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asked 2016-07-22 14:49:56 -0500

Can we use regex in hiera lookup?

I want to get the data from the hiera lookup which looks like this:

    db_model = hiera('database_model/datasource1',[])
    db_model = hiera('database_model/datasource2',[])


Just that I shouldn't hard code datasource1 or 2 but get whatever is available. Also, does hiera lookup work with .each iteration loop for values inside a folder or does it work only for a static field like /databasemodel/datasource1/driverClassName or is it possible to read the hiera data from the entire /databasemodel/datasource1/ folder in consul? Please provide some examples. The ones in the reference docs aren't working for this case. Many thanks in advance.

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answered 2016-07-28 03:42:10 -0500

FranzCC gravatar image

updated 2016-07-28 04:02:35 -0500

Hi, perhaps you should read the hiera docs.
If i understand you right, you can:
(I use JSON not YAML for hiera !!!) hiera.yaml can look like this:

  - json
  - "databases/%{::trusted.certname}"
  - common

# datadir is empty here, so hiera uses its defaults:
# - /etc/puppetlabs/code/environments/%{environment}/hieradata on *nix
# - %CommonAppData%\PuppetLabs\code\environments\%{environment}\hieradata on Windows
# When specifying a datadir, make sure the directory exists.
:merge_behavior: deeper

Hiera: (/etc/puppetlabs/code/environments/production/hieradata/databases/

   "my::db::class" : {
      "datasource1" : {
         "driverClassName" : "driverclass1"
      "datasource2" : {
         "driverClassName" : "driverclass2"

Test Hiera Lookup:
puppet apply --noop -e "notice(hiera('my::db::class'))"

Puppet Test Class: (Inline EPP)

class test_class {

$test_template = @(END)
<% unless $datasources =~ Undef { -%>
<% $datasources.each |$key, $value| { -%>
Datasource:  <%= $key %>
Driverclass: <%= $value['driverClassName'] %>
<% } -%>
<% } -%>

$datasources = hiera('my::db::class', {})

file { '/etc/databases/driverclass':
ensure  => file,
owner  => 'root',
mode  => '0600',
content => inline_epp($test_template,  {'datasources' => $datasources})


Validate your init.pp with:
puppet parser validate init.pp

This should be enough for you to begin with hiera. I prefer JSON because i write my own API and it looks much more clearer than YAML. Inline EPP is the fastet templating mech.

I you want to do an if->else clause you have to like:

<% if $value[datasources'] =~ /^string$/ { -%>
<% } -%>
<% else { -%>
<%= $value['datasources'] %>
<% } -%>

I hope, it's now a little bit easier to understand the power of hiera.

Rgds. Franz

P.S: docs:

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answered 2016-07-24 11:11:55 -0500

Henrik Lindberg gravatar image

You cannot lookup using a regular expression as a key, but you can lookup a key that has a hash as value. That hash would have the names of the data sources as keys with associated values. You would then get that hash from hiera.

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Thanks, can you please provide a sample template?

Redsmile gravatar imageRedsmile ( 2016-07-25 09:43:46 -0500 )edit

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