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Puppet run failing because of missing facts on newly kickstarted machines

asked 2013-09-19 15:59:53 -0500

ujjain gravatar image

I have a Puppet fact called "location" that is located in /etc/puppet/modules/facter/lib/facter/extra_info.rb on the Puppetmaster.

Unfortunately the motd-module is failing on newly kickstarted machines with the error that the "location"-fact does not yet exist. This means that the Puppet agent run is quiting entirely, ergo not working.

How can I make the extra_info.rb be loaded first, so that the motd-module that depends on it, won't make Puppet quit it's run, because of missing facts?

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answered 2013-09-19 17:43:40 -0500

Stefan gravatar image

Make sure you run your agent with --pluginsync (doc) so custom facts are synced onto your agent. The puppet agent will download and evaluate the new fact before it will request its catalog.

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answered 2013-09-19 17:43:41 -0500

GregLarkin gravatar image

Unfortunately, this has been a problem for a while, and this thread contains a description of the problem and some possible workarounds: http://comments.gmane.org/gmane.comp.sysutils.puppet.user/30652

By using a --tags distro_facts (NB: the distro_facts tag does not exist in your manifests) option on the first puppet run , you can distribute the facts quickly. Then run puppet again with the --tags option to execute your manifests for real.

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