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Module to manage external facts


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Version information

  • 1.1.0 (latest)
  • 1.0.0
released Sep 19th 2016

Start using this module

  • r10k or Code Manager
  • Bolt
  • Manual installation
  • Direct download

Add this module to your Puppetfile:

mod 'datacentred-external_facts', '1.1.0'
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Add this module to your Bolt project:

bolt module add datacentred-external_facts
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Manually install this module globally with Puppet module tool:

puppet module install datacentred-external_facts --version 1.1.0

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datacentred/external_facts — version 1.1.0 Sep 19th 2016


Table of Contents

  1. Overview
  2. Module Description - What the module does and why it is useful
  3. Usage - Configuration options and additional functionality
  4. Limitations - OS compatibility, etc.
  5. Testing - Guide for contributing to the module


The external facts module is a simple wrapper around Facter 1.7+ support for external facts.

Module Description

The external facts module installs supporting directory structures and creates external facts on demand. These are defined on your hosts by puppet DSL and on subsequent runs are sent to the master for use in manifest compilation. If the fact definition is removed the fact is automatically purged and will become absent in subsequent puppet runs.


Enabling Support

Hosts must declare the directory management portion of the module if they want non-existant facts to be purged and no facts are being pushed.

include ::external_facts

NOTE: As long as there is at least one fact being created auto-purging of other non-manged facts will occur even if the base class is not included

Creating facts

This can either be with an implicit value of true

external_facts::fact { 'a_fact': }

or may be declared with an explicit value for use elsewhere

external_facts::fact { 'servicegroups':
  value => 'http,https',


This module should work on all GNU Linux systems, but has only been tested on Ubuntu and RedHat.