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Unable to run Puppet on OSX Mountain Lion [closed]

asked 2012-12-18 13:54:34 -0600

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updated 2013-01-03 14:05:34 -0600

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I want to use Puppet in combination with Vagrant. I want to be able to install modules like iptables etc but I am unable to install anything.

So I have installed puppet (from a .dmg) ruby is installed on ruby 1.8.7 (2009-06-12 patchlevel 174) [i686-darwin12.2.0]

Everytime I try to run anything with puppet, I get the following:

/usr/bin/puppet:3:in `require': no such file to load -- puppet/util/command_line (LoadError)
from /usr/bin/puppet:3

What do I need to do to fix this?

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close date 2013-01-03 15:27:17.185418


I think we might need a few more details. You say you get that error every time you want to anything with puppet, can you clarify the commands you're ...(more)

Celia gravatar imageCelia ( 2012-12-18 15:05:11 -0600 )edit

How did you install puppet?

stahnma gravatar imagestahnma ( 2012-12-18 15:21:28 -0600 )edit

One option is to use RVM ( to manage different Ruby environments and then create you own gemset where you can install Puppet and Vagrant as gems.

example42 gravatar imageexample42 ( 2012-12-19 03:30:05 -0600 )edit

@Celia if i want to run a .pp file, if i want to install an plugin,...

simonrondelez gravatar imagesimonrondelez ( 2012-12-21 12:25:52 -0600 )edit

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answered 2012-12-26 21:28:40 -0600

Have you tried just installing puppet as a gem?

gem install puppet

It's always worked for me and I've never needed to screw around with symlinks.

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make sure you've removed the puppet .dmg install first

rodjek gravatar imagerodjek ( 2012-12-28 10:22:54 -0600 )edit

You would want to remove /usr/lib/ruby/site_ruby/1.8/{puppet*,facter*,hiera*} to purge the system of the installed Puppetlabs dmg, and remove the puppet* binaries in /usr/bin

glarizza gravatar imageglarizza ( 2013-01-03 14:16:29 -0600 )edit

so this was the solution, i removed puppet completely with the dirs from @glarizza and than installed it with sudo gem install puppet

simonrondelez gravatar imagesimonrondelez ( 2013-01-03 15:25:31 -0600 )edit

Awesome! Using Puppet with the system version of Ruby should work perfectly fine with the Puppet Labs packages. If, however, you're using a non-standard version of Ruby, then I ...(more)

glarizza gravatar imageglarizza ( 2013-01-04 15:00:45 -0600 )edit

now i can continue with my thesis about Puppet and Chef!

simonrondelez gravatar imagesimonrondelez ( 2013-01-04 15:03:30 -0600 )edit

answered 2012-12-18 15:22:10 -0600

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Until we have a better solution, you should create symlinks so that the library files may be imported properly.

sudo ln -s /usr/lib/ruby/site_ruby/1.8/puppet /System/Library/Frameworks/Ruby.framework/Versions/1.8/usr/lib/ruby/site_ruby/1.8/puppet
sudo ln -s /usr/lib/ruby/site_ruby/1.8/puppet.rb /System/Library/Frameworks/Ruby.framework/Versions/1.8/usr/lib/ruby/site_ruby/1.8/puppet.rb
sudo ln -s /usr/lib/ruby/site_ruby/1.8/semver.rb /System/Library/Frameworks/Ruby.framework/Versions/1.8/usr/lib/ruby/site_ruby/1.8/semver.rb
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puppet is located @ /usr/bin/puppet do these links fit?

simonrondelez gravatar imagesimonrondelez ( 2012-12-21 10:43:27 -0600 )edit

so i did what you siad but still i get the same error message:

simonrondelez gravatar imagesimonrondelez ( 2012-12-21 10:50:11 -0600 )edit

/usr/bin/puppet:3:in `require': no such file to load -- puppet/util/command_line (LoadError) from /usr/bin/puppet:3

simonrondelez gravatar imagesimonrondelez ( 2012-12-21 10:50:20 -0600 )edit

i must say that i had to make the folder site_ruby/1.8/

simonrondelez gravatar imagesimonrondelez ( 2012-12-21 10:50:58 -0600 )edit

@binford2k that doesn't do the job...

simonrondelez gravatar imagesimonrondelez ( 2012-12-25 15:08:19 -0600 )edit

answered 2013-01-01 17:32:02 -0600

I am having the same problem. Installed from the packages provided by Puppet Labs. However using Ruby version 1.9.3.

› puppet resource user
/usr/local/Cellar/ruby/1.9.3-p0/lib/ruby/1.9.1/rubygems/custom_require.rb:36:in `require': cannot load such file -- puppet/util/command_line (LoadError)
    from /usr/local/Cellar/ruby/1.9.3-p0/lib/ruby/1.9.1/rubygems/custom_require.rb:36:in `require'
    from /usr/bin/puppet:3:in `<main>'
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The packages from Puppet Labs will ONLY install Puppet for the system ruby. If you've installed another Ruby, you will need to make it available to that Ruby - and ...(more)

glarizza gravatar imageglarizza ( 2013-01-03 14:08:16 -0600 )edit

answered 2012-12-18 23:53:25 -0600

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updated 2012-12-26 21:21:07 -0600

Those directories are actually symlinked to /Library/Ruby/Site/1.8. The installer should install to this location. How did you install Puppet? Where were Puppet's libraries being installed? Did you use the native package installer from


I updated ticket 18205 ( ) in response to my findings. The following symlinks should exist on the system:

$ ls -la /usr/lib/ruby
lrwxr-xr-x  1 root  wheel  76 Oct 14 10:35 /usr/lib/ruby -> ../../System/Library/Frameworks/Ruby.framework/Versions/Current/usr/lib/ruby

$ls -la /usr/lib/ruby/site_ruby ...
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i used the link that you posted ;)

simonrondelez gravatar imagesimonrondelez ( 2012-12-21 10:42:14 -0600 )edit

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