Setting runinterval=0 in /etc/puppet/puppet.conf causes continuous pulls, not no pulls. I'm trying to arrange puppet so that it will listen for puppetrun calls, but never pull without one.

  • What did you do in the end?
    – Industrial
    Mar 17, 2012 at 12:49

2 Answers 2


Run puppetd with --no-client option and it will just wait for the master to initiate an update.

From man puppetd:

no-client: Do not create a config client. This will cause the daemon
           to run without ever checking for its configuration automatically,
           and only makes sense when used in conjunction with --listen.

Just run puppetd with the --onetime option, and don't start it from init.d or cron.

  • This doesn't seem to preserve the ability to use puppetrun from the server to deliver pushes.
    – Zed
    Jan 14, 2010 at 16:47
  • As an additional note, setting runinterval to an absurdly huge number (say, ten years worth) works for preventing pulls after the daemon is running, but a pull will still always be started as the daemon starts. If there's any way to just prevent that initial run, that would probably solve my problem as well.
    – Zed
    Jan 14, 2010 at 16:49

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