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Manage the name service switch - nsswitch.conf on linux and solaris, /etc/netsvc.conf on aix


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Version information

  • 0.2.0 (latest)
  • 0.1.0
released Apr 7th 2017

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

Add this module to your Puppetfile:

mod 'geoffwilliams-name_service_switch', '0.2.0'
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Add this module to your Bolt project:

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

puppet module install geoffwilliams-name_service_switch --version 0.2.0

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geoffwilliams/name_service_switch — version 0.2.0 Apr 7th 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


Manage the name service switch - /etc/nsswitch.conf on Linux and Solaris, /etc/netsvc.conf on AIX


What name_service_switch affects

  • Manage entries in /etc/nsswitch.conf or /etc/netsvc.conf file depending on OS
  • Takes ownership of existing entries based on file_line match patterns, does not rewrite the entire file



include name_service_switch

Simplest usage, just sets the hosts: entry to files dns.


class { "name_service_switch":
    entries => {
      "hosts" => "files dns myhostname",
      "bar"   => "foo baz"

Ensures that hosts line is set to files dns myhostname and the bar line is set to foo baz. If bar doesn't exist, it will be added to the file.


generated documentation.

Reference documentation is generated directly from source code using puppet-strings. You may regenerate the documentation by running:

bundle exec puppet strings

The documentation is no substitute for reading and understanding the module source code, and all users should ensure they are familiar and comfortable with the operations this module performs before using it.


  • 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