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Why still getting "Could not find init script or upstart conf file for 'sshd'

asked 2013-01-17 16:40:08 -0500

whiterabbit23 gravatar image

I did the Tutorial with the puppet book "Pro Puppet" and no trying to complete the ssh module section.

Unfortunately I still getting the error " Could not find init script or upstart conf file for 'sshd'" but did everything like in the book.

What does this error mean ?

My sshd_config file is under modules/ssh/files

My Configs are:

class ssh::config {
file { $ssh::params::ssh_service_config:
    ensure => present,
    owner => 'root',
    group => 'root',
    mode => 0440,
    source => "puppet:///modules/ssh/sshd_config",
    require => Class["ssh::install"],
    notify => Class["ssh::service"],


class ssh {
include ssh::params, ssh::install, ssh::config, ssh::service


class ssh ...
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answered 2013-01-17 16:51:10 -0500

My suspicion is that the problem lies with your service resource.

service { $ssh::params::ssh_service_name:
    ensure => running,
    hasstatus => true,
    hasrestart => true,
    enable => true,
    require => Class["ssh::config"], 

You appear to be running Ubuntu but here you resolve your service variable to sshd

/(Ubuntu|Debian)/: {
    $ssh_package_name = 'openssh-server'
    $ssh_service_config = "/etc/ssh/sshd_config"
    $ssh_service_name = 'sshd'

If I'm not mistaken, the service name for the ssh daemon on Ubuntu is ssh. Check /etc/init.d for a script named ssh and change your conditional logic to match if that's the case.

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answered 2013-01-17 17:45:33 -0500

whiterabbit23 gravatar image

WOW , thanks a lot !!!!!! You did solve my problem I'm working on since 5 Hours of pain.


I also have to say, that the Book "Pro Puppet", is the worse teaching book I ever used, cause of this ( where they say sshd ) I spend so much time on this ...

And this is not the first error in the book ...

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You're welcome. I'm sorry that Pro Puppet led to that frustration. It's gotten a bit out of date, as paper tends to do. If you're looking ...(more)

ryanycoleman gravatar imageryanycoleman ( 2013-01-17 18:35:20 -0500 )edit

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