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asked 2016-10-04 13:49:42 -0600

kazein09 gravatar image

Hi all,

Im not quite sure if it`s possible to do but it will be good if someone can give me some way to how solve this. so i have output like:

$output = {"key1"=>"first value", "key2"=>"second value", "key3"=>"third value"}

I want to have on each $key file which is stored in /opt/$key.conf content with $value.

to be more clear short example : there will be 3 files
1 /opt/key1.conf with first value

2 /opt/key2.conf with second value

3 /opt/key3.conf with third value

Regards Karen

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answered 2016-10-04 14:33:27 -0600

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updated 2016-10-05 00:26:27 -0600

binford2k gravatar image

If you're running Puppet 4, this might do it for you, I didn't test it so make you you play with it:

$output.each |Integer $index, String $value| {
    file { "/opt/key${index}.conf":
        ensure  => file,
        content => $value,


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answered 2016-10-05 09:22:02 -0600

Jeremiah Powell gravatar image

For Puppet 3 you can use a defined type to do this. Due to lack of looping and lack of the Puppet 4 anonymous function parameter unpacking you have to unpack the hash in two steps.

The easiest is to use the built-in $title variable on a define or class. This works with the array syntax for declaring a class or resource, like a defined type, to index into the hash.

This is how the community has faked looping for many years.

This was tested with Puppet 3.8.1.

define myfile($contents) {
  $mycontent = $contents[$title]
  file { "/path/${title}": content => $mycontent, }
$output = {
  'key1' => 'first value',
  'key2' => 'second value',
  'key3' =>'third value',
$outputkeys = keys($output)
myfile { [ $outputkeys ]: contents => $output, }

Puppetlabs-stdlib has the keys() function to get the key from a hash. You will need to require that in any module using the code.

The file resource requires a fully-qualified path, hence using "/path/${fifle}" to make this valid and apply-able Puppet 3 code.

Puppet style checks will still complain about 'the module is not in module loader format' and 'no documentation on the defined type' if you check the code.

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Hi, Thanks for your comment its really works . and i can get all info as i wish. But there is one more thing also. now output is like $output = { 'key1' => { "ip" => 'first value'}, 'key2' => {"ip" => 'second value'}, 'key3' => {"ip" => 'third value'}, } how you think? is here any solution

kazein09 gravatar imagekazein09 ( 2016-10-06 17:11:38 -0600 )edit

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