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regular expressions: node definition

asked 2013-12-04 02:57:16 -0600

Quindoo gravatar image

updated 2013-12-04 04:11:13 -0600


I am working on defining nodes using regular expressions. The names of my servers will excist of the server role, a number (01 and counting), and the domain name.

In the examples they show definities with www1 and counting but I can't combine that method with other methods.

What would be the best way to define a server using regular expressions if the server was called for example?

Thanks in advance,


EDIT: I managed to get it working using /^database\d+$/ and /^database/

EDIT: One final question, is it possible ... (more)

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answered 2013-12-04 11:13:51 -0600

ramindk gravatar image

updated 2013-12-05 04:19:01 -0600

You can build and test your regex expressions using Rubular though make sure you choose the matching Ruby of your Puppet install.

The regex I would use for your subdomain problem


I think it's more correct to escape the dots as I've done above, but it should still work without doing so.

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Thank you, that seems to be the working answer. Also, thanks for providing the suggestion towards using Rubular. I will try it out the next time.

Quindoo gravatar imageQuindoo ( 2013-12-05 01:58:26 -0600 )edit

noticed the html ate my backslashes, added back in.

ramindk gravatar imageramindk ( 2013-12-05 04:19:50 -0600 )edit

It worked without the backslashes aswell, I used / What is the reason behind using backslashes in front of each dot? Also the $ seems useless aswell.

Quindoo gravatar imageQuindoo ( 2013-12-05 06:12:03 -0600 )edit

The dot has a special meaning within Regex and means any character. If you test with Rubular you'll notice that www01TsubdomainTdomainTcom will match. The $ also means start matching from ...(more)

ramindk gravatar imageramindk ( 2013-12-05 12:20:48 -0600 )edit

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