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From Puppet web site:

Puppet is IT automation software that helps system administrators manage infrastructure throughout its lifecycle, from provisioning and configuration to patch management and compliance. Using Puppet, you can easily automate repetitive tasks, quickly deploy critical applications, and proactively manage change, scaling from 10s of servers to 1000s, on-premise or in the cloud.


Puppet packages are available in AUR. Install either puppet or puppet-git. The maintainer of the puppet AUR packages is not interested in shipping patches to minimize work as well as avoid confusion as to where bugs should go. So I will collect my patches here.


Puppet will look for your configuration in /etc/puppet/manifests/site.pp.


Facter is a package that gathers facts about the system it runs on. Use with puppet facts find facter.

Facter requires both ifconfig as well as ip to gather network related facts.

Ruby-Facter 1.6.17

Unfortunately ifconfig in arch is too new for puppet. This is a ugly patch to work around the problem:

diff -urN facter-1.6.17-orig/lib/facter/util/ip.rb facter-1.6.17/lib/facter/util/ip.rb
--- facter-1.6.17-orig/lib/facter/util/ip.rb    2013-02-25 08:48:04.000000000 +0100
+++ facter-1.6.17/lib/facter/util/ip.rb 2013-02-26 17:56:27.801252980 +0100
@@ -135,6 +135,8 @@
       output = Facter::Util::IP.ifconfig_interface(interface)
     when 'Linux'
       ifconfig_output = Facter::Util::IP.ifconfig_interface(interface)
+      ifconfig_output.gsub!(/inet ([0-9]+\.)/, 'inet addr:\1')
+      ifconfig_output.gsub!(/inet6 ([a-fA-F0-9]+:)/, 'inet6 addr: \1')
       if interface =~ /^ib/ then
         real_mac_address = get_infiniband_macaddress(interface)
         output = ifconfig_output.sub(%r{(?:ether|HWaddr)\s+((\w{1,2}:){5,}\w{1,2})}, "HWaddr #{real_mac_address}")

Apply in /usr/lib/ruby/gems/1.9.1/gems.


"Pacman" is supported by puppet. Installing packages works out of the box with puppet 3.1.0 and the git packages.


Puppet 3.1.1

Puppet has trouble with systemd on arch linux. This diff fixes it:

--- puppet-3.1.0-orig/lib/puppet/provider/service/systemd.rb    2013-02-25 08:49:29.000000000 +0100
+++ puppet-3.1.0/lib/puppet/provider/service/systemd.rb 2013-02-26 16:59:36.828276309 +0100
@@ -3,9 +3,10 @@
 Puppet::Type.type(:service).provide :systemd, :parent => :base do
   desc "Manages `systemd` services using `/bin/systemctl`."
-  commands :systemctl => "/bin/systemctl"
+  commands :systemctl => "/usr/bin/systemctl"
   #defaultfor :osfamily => [:redhat, :suse]
+  defaultfor :osfamily => [:archlinux]
   def self.instances
     i = []

Apply in /usr/lib/ruby/gems/1.9.1/gems.

If you want to enable the "storeconfig" option in /etc/puppet/puppet.conf you will also need this patch:

diff -urN puppet-3.1.1-orig/lib/puppet/rails/resource.rb puppet-3.1.1/lib/puppet/rails/resource.rb
--- puppet-3.1.1-orig/lib/puppet/rails/resource.rb      2013-03-13 20:53:21.766846140 +0100
+++ puppet-3.1.1/lib/puppet/rails/resource.rb   2013-03-13 21:01:07.337490296 +0100
@@ -84,7 +86,11 @@
   def [](param)
-    super || parameter(param)
+    if param == 'id'
+      super
+    else
+      super || parameter(param)
+    end
   # Make sure this resource is equivalent to the provided Parser resource.

Apply in the same place.

See also