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hi , I would like to delete the content of file and rewrite it ; Error while evaluating a Resource Statement, Duplicate declaration: File[/etc/snmp/snmpd.conf] is already declared at ...

asked 2018-06-01 06:24:11 -0600

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updated 2018-06-01 07:25:10 -0600

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class snmp (
 $myname = 'snmpd.conf',
  $snmpname   = $::snmp::params::snmpname,
) inherits ::snmp::params {

  package { 'snmp':
    name    => $snmpname,
    ensure  => present,

file { '/etc/snmp/snmpd.conf.backup':
ensure => 'present',
mode => '0644',
source => '/etc/snmp/snmpd.conf',

file { '/etc/snmp/snmpd.conf':
ensure => 'absent',

file { '/etc/snmp/$myname':
ensure => 'present',
mode => '0644',
content => 'ekofkoerfk',

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answered 2018-06-01 07:27:31 -0600

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Puppet is declaritive, you say 'this is what I want the endstate of a resource to be'. You also cannot declare the same resource mutiple times, or you get the error you have above. It is not a shell script, where you tell puppet each step it should do to reach an objective.

In your example, only having a file resource delcaring the content of the file is sufficient, that will 'wipe out' the existing file and replace it's content with the expected content.

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