Puppet-reports are using a lot of diskspace in:


The assumption is that it stores all reports in the MySQL database, because both paths are about the same size. The resource_statuses table consist of rows that each represent a line in a reports file.

  • Can one safely remove the reports in /var/lib/puppet/reports after Puppet-dashboard or PuppetDB has processed them?
  • What is the best practice for handling reports?
  • Is there a way to make Puppet-dashboard automatically delete the yaml report files after processing them?

1 Answer 1


Yes you can delete them and I recommend it as well. The docs for Puppet dashboard aren't very opinionated on the ongoing maintenance of the dashboard, but it does need maintenance. I recommend a cron that delete reports in the database after a few days, a second one to remove any orphaned records, and a third to delete processed reports. Mine looks like this:

cd /path/to dashboard ; RAILS_ENV=production rake reports:prune upto=3 unit=day
cd /path/to dashboard ; RAILS_ENV=production rake reports:prune:orphaned
find /var/lib/puppet/var/reports/ -mmin +300 -type f -print0 | xargs -0 -r rm > /dev/null 2>&1

You can tweak the times to what works best for your system. I don't believe the delayed_job contains any functionality to delete processed reports, but you might be able to add it to code.

  • I hope you're using puppet to set up the cron ^^; Jan 26, 2016 at 23:29

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.