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  • 1.1.0 (latest)
  • 1.0.3
  • 1.0.2
  • 1.0.1
  • 1.0.0
released Mar 15th 2014

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mod 'netmanagers-dnsmasq', '1.1.0'
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netmanagers/dnsmasq — version 1.1.0 Mar 15th 2014

Puppet module: dnsmasq

This is a Puppet module for dnsmasq based on the second generation layout ("NextGen") of Example42 Puppet Modules.

Made by Javier Bértoli / Netmanagers

Official site:

Official git repository:

Released under the terms of Apache 2 License.

This module depends on R.I.Pienaar's concat module (

This module requires functions provided by the Example42 Puppi module (you need it even if you don't use and install Puppi)

For detailed info about the logic and usage patterns of Example42 modules check the DOCS directory on Example42 main modules set.

USAGE - Basic management

  • All parameters can be set using Hiera. See the manifests to see what can be set.

  • dnsmasq has a gazillion parameters available, so please take a look to init.pp, params.pp and the templates, to see what can be done with this module.

  • Many configuration parameters in dnsmasq can be specified more than once, and even with different structure in the values assigned:,,
       dhcp-range=1234::, ra-only 
       dhcp-range=1234::2, 1234::500, 64, 12h

    so these variables can be passed as arrays with a string as value, and they will be set as many times as needed in the config file, all hyphens (-) given as underscores (_):

        class { 'dnsmasq': 
          domain     => [ ',,', 
                          '' ]
          dhcp_range => [ '1234::, ra-only',
                          '1234::2, 1234::500, 64, 12h' ] 
  • As I like to have extra hosts added in the directory "/etc/hosts.d/", with different files holding records with different criteria, I've created a define "dnsmasq::addhost" that uses "concat" and creates these files as needed:

        dnsmasq::addhost {
          ip    => '111.222.333.444',
          names = ['', 
          file = '',

    This will add an entry in the file "/etc/hosts.d/"


and it will be added to the list of files to check in "addn-hosts"

  • Install dnsmasq with default settings

      class { 'dnsmasq': }
  • Install a specific version of dnsmasq package

  • Install a specific version of fail2ban package

      class { 'fail2ban':
      class { 'dnsmasq':
        version => '1.0.1',
  • Disable dnsmasq service.

      class { 'dnsmasq':
        disable => true
  • Remove dnsmasq package

      class { 'dnsmasq':
        absent => true
  • Enable auditing without without making changes on existing dnsmasq configuration files

      class { 'dnsmasq':
        audit_only => true
  • Module dry-run: Do not make any change on all the resources provided by the module

      class { 'dnsmasq':
        noops => true

USAGE - Overrides and Customizations

  • Use custom sources for main config file

      class { 'dnsmasq':
        source => [ "puppet:///modules/example42/dnsmasq/dnsmasq.conf-${hostname}" , "puppet:///modules/example42/dnsmasq/dnsmasq.conf" ], 
  • Use custom source directory for the whole configuration dir

      class { 'dnsmasq':
        source_dir       => 'puppet:///modules/example42/dnsmasq/conf/',
        source_dir_purge => false, # Set to true to purge any existing file not present in $source_dir
  • Use custom template for main config file. Note that template and source arguments are alternative.

      class { 'dnsmasq':
        template => 'example42/dnsmasq/dnsmasq.conf.erb',
  • Automatically include a custom subclass

      class { 'dnsmasq':
        my_class => 'example42::my_dnsmasq',

USAGE - Example42 extensions management

  • Activate puppi (recommended, but disabled by default)

      class { 'dnsmasq':
        puppi    => true,
  • Activate puppi and use a custom puppi_helper template (to be provided separately with a puppi::helper define ) to customize the output of puppi commands

      class { 'dnsmasq':
        puppi        => true,
        puppi_helper => 'myhelper', 
  • Activate automatic monitoring (recommended, but disabled by default). This option requires the usage of Example42 monitor and relevant monitor tools modules

      class { 'dnsmasq':
        monitor      => true,
        monitor_tool => [ 'nagios' , 'monit' , 'munin' ],
  • Activate automatic firewalling. This option requires the usage of Example42 firewall and relevant firewall tools modules

      class { 'dnsmasq':       
        firewall      => true,
        firewall_tool => 'iptables',
        firewall_src  => '',
        firewall_dst  => $ipaddress_eth0,


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