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Convert class entry in site.pp to module

asked 2012-12-18 10:07:50 -0500

bmurts gravatar image

updated 2012-12-18 10:08:11 -0500


I'm trying to keep my site.pp file clean and orderly. I've installed saz's ntp module from the Forge and I think the only way I've found to implement it is by adding the following snippet to site.pp:

class { 'ntp':
  server_list => [ '', 
                   '', ],
  server_enabled => true,

Ideally, I'd like to bring that code into a module and simply do an include ntp with my above lines. What is the recommended way of doing this?



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answered 2012-12-18 14:07:28 -0500

binford2k gravatar image

updated 2012-12-18 14:12:15 -0500

The simplest (though not best) way, without adding extra configuration layers, is to simply make a site wrapper module that includes these custom configured items like this. For example,

├── manifests
│   ├── init.pp
│   └── ntp.pp
└── tests
    ├── init.pp
    └── ntp.pp

Your ntp.pp file would look like:

class site::ntp {
  class { 'ntp':
    server_list => [ '', 
                     '', ],
    server_enabled => true,

Now at this point you can simply classify the node with site::ntp. You can add wrappers for any other classes you need inside this module.

Do keep in mind that hiera is the way forward, and ... (more)

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answered 2012-12-18 10:23:28 -0500

ashp gravatar image

The best way to handle this, assuming you are running Puppet 3.0, is to use Hiera to provide this data. In Puppet 3 things changed so that Hiera attempts to look up all class parameters automatically. To achieve your aim in hiera you could have a common.yaml with:

  - ''
  - ''
ntp::server_enabled: true
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@ashp, running PE 2.7. I have not messed with Hiera yet in my testbed.. Is there abitger alternative?

bmurts gravatar imagebmurts ( 2012-12-18 13:50:40 -0500 )edit

You should use hiera. Start with the documentation here,, though you can skip the installation steps since it's installed by default on on ...(more)

binford2k gravatar imagebinford2k ( 2012-12-18 14:15:03 -0500 )edit

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