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Puppet 4.10 Beginner's Guide - Second Edition

By : John Arundel
Book Image

Puppet 4.10 Beginner's Guide - Second Edition

By: John Arundel

Overview of this book

Puppet 4.10 Beginner’s Guide, Second Edition, gets you up and running with the very latest features of Puppet 4.10, including Docker containers, Hiera data, and Amazon AWS cloud orchestration. Go from beginner to confident Puppet user with a series of clear, practical examples to help you manage every aspect of your server setup. Whether you’re a developer, a system administrator, or you are simply curious about Puppet, you’ll learn Puppet skills that you can put into practice right away. With practical steps giving you the key concepts you need, this book teaches you how to install packages and config files, create users, set up scheduled jobs, provision cloud instances, build containers, and so much more. Every example in this book deals with something real and practical that you’re likely to need in your work, and you’ll see the complete Puppet code that makes it happen, along with step-by-step instructions for what to type and what output you’ll see. All the examples are available in a GitHub repo for you to download and adapt for your own server setup.
Table of Contents (20 chapters)
Puppet 4.10 Beginner's Guide Second Edition
About the Author
About the Reviewer
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Cron resources

Cron is the mechanism on UNIX-like systems which runs scheduled jobs, sometimes known as batch jobs, at specified times or intervals. For example, system housekeeping tasks such as log rotation, or checking for security updates, are run from cron. The details of what to run and when to run it are kept in a specially-formatted file called crontab (short for cron table).

Puppet provides the cron resource for managing scheduled jobs, and we saw an example of this in the run-puppet manifest we developed in Chapter 3, Managing your Puppet code with Git (run-puppet.pp):

cron { 'run-puppet':
  command => '/usr/local/bin/run-puppet',
  hour    => '*',
  minute  => '*/15',

The title run-puppet identifies the cron job (Puppet writes a comment to the crontab file containing this name, to distinguish it from other, manually-configured cron jobs). The command attribute is the command for the cron resource to run, and the hour and minute attributes specify the time (*/15 is cron...