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Puppet error in node variable

asked 2018-08-02 09:06:18 -0500

Hello everyone!

I have this manifest:

$foremanlogin = file('/etc/puppetlabs/code/environments/production/manifests/foremanlogin.txt')
$foremanpass = file('/etc/puppetlabs/code/environments/production/manifests/foremanpass.txt')

$query = foreman({foreman_user => "$foremanlogin",
                  foreman_pass => "$foremanpass",
                  item         => 'hosts',
                  search       => 'hostgroup = "Web Servers"',
filter_result => 'name',

$quoted = regsubst($query, '(.*)', '"\1"')
$query6 = join($quoted, ",")

notify{"The value is: ${query6}": }

node ${query6} {

package { 'atop':
    ensure => 'installed',


When I execute this on agent I got error:

Server Error: Could not parse for environment production: Syntax error at ''

Error in my node block

node ${query6}

Now if I remove this from code:

node ${query6} {

package { 'atop':
    ensure => 'installed',


I see correct output from notify, my variable looks like this:


Variable in correct node manifest format.

I don't understand whats wrong? variable query6 is correct.

How to fix that?

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answered 2018-08-27 13:54:05 -0500

XeRO gravatar image

It seems like node definitions don't support variables at the moment, see Language: Node definitions, saying:

A node statement’s name must be one of the following:

  • A quoted string containing only letters, numbers, underscores (_), hyphens (-), and periods (.).
  • A regular expression.
  • The bare word default.

So it doesn't mention variables. I believe not even the regular expression takes variables.

A way to solve the problem could be External Node Classifiers. Haven't used them yet, but it sounds like you can find the answer to your problem with ENC's.

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