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Hiera Array not returning all items

asked 2017-06-23 04:03:25 -0600

We're having a few issues with using hiera_array to bulk install a list of packages from Hiera data. We have defined a list of support packages we need installing at the common, os and sometimes the node level, recently we've seen that only the items on the top most level get installed. I'm completely lost on what would be causing this, and I'm hoping someone can point out something I've missed.

  • Puppet Agent 4.10.4
  • Puppet Server 2.7.2

Here is the snippets we're using:


# Support packages
$support_packages = hiera_array('mds::support_packages')

package { $support_packages: ensure => 'installed', }


  - yaml

  - "node/%{::fqdn}"
  - "vlan/%{vlan}"
  - "customer/%{customer}"
  - "network/%{network_env}"
  - "os/%{::osfamily}/%{::operatingsystem}/%{::operatingsystemrelease}"
  - "os/%{::osfamily}/%{::operatingsystem}/%{::operatingsystemmajrelease}"
  - "os/%{::osfamily}/%{::operatingsystem}"
  - "os/%{::osfamily}"
  - "common"

  :datadir: "/etc/puppet/environments/%{::environment}/hieradata"

:merge_behavior: deeper


    - lsof
    - strace
    - sysstat
    - tcpdump
    - nfs-utils
    - mlocate
    - parted
    - wget
    - telnet
    - unzip
    - zip
    - nano
    - dos2unix
    - mutt
    - p7zip
    - sharutils
    - net-tools
    - eject
    - time


    - nmap-ncat
    - tmux
    - compat-libstdc++-33

Target system state.yaml

[root@xxxxxx state]# grep Package state.yaml

Output of a hiera CLI call

[root@puppet ~]# hiera -c /etc/puppetlabs/puppet/hiera.yaml -a mds::support_packages environment=production ::fqdn=xxxx ::osfamily=RedHat ::operatingsystem=RedHat ::operatingsystemmajrelease=7
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Recommend using lookup instead of hiera_array, and using the lookup CLI instead of the hiera one. Also note that deep merge in hiera 3 only applies to hashes.

Henrik Lindberg gravatar imageHenrik Lindberg ( 2017-06-26 06:34:14 -0600 )edit

Thanks Henrik, ```puppet lookup``` returns its own stack of errors (which I'm yet to get to the bottom of), but it does seem to relate to a change introduced after Puppet 4.8.

nikdoof gravatar imagenikdoof ( 2017-06-26 06:57:59 -0600 )edit

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answered 2017-06-26 06:56:18 -0600

After much investigation it seems like its a bug/issue introduced after Puppet 4.8. Downgrading my master to 4.8.3 agent resolves the issue. It seems to be related to PUP-7286.

For the moment the workaround of rolling the master's agent back works, but in the near future we're looking at migrating all depreciated hiera_xxx calls to lookup

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