The dirtree function builds an array of directories from a full directory path or an array of full directory paths. The array can then be used to ensure all the required directories in a path are managed by puppet.

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  • 0.2.1 (latest)
  • 0.2.0
  • 0.1.1
released Oct 11th 2013

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AlexCline/dirtree — version 0.2.1 Oct 11th 2013


This module provides the dirtree function.

The dirtree function accepts a string containing an absolute directory path and will return an array of the tree containing all the directories of that path.

The first parameter can also be an array of absolute directory paths, which will be transformed into an array of all trees containing all directories in the paths.

An optional second parameter can be supplied that contains a path to exclude from the resulting array.

Best efforts have been made to make this function compatible with both Windows and Linux systems.


Will return: ['/usr', '/usr/share', '/usr/share/puppet']

Will return: ["C:\\windows", "C:\\windows\\system32", "C:\\windows\\system32\\drivers"]

dirtree(['/usr/share/puppet', '/var/lib/puppet/ssl', '/var/lib/puppet/modules'])
Will return: ['/usr', '/usr/share', '/usr/share/puppet',
              '/var', '/var/lib', '/var/lib/puppet', '/var/lib/puppet/ssl',

dirtree('/usr/share/puppet', '/usr')
Will return: ['/usr/share', '/usr/share/puppet']

dirtree('C:\\windows\\system32\\drivers', 'C:\\windows')
Will return: ['C:\\windows\\system32', 'C:\\windows\\system32\\drivers']

You can use the dirtree function in a class to enumerate all required directories if needed.

class dirtree {
  # rubysitedir = /usr/lib/ruby/site_ruby/1.8
  $dirtree = dirtree("/var/lib/puppet/ssl", '/var/lib')

  # $dirtree = ['/usr/lib/puppet', '/var/lib/puppet/ssl']
  ensure_resource('file', $dirtree, {'ensure' => 'directory'})

With the puppetlabs-stdlib 1.4.0 module, the ensure_resource function accepts an array, which will create new resources with the names specified if they don't already exist.


dirtree v0.2.1

  • Added the ability to pass an array of paths. Thanks to Ben Ford

dirtree v0.2.0

  • Added optional second parameter specifying portion of the path to exclude.


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