Im learning puppet, and Im trying to update bash (no prizes for guessing why).

This is in my site.pp

       file { "/etc/apt/sources.list.d/shellshock.list":
            source  => "puppet:///files/shellshock.list",
            owner   => "root",
            group   => "root",
            mode    => "0644", 
            ensure  => present,
exec { "instantRepoUpdate":
        command          => "/usr/bin/aptitude update",
        refreshonly  => true,
    package {"bash": ensure => latest, }

From what Im reading here https://docs.puppetlabs.com/puppet/latest/reference/lang_relationships.html That should translate to:

Install /etc/apt/sources.list.d/shellshock.list, then run aptitude update, then make sure bash is on the latest version

It does, but only over two runs of the agent. I want it to perform all three actions, in order, in one run.

UPDATE: I've tried adding "require => Exec[.., require => File[..." to the exec and package resources, I get the same result.

  • I think the first arrow needs to be a notification arrow (~>) since you've set refreshonly => true
    – faker
    Oct 1, 2014 at 11:13
  • @faker. Spot on! Thank you Sir! Add it as an answer and make sure it gets accepted.
    – GeoSword
    Oct 1, 2014 at 11:18

1 Answer 1


You set refreshonly => true and as such you need to use a notification arrow instead (~>).

  • Violently disagree with the final assertion. ensure => latest will take effect, notification received or no. It may be a noop if aptitude is not aware of the new version in time, but that is another matter. Oct 2, 2014 at 19:57
  • Hm are you sure? Even if there is a chaining arrow from the exec?
    – faker
    Oct 2, 2014 at 20:16
  • Yes, the package will be skipped if the file or exec fails, but an event from either of them is of no consequence. Oct 3, 2014 at 13:06
  • @FelixFrank You are right, thanks for pointing it out! Removed from the answer.
    – faker
    Oct 3, 2014 at 13:22

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