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copy the expected skeleton files into a user's homedir


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Version information

  • 0.1.2 (latest)
  • 0.1.0
released Mar 26th 2016

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Add this module to your Puppetfile:

mod 'geoffwilliams-bash_user_skel', '0.1.2'
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bolt module add geoffwilliams-bash_user_skel
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Manually install this module globally with Puppet module tool:

puppet module install geoffwilliams-bash_user_skel --version 0.1.2

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geoffwilliams/bash_user_skel — version 0.1.2 Mar 26th 2016


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Table of Contents

  1. Overview
  2. Module Description - What the module does and why it is useful
  3. Setup - The basics of getting started with bash_user_skel
  4. Usage - Configuration options and additional functionality
  5. Reference - An under-the-hood peek at what the module is doing and how
  6. Limitations - OS compatibility, etc.
  7. Development - Guide for contributing to the module


Populate a sysadmin's home directory with a set of consistent luxury bash configuration files. Files content is determined by this module rather then copying files already on the target system to ensure consistency.

Module Description


  • A pretty shell prompt for regular users and a red one for anyone logging in as root
  • A colourful ls command showing sizes
  • Enforced consistency (replaces ~/.bashrc)
  • Extension point for local changes (~/.bash_custom)
  • An easy way of fully setting up a local user with Puppet
  • Method to distribute custom aliases and prompts to required users


What bash_user_skel affects

  • Creates various dotfiles in the the user home directory, mirroring those in /etc/skel
  • Since ~/.bashrc is managed by Puppet, we provide a means for users to add custom unmanaged code to their shell session by editing ~/.bash_custom

Beginning with bash_user_skel

The module provides a single defined resource type bash_user_skel which needs to be applied for each user you want configure. If your happy to accept the default prompt and alias settings, all you need is:

bash_user_skel { "username": }

Where username is the username you wish to apply the settings to. If you have a small list of users its probably easiest to keep this in hiera and feed the list to the defined resource type, otherwise for larger lists you could look towards a facter based solution or integration with LDAP.

The default settings assume a home directory under /home.


In cases where you would like to supply different prompts and aliases, or your user has an unusual home directory, you can configure this via the bash_user_skel resource's parameters:

bash_user_skel( "frank_furter":
    $home_dir = "/exports/users/frank_furter",
    $ps1      = "$",
    $aliases  = [
     "ll='/bin/ls -l'",
     "ld='/bin/ls -ld'",
) {

In this case, we have a custom home directory, a simplified prompt of just $ and a couple of aliases for ls.


  • bash_user_skel - Install customised dotfiles in user home directories


Only Debian and Ubuntu support right now. Should be easy to add other Unix like OS's


PRs accepted