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Posted over 8 years ago

Vagrant plugin: vagrant-puppetconf

Our puppet setup has slightly different configs depending on what environments (test, staging, and production) we are provisioning a server in. We key our config settings for each environment off the puppet ‘environment’ config in puppet.conf.

An example puppet.conf

The issue is that we want our vagrant box to be able to assume the configs for any environment. For example, during development, we may want to provision a web server for the test environment, then switch it to staging, and make sure the changes that we expect are actually applied.

The workflow for doing this prior to vagrant-puppetconf was…

$ vagrant up --no-provision
$ vagrant ssh
$ vi /etc/puppet/puppet.conf #update the environment config
$ exit
$ vagrant provision

Introducing vagrant-puppetconf

vagrant-puppetconf is a vagrant plugin that allows setting puppet.conf config values from your Vagrantfile. Using this plugin, the workflow becomes…

$ vi Vagrantfile #edit the puppetconf environment config
$ vagrant up

Check out the project on Github for more information.

Other stuff I learned

augtool is a convenience tool for updating config files. It uses an xpath-like syntax for identifying config keys and setting/updating/viewing their values. It can be invoked via the command line, and also has API bindings for several programming languages including, ruby, puppet, and C.

ow to use augtool (command line):
$ cat /etc/puppet/puppet.conf
$ echo -e "set /files/etc/puppet/puppet.conf/main/environment test \n save" | sudo augtool -b
$ diff /etc/puppet/puppet.conf /etc/puppet/puppet.conf.augsave 
< environment=test
> environment=production
$ cat /etc/puppet/puppet.conf
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