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How do I combine --noop and --detailed-exitcodes ?

asked 2013-01-23 03:46:47 -0600

chmac gravatar image

I'd like to disable the puppet agent and roll out changes manually. I'm only managing a few servers. However, to ensure things are kept up to date, I'd like to schedule a cron job which will notify me if there are changes outstanding.

I did some research and figured I could probably try something like puppet agent --test --noop --detailed-exitcodes. However, that always exits 0, while puppet agent --test --detailed-exitcodes does produces a meaningful exit code.

Short of grepping the output of puppet agent --test --noop is there a more elegant way to achieve my goal?

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answered 2013-02-01 13:01:08 -0600

nanliu gravatar image

Detailed exitcode can only give you so much info. The information you are looking for is available in report metrics, and you can parse lastrunfile (see the option). This is the example output in from mcollective puppetd summary (which scrapes this file for this data, and for noop run will have pending metrics):

sudo -u peadmin /usr/local/bin/mco puppetd summary --with-class 'mysql'

 * [ ============================================================> ] 3 / 3

   Resources: {"failed"=>2,
     Changes: {"total"=>0}
      Events: {"success"=>0, "total"=>2, "failure"=>2}
    Versions: {"config"=>1359743684, "puppet"=>"2 ...
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answered 2013-01-23 10:33:41 -0600

JoshCody gravatar image

Take a look at Reporting which happens each run, noop or otherwise. Then, you can use tools like PuppetDB or Puppet Dashboard to find nodes that are out of date.

For a more robust solution, you can implement deeper orchestration with MCollective which allows you to target machines by classes, tags and facts.

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