Yet another cron module

Lee Briggs



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Version information

  • 0.1.1 (latest)
  • 0.1.0
released Nov 27th 2016
This version is compatible with:
  • Puppet Enterprise >=3.7.0 < 2015.3.0
  • Puppet >=3.3.0 <5.0.0
  • RedHat

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jaxxstorm/cron — version 0.1.1 Nov 27th 2016


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Table of Contents

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

Module description

This is yet another puppet-cron module. It will set up cron (by installed the package and making sure the service is running) and also includes a defined type which will put cron jobs in /etc/cron.d

The cron::job type can:

  • Set up locking, using flock, meaning cronjobs don't clobber each other
  • If you use sensu, alert when they fail, using sensu-wrapper

This module has some similarities to Yelp's puppet-cron with the intention of being much simpler while still providing some of the cool stuff in that module


What puppet-cron affects

  • puppet-cron will ensure the cronie or cron package is installed
  • It will may modify the permissions of several cron directories, like /etc/crond.d

Beginning with puppet-cron

Simply include the cron module like so:

  include ::cron

You may want to use a class include if you wish to override parameters:

  class { '::cron' :
        crond_dir => '/etc/cron'


I just want to manage cron, what's the minimum I need

  include ::cron

I want to create a cron job

Use the cron::job defined type:

  ::cron::job {
    minute => '02',
    hour   => '1',
    lock   => true

This will create a cronjob file in $crond_dir (default: /etc/cron.d) which will run on the schedule you specified.



Public Classes

  • cron: Installs and configures cron in your environment.
  • cron::job: Installs and configures a cronjob in $crond_dir

Private Classes

  • [cron::install]: Installs the required cron package
  • [cron::configure]: Configures cron's required directories
  • [cron::service]: Manages the cron service



package_name [String]

Specifies the package to install for cron

package_ensure [String]

Specifies the version of the cron package to install (default: os dependent)

service_name [String]

Specifies the cron service to manage (default: latest)

service_ensure [String]

Specifies the state of the cron service (running, stopped - default: running)

service_enable [Bool]

Specifies whether the crond service should be enabled on startup (true, false - default: true)

crontab_file [String]

Specifies the path to the OS crontab file (default: os dependent)

crond_dir [String]

Specifies the path to the cron.d dir (default: /etc/cron.d)

crond_hourly [String]

Specifies the path to the cron.hourly scripts directory (default: /etc/cron.hourly)

crond_weekly [String]

Specifies the path to the cron.weekly scripts directory (default: /etc/cron.weekly)

crond_monthly [String]

Specifies the path to the cron.monthly scripts directory (default: /etc/cron.monthly)

user [String]

Specifies the user to own the crond dirs and files (default: 'root' - CHANGE WITH CAUTION)

group [String]

Specifies the group to own the crond dirs and files (default: 'root' - CHANGE WITH CAUTION)

purge [Bool]

Specifies whether to purge the $crond_dir directory of jobs not specified by puppet (default: false)



command [String]

Specifies the command to run in the job (required)

ensure [String]

Specifies whether the job should exist or not (default: present)

minute [String]

Specifies the cron style minute the job should run (default: '*')

hour [String]

Specifies the cron style hour the should run (default: '*')

day_of_month [String]

Specifies the cron style day of the month the job should run (default: '*')

month [String]

Specifies the cron style montht the job should run (default: '*')

day_of_week [String]

Specifies the cron style day of the week the job should run (default: '*')

user [String]

Specifies the user the cron job should run as (default: 'root')

environment [Array]

Specifies an array of environment variables for the job in fhe format ENV=value (default: [])

lock [Bool]

Specifies whether the cron job should lock itself using flock (default: false)

monitor_job [Bool]

Specifies whether you want to monitor the job using sensu-wrapper (default: undef)

monitor_ttl [Integer]

Specifies a TTL for the job for sensu-wrapper (default: undef)

monitor_source [String]

Specifies a source string for the alert generated in sensu (default: undef)

monitor_timeout [Integer]

Specifies a timeout for sensu-wrapper before the job should halt and fail (default: undef)