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How to read entire files in Puppet verbatim (without parsing like template)?

asked 2016-11-23 13:59:35 -0500

UnitedMarsupials gravatar image

I need to create a bunch of ssh_authorized_keys resources. The resource expects its key-attribute to be the public key itself -- there is no way to refer to a file containing the key.

Because the keys are very long and because I already have them in files, I'd rather Puppet read them from the files instead of me quoting them in the manifest.

I can imagine a few other use-cases too.

Is there already a function to read a specified file verbatim, without attempting to interpret them as template() does?

For public-keys I can, actually, get away with template(), but that carries an overhead of a parsing-attempt. Also, in some other cases, depending on the file's contents, the parsing may, actually, "fail" or, worse, not fail, but quietly alter the contents...

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You could define an array of keys in hiera and then define your ssh_authorized_key's inside a loop. See

Red Cricket gravatar imageRed Cricket ( 2016-11-23 16:52:04 -0500 )edit

That still requires me to open up the existing key-files myself. And it solves only this one use-case...

UnitedMarsupials gravatar imageUnitedMarsupials ( 2016-11-23 19:54:17 -0500 )edit

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answered 2016-11-23 18:51:43 -0500

updated 2016-11-23 18:53:44 -0500

the file function maybe in conjunction with loops, depending on how you'd like to save your keys

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Awesome! That's exactly, what I was looking for...

UnitedMarsupials gravatar imageUnitedMarsupials ( 2016-11-23 19:55:02 -0500 )edit

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