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Install BMC Patrol agent with Puppet


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Version information

  • 0.2.1 (latest)
  • 0.2.0
released Feb 15th 2017

Start using this module

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

Add this module to your Puppetfile:

mod 'geoffwilliams-bmc_patrol', '0.2.1'
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Add this module to your Bolt project:

bolt module add geoffwilliams-bmc_patrol
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Manually install this module globally with Puppet module tool:

puppet module install geoffwilliams-bmc_patrol --version 0.2.1

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geoffwilliams/bmc_patrol — version 0.2.1 Feb 15th 2017

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Table of Contents

  1. Description
  2. Usage - Configuration options and additional functionality
  3. Reference - An under-the-hood peek at what the module is doing and how
  4. Limitations - OS compatibility, etc.
  5. Development - Guide for contributing to the module


Install BMC agent using a tarball downloaded from a web server that contains a silent install script (


What bmc_patrol affects

  • Install a list of prereq_package
  • Create a patrol user and group
  • Download, extract and run the installer



class { "bmc_patrol":
  media_source   => "",,

Download tarball from media source, extract and run installer:

  • Run as user 'patrol'
  • Install into /usr/patrol on AIX, all other system to /opt/patrol
  • Only runs if /(opt|usr)/patrol/Patrol3 does not yet exist (to prevent constant re-installation)


class { "bmc_patrol":
  media_source   => "",
  prereq_package => {"foo"=>{}, "bar"=>{}},
  creates        => "/opt/patrol/Patrol3/magic"
  environment    => "FOO=bar",
  arguments      => "--foo",

You can set parameters to the bmc_patrol class to suit your needs, see class definition for details.

In this example, we:

  • Supplied a different list of prerequisites packages to install (foo and bar)
  • Detect whether we need to run checking for the absence of a file at /opt/patrol/Patrol3/magic - if the file is missing we download and run the installer
  • Supplied a custom environment to run the installation script (set shell variables, etc)
  • Passed the --foo option to our installer script



  • bmc_patrol - Install BMC Patrol agent


  • Proxies not supported
  • The tarball must contain a directory with the same name as the downloaded file minus any .tar.gz extension. Inside this directory, there must be an executable script called
  • Not supported by Puppet, Inc.


PRs accepted :)


This module supports testing using PDQTest.

Test can be executed with:

bundle install
bundle exec pdqtest all

See .travis.yml for a working CI example