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asked 2013-12-06 15:44:16 -0600

mandm_zoom gravatar image

updated 2013-12-06 20:08:20 -0600

Stefan gravatar image

i am trying to copy some pem files from one master to agent, but i notice that the pem file does not get copied if the file timestamp has updated, it only gets copied when the file is modified and the file size changes..

here is my module init.pp

class copypemdev {
  # download the pem file
  file { "/tmp/pems" :
    ensure  => directory,
    source  => "puppet:///modules/copypemdev/pems",
    recurse => true,
    owner   => "abc",
    group   => "abc",
    backup  => false,
    notify  => Exec["copy pem"],

  # copy the pem file to the desired location
  exec { "copy pem":
    command     => "/bin/cp -rp /tmp/pems/* /var/www/",
    subscribe   => File["/tmp ...
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answered 2013-12-06 20:16:03 -0600

Stefan gravatar image

The algorithm that is used to determine whether a file needs to be replaced depends on the checksum parameter of the file resource (see doc). The default value is md5sum which does only take the content into account (in general this is what you want).

If you want to copy the file when the modification time changes you can explicitly set checksum => mtime (I guess this was only added as a performance considerations as checksumming a large directory tree can be painful). You cannot do both md5sum AND mtime.

Why do you want to replace a file if the content ... (more)

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Thanks guys for the reply

mandm_zoom gravatar imagemandm_zoom ( 2013-12-06 21:46:36 -0600 )edit

The reason i wanted to copy the file even when the content is same, is say a pem file was created while testing and a wrong password was used to ...(more)

mandm_zoom gravatar imagemandm_zoom ( 2013-12-06 21:48:13 -0600 )edit

answered 2013-12-06 18:11:05 -0600

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Puppet checksums files it serves and the copies it puts on agents. It uses these checksums to determine if the file has changed. Checksums are based on the contents of the file, and does not take into account modification time.

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