Publish and share facts between nodes




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released Jul 10th 2013

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hastexo/exportfact — version 0.1.1 Jul 10th 2013

exportfact: Publish and share facts between nodes

This module enables nodes to publish information about themselves using custom facts, which are then exported to other nodes.


Suppose you have a node, alice, that you configure as an HTTP proxy server. And you want all your other nodes to use that node's IP address as their HTTP proxy.

First, you could make sure that your proxy server sets an exported fact, let's call it http_proxy_host:

node alice {
  include exportfact

  exportfact::export { 'http_proxy_host':
    value => $hostname,
    category => "http_proxy"

The category is a logical grouping of facts.

Then, say every other node should know about the facts in the http_proxy category:

include exportfact

exportfact::import { 'http_proxy': }

Once the configuration has been applied on both the exporting and the importing nodes, facter -p http_proxy on the importing node will produce the $hostname of the exporting node (in the example, alice).

Of course, you might also export other information about the service. $ipaddress or $fqdn come to mind, for example.


On the exporting node, exportfact::export creates a file named <category>.txt in the facts.d directory (normally, /etc/facter/facts.d). Within this file, it uses Augeas to create name=value pairs. It is the Augeas resource, not the full contents of the file, that is exported.

On the importing node, in exportfact::import it's again Augeas that sets the exported value in the category.txt file, such that Facter can pick it up as a custom fact on its next run.

Note that exportfact::export exports a single fact, while exportfact::import imports all facts within a given category. This distinction is deliberate.


As this module uses exported resources, it only works when Stored Configuration is enabled:

storeconfigs = true

See the Puppet (and PuppetDB) documentation for more information about Stored Configuration.