33 -0500

tomasl gravatar image

updated 2016-06-09 04:50:12 -0500

Hi, I'm trying to get a variable value from one class into another class (different modules) but run into issues. From what I have read in the docs you are supposed to be able to include a class multiple times without running into "already declared..." ?!

What I'm trying to do:

Module A (class "abc")

abcvar = 'something'

Module B (class "xyz")

  include abc
  notify {"######my var is: ${$abc::abcvar}": }


  node 'my-test-node'   {
        class {'abc':
          abcvar => 'somethingelse',
  include xyz  


Error: Could not retrieve catalog from remote server: Error 400 on SERVER: Evaluation Error: Error while evaluating a Resource Statement, Duplicate declaration: Class[abc] is already declared; cannot redeclare at /etc/puppetlabs/code/environments/puppettest/manifests/site.pp:51 at /etc/puppetlabs/code/environments/puppettest/manifests/site.pp:51:3 on node my-test-node Warning: Not using cache on failed catalog Error: Could not retrieve catalog; skipping run

Would this be possible in any other way or am I doing it totally wrong? Many thanks for your feedback

Regards Tomas

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answered 2016-06-09 07:43:55 -0500

The issue is that while you can include foo using the include function as many times as you like, you can't use the resource-like declarations class { 'foo': abcvar => 'something' }. What can you do, however, is use the Automatic Parameter Lookup in conjunction with Hiera.

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Thanks Alex! So that would mean I'd have to redo module A to use Hiera in some way? I tried in module B with: $local = lookup({"name" => "abc::abcvar"}) But it did not find any value. Unfortunately I'm not familiar with Hiera

tomasl gravatar imagetomasl ( 2016-06-09 08:38:04 -0500 )edit

According to your example code, your site.pp is making the resource-like declaration of the class. So instead of passing the parameter in there, you'd have ::abc::abcvar: 'something' in one of your Hiera files. Feel free to open another question if you get stuck with Hiera.

Alex Harvey gravatar imageAlex Harvey ( 2016-06-10 02:28:56 -0500 )edit

Ok, many thanks for your input!

tomasl gravatar imagetomasl ( 2016-06-10 02:50:37 -0500 )edit

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