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err: /File[/var/lib/puppet/lib]: Failed to generate additional resources using 'eval_generate': Error 400 on SERVER: Not authorized to call search on /file_metadata/plugins with {:ignore=>[".svn", "CVS", ".git"], :recurse=>true, :checksum_type=>"md5", :links=>"manage"}

err: /File[/var/lib/puppet/lib]: Could not evaluate: Error 400 on SERVER: Not authorized to call find on /file_metadata/plugins Could not retrieve file metadata for puppet:// Error 400 on SERVER: Not authorized to call find on /file_metadata/plugins

What exactly causes this error, and how to fix it? Or how to debug?

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Just in case it helps someone in the future: I had the same problem, and for me it was due to the version of puppet on the master being behind the version on the client. – Jeremy Apr 4 '14 at 2:25
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I finally figured this out, it was missing permissions from the fileserver.conf file:

Changing the contents of this file to:

  allow *.com

And restarting puppetmaster fixed my issue.

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For me downgrading facter package on the client fixed the issue

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