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Manage directories recursively

asked 2013-03-27 04:45:36 -0500

Ripzura gravatar image


How can I manage a directory recursively? I want to change the mode and owner of all files and directories under a certain directory recursively.

I have no control over the files or directories under this top dir. They are not managed by puppet.

Something like this does not seems to work:

   file { "/opt/simpana":
           ensure => directory,
           recurse => true,
           owner => "root",
           group => "root",
           mode => 0644,

this only changes the /opt/simpana directory to the correct mode, owner and group but not any of the files below this directory.

Is this possible at all in puppet 2.7.20 or ... (more)

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Hmm, this works OK for me on 2.7.12 at least; files under that directory get 0644 and directories get 0755. Can you show us an example of where ...(more)

jonn gravatar imagejonn ( 2013-03-27 12:26:20 -0500 )edit

Found some more info in the log (/Stage[main]/Commvault/File[/opt/simpana]) Failed to generate additional resources using 'eval_generate: Cannot manage files of type socket. Is there any way ...(more)

Ripzura gravatar imageRipzura ( 2013-03-27 16:54:50 -0500 )edit

Ah - yes, I see the same if I create a device file. It appears to still be an open bug ( so @Ancillas' exec idea ...(more)

jonn gravatar imagejonn ( 2013-03-27 17:08:59 -0500 )edit

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answered 2013-03-27 16:34:22 -0500

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updated 2013-03-27 16:34:47 -0500

I've always thought directory/filesystem management in Puppet to be a bit odd. I would seriously consider using Exec for performance concerns when managing many files.

find . -type d -exec chmod 0755 {} \; 
find . -type f -exec chmod 0644 {} \;
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I have to agree. Just did a puppet run with the two sockets excluded. Applying this resources took a LOT longer using "File" than my previous "Exec" did.

Ripzura gravatar imageRipzura ( 2013-03-27 17:24:59 -0500 )edit

answered 2013-03-27 17:15:42 -0500

Ripzura gravatar image

as per I ignored the two sockets in this directory causing the problem here. A quick google search did not show any other "nice" methods of doing this.

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