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I have a puppet class 'php' which looks like the following:

    class php {
  case $operatingsystem {
    debian: {
      package {'php5-common':
        ensure => latest,
        provider => apt,
       }
      package {'php5-mysql': ensure => latest, provider => apt}
      package {'php5-gd': ensure => latest, provider => apt}
      package {'php5-fpm': ensure => latest, provider => apt}
      package {'php5-mcrypt': ensure => latest, provider => apt}
      package {'php5-memcache': ensure => latest, provider => apt}
    }
  }

  service { 'php5-fpm':
    ensure => running,
    enable => true,
  }
} 

I include the php class in the node configuration in /etc/puppet/manifests/site.pp

It looks like

node 'example' {
  include php
}

When I run puppet agent -t on the client it installs the packages, but it installs kind of too much. It also installs apache and I don't know where it gets it from. I don't have any config in puppet for apache.

I guess it's using the debian recommendations or suggestions, but I'm not sure, because I disabled that on the server.

cat > /etc/apt/apt.conf.d/01norecommend 

The log output on the client is

Info: Retrieving plugin
Info: Loading facts in /var/lib/puppet/lib/facter/pe_version.rb
Info: Loading facts in /var/lib/puppet/lib/facter/puppet_vardir.rb
Info: Loading facts in /var/lib/puppet/lib/facter/last_run.rb
Info: Loading facts in /var/lib/puppet/lib/facter/root_home.rb
Info: Loading facts in /var/lib/puppet/lib/facter/puppi_projects.rb
Info: Loading facts in /var/lib/puppet/lib/facter/facter_dot_d.rb
Info: Caching catalog for eample
Info: Applying configuration version '1383041633'
Error: Could not prefetch package provider 'apt': invalid byte sequence in US-ASCII
Notice: /Stage[main]/Php/Package[php5-mysql]/ensure: ensure changed 'purged' to 'latest'
Notice: /Stage[main]/Php/Package[php5-gd]/ensure: ensure changed 'purged' to 'latest'
Notice: /Stage[main]/Php/Package[php5-mcrypt]/ensure: ensure changed 'purged' to 'latest'
Notice: /Stage[main]/Php/Package[php5-memcache]/ensure: ensure changed 'purged' to 'latest'
Notice: /Stage[main]/Php/Package[php5-fpm]/ensure: ensure changed 'purged' to 'latest'
Notice: Finished catalog run in 11.31 seconds

The following packages are installed after that

ii apache2-mpm-prefork 2.2.22-13 amd64 Apache HTTP Server - traditional non-threaded model ii apache2-utils 2.2.22-13 amd64 utility programs for webservers ii apache2.2-bin 2.2.22-13 amd64 Apache HTTP Server common binary files ii apache2.2-common 2.2.22-13 amd64 Apache HTTP Server common files ii libapache2-mod-php5filter 5.4.4-14+deb7u5 amd64 server-side, HTML-embedded scripting language (apache 2 filter module) ii libapache2-mod-php5filter 5.4.4-14+deb7u5 amd64 server-side, HTML-embedded scripting language (apache 2 filter module) ii php5-common 5.4.4-14+deb7u5 amd64 Common files for packages built from the php5 source ii php5-fpm 5.4.4-14+deb7u5 amd64 server-side, HTML-embedded scripting language (FPM-CGI binary) ii php5-gd 5.4.4-14+deb7u5 amd64 GD module for php5 ii php5-mcrypt 5.4.4-14+deb7u5 amd64 MCrypt module for php5 ii php5-memcache 3.0.6-6 amd64 memcache extension module for PHP5 ii php5-mysql 5.4.4-14+deb7u5 amd64 MySQL module for php5

When I run apt-get install $php-package-names it won't install apache, just when I use apache. That's kind of annoying, because I'm going to use nginx.

Do you have an idea how I can get puppet to install the packages normally without apache as dependency?

  • Could you check reverse dependencies with "apt-get rdepends <package>"? There might be some traces there. – norrland Oct 29 '13 at 14:53
  • Thanks, the problem is solved now. apt-rdepends showed traces to phpapi-20100525, a virtual package. aptitude show phpapi-20100525 outputs: Provided by: libapache2-mod-php5, libapache2-mod-php5filter, libphp5-embed, php5-cgi, php5-cli, php5-fpm As Shane already wrote it will use the first one, in this case libapache2-mod-php5. – user196605 Oct 30 '13 at 1:58
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Make php5-fpm install before the others with require.

The gd, memcache, mcrypt, and mysql packages require the virtual package phpapi-20100525, which is provided by libapache2-mod-php5 or by php5-fpm.

When you install them in a single command, it's already installing one of the packages that fulfills the requirement. When run separately as Puppet resources, apt is forced to pick one and picks the Apache library.

  • Thanks, that solved the problem. I'd upvote you, but I just signed up yesterday and it requires at least 15 reputation. – user196605 Oct 30 '13 at 1:51

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