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Boolean normalizing property for Puppet types


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released Aug 14th 2013
This module has been deprecated by its author since Jun 26th 2023.

The author has suggested puppet-boolean as its replacement.

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adrien/boolean — version 1.0.1 Aug 14th 2013


Define actual boolean properties for puppet types.


Puppet has loosely defined internal types which can make normalizing boolean values in types and providers difficult. This custom property handles that normalization in one place by defining actual boolean states.


Type implementation:

require 'puppet/property/boolean'

Puppet::Type.newtype(:awesome) do

  newparam(:name, :namevar => true)

  newproperty(:betterthanslicedbread, :parent => Puppet::Property::Boolean) do
    desc "Determine if the thing is more awesome than sliced bread"
    defaultto true # It's not hard to be more awesome than sliced bread

  newproperty(:better_than_rocket_boots, :parent => Puppet::Property::Boolean) do
    desc "Determine if the thing is more often than rocket boots"
    defaultto false # Rocket boots are pretty hard to beat

  newproperty(:will_get_you_eaten_by_sharks, :parent => Puppet::Property::Boolean) do
    desc "Determine if this is so awesome that it'll get you eaten by sharks"
    defaultto :false # Use a symbol for the default value and it'll still be false

  newproperty(:suitable_for_human_consumption, :parent => Puppet::Property::Boolean) do
    desc "Determine if the thing is both awesome and edible"
    defaultto :false # The are more non-edible things than edible things

Type usage:

awesome { 'actual booleans':
  better_than_rocket_boots       => true,   # Use an unquoted string!
  better_than_sliced_bread       => 'true', # Use a quoted string!
  suitable_for_human_consumption => no,     # Use yes and no! It doesn't matter!


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