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I've created the next Puppet manifest file:

node 'puppetmaster' {
    package { "screen": ensure => "installed"}
    $enhancers = [ "pixman","pixman-devel","libXfont","tigervnc-server" ]
    package { $enhancers: ensure => "installed" }
    file { '/etc/skel/.vimrc':
    content => ":set nu\n :set incsearch\n :set ignorecase\n :set smartcase\n:set ts=2",}
    file { '/root/.vimrc':
    content => ":set nu\nset incsearch\n:set ignorecase\n:set smartcase\n:set ts=2",}
    file { '/etc/sysconfig/vncserver':
    content => 'VNCSERVERS="6:root"\nVNCSERVERARGS[6]="-geometry 1152x864"',}

After applying the manifest, I check /etc/sysconfig/vncserver and it looks like this:

VNCSERVERS=6:root\nVNCSERVERARGS[6]="-geometry 1152x864"

Instead of being separated to two lines like this:

VNCSERVERARGS[6]="-geometry 1152x864"

I used the same format when setting the /etc/skel/.vimrc file and it worked like a charm so I don't understand why it doesn't work while trying to set /etc/sysconfig/vncserver, I believe it has something to do with the double quotes "". Any help would be appreciated!

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You need to use double quotes ("") instead of single quotes ('). Much like the shell, perl, and other languages, single quotes in Puppet indicate a literal string and inhibit variable interpolation and the interpretation of backslash-escapes.

file { '/etc/sysconfig/vncserver':
  content => "VNCSERVERS=\"6:root\"\nVNCSERVERARGS[6]=\"-geometry 1152x864\"",}

Notice that I've had to escape the double quotes inside the string.

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Thanks man, that solved my issue! – Itai Ganot Jul 25 '13 at 13:34

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