This includes a dirtree function to builds an array of directories from a full directory path or an array of full directory paths to be used as a file resource title. It also includes a dirtree resource type which can ensure the existance only of a full directory path.

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released Aug 18th 2016
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    pltraining/dirtree — version 0.3.0 Aug 18th 2016


    This module provides the dirtree function and resource type, both used for recursive directory management.


    dirtree() function

    This function accepts a string containing an absolute directory path and will return an array of the tree containing all the directories of that path.

    The first parameter can also be an array of absolute directory paths, which will be transformed into an array of all trees containing all directories in the paths.

    An optional second parameter can be supplied that contains a path to exclude from the resulting array. This excludes all intermediate paths between the system 'root' (i.e. '/' or 'X:') and the given exclude path as well.

    Best efforts have been made to make this function compatible with both Windows and Linux systems.


    Will return: ['/usr', '/usr/share', '/usr/share/puppet']
    Will return: ["C:\\windows", "C:\\windows\\system32", "C:\\windows\\system32\\drivers"]
    dirtree(['/usr/share/puppet', '/var/lib/puppet/ssl', '/var/lib/puppet/modules'])
    Will return: ['/usr', '/usr/share', '/usr/share/puppet',
                  '/var', '/var/lib', '/var/lib/puppet', '/var/lib/puppet/ssl',
    dirtree('/usr/share/puppet', '/usr')
    Will return: ['/usr/share', '/usr/share/puppet']
    dirtree('/usr/share', '/usr/share/puppet')
    Will return: []
    dirtree('C:\\windows\\system32\\drivers', 'C:\\windows')
    Will return: ['C:\\windows\\system32', 'C:\\windows\\system32\\drivers']

    You can use the dirtree function in a class to enumerate all required directories if needed.

    class dirtree {
      # rubysitedir = /usr/lib/ruby/site_ruby/1.8
      $dirtree = dirtree("/var/lib/puppet/ssl", '/var/lib')
      # $dirtree = ['/usr/lib/puppet', '/var/lib/puppet/ssl']
      ensure_resource('file', $dirtree, {'ensure' => 'directory'})

    dirtree resource type

    This resource type will simply ensure the existence of a directory. It cannot and will not manage ownership or permissions. You should use the file resource type for that. It's simply for use in the edge case in which you must use a directory which you cannot fully manage, for one reason or another.


    dirtree { 'a temp dir':
      ensure  => present,
      path    => '/tmp/foo/bar/baz',
      parents => true,
    dirtree { 'another temp dir with the same path':
      ensure  => present,
      path    => '/tmp/foo/bar/baz',
    file { '/tmp/foo/bar/baz':
      ensure => directory,
      owner  => 'root',
      group  => 'root',
      mode   => '0755',


    • dirtree v0.2.2

      • Added clarification and code, that exclude path also works, if given paths are short than itself.
      • Included the dirtree resource type.
      • More robust handling of Windows path separators.
    • dirtree v0.2.1

      • Added the ability to pass an array of paths. Thanks to Ben Ford
    • dirtree v0.2.0

      • Added optional second parameter specifying portion of the path to exclude.


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