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I would like to be sure that the motd file is empty. I would love to do like this:

file { "/etc/motd":
  ensure => empty

This obviously does not work.

Is there a simple way to ensure a file is empty instead using the "source" declaration and store an empty file in the file repository?

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This ought to work just fine to ensure that the file does exist and contains nothing:

file { "/etc/motd":
  ensure => present,
  content => "",
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