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I have a couple hundred one-off servers that have different configuration files that need to be present in a directory. Copies of the files reside on the puppet master.

Within one of my classes I have a default set of configurations that are always pushed to the node, like so:

file { "/etc/someprogram/config/000-default":
  ensure => "present",
  owner => "root",
  group => "root",
  mode =>  0764,
  source => "puppet:///modules/someprogram/000-default",

What I would like to have is something like this:

$filearray = directory listing of /etc/puppet/modules/someprogram/files/$fqdn
with each file as an element into array

file { "/etc/someprogram/config/$filename":
  ensure => "present",
  owner => "root",
  group => "root",
  mode =>  0764,
  source => "puppet:///modules/someprogram/files/$fqdn/$filename",

I'm not very familiar with puppet but I'm getting the impression there isn't a way to do this.

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Would you be alright with recursively managing the directory these reside in (recurse => true on the file type), instead of declaring each file as a separate resource? – Shane Madden Feb 10 '14 at 22:41

You can do what you are trying with this:

file { "/etc/someprogram/config":
    ensure => directory,
    recurse => remote,
    source => "puppet:///modules/someprogram/files/$fqdn"
    #Other options

This will copy all of the files in $fqdn to /etc/someprogram/config, overwriting if they already exist.

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Also take a look at recurse => remote if the directory in question will have local files that are not pushed by the puppet server. – Zoredache Feb 10 '14 at 23:18
That is a good tip, I didn't know this had been added to the spec, edited original to reflect this. – meatflag Feb 11 '14 at 0:00

If you want to define multiple files in a directory without recursing the whole directory, you can use an array - like this:

$myfiles = [ "/my/dir/file1", "/my/dir/file2", ]
file { $myfiles:
    ensure => "present",
    owner  => "root",
    group  => "root",
    mode   =>  0644,
    source => "puppet:///modules/someprogram/$fqdn/$name",

Of course, with long paths to "/my/dir" or lots of files, it would get a little unwieldy, so in that case you'd be better off creating a define which included the directory path, and just pass the array of filenames to it.

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this unfortunately does not work when you have an alias set on the file :/ – cweiske Apr 29 '14 at 15:05
Looks like you have a typo $myfiles -> $files – Fabrizio Regini Oct 14 '14 at 13:18
Thanks @FabrizioRegini - fixed – Paul Gear Oct 24 '14 at 22:57
This will not work. You cannot reference $name here. That only works if it's a defined type. – faker Jan 2 '15 at 13:19

Here is an example of how I do this:

file {
  ensure  => 'file',
  content => 'deadline',
  group   => '0',
  mode    => '644',
  owner   => '0',
  type    => 'file',

In the above example, I am assigning the deadline I/O scheduler to each of the disks on a given server through Puppet.

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