Man Page: puppet resource_type

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puppet-resource_type - View classes, defined resource types, and nodes from all manifests.


puppet resource_type action [--terminus TERMINUS] [--extra HASH]


This subcommand reads information about the resource collections (classes, nodes, and defined types) available in Puppet's site manifest and modules.

It will eventually be extended to examine native resource types.


Note that any setting that's valid in the configuration file is also a valid long argument, although it may or may not be relevant to the present action. For example, server and run_mode are valid settings, so you can specify --server <servername>, or --run_mode <runmode> as an argument.

See the configuration file documentation at for the full list of acceptable parameters. A commented list of all configuration options can also be generated by running puppet with --genconfig.

--render-as FORMAT
The format in which to render output. The most common formats are json, s (string), yaml, and console, but other options such as dot are sometimes available.
Whether to log verbosely.
Whether to log debug information.
--extra HASH
A terminus can take additional arguments to refine the operation, which are passed as an arbitrary hash to the back-end. Anything passed as the extra value is just send direct to the back-end.
--terminus TERMINUS

Indirector faces expose indirected subsystems of Puppet. These subsystems are each able to retrieve and alter a specific type of data (with the familiar actions of find, search, save, and destroy) from an arbitrary number of pluggable backends. In Puppet parlance, these backends are called terminuses.

Almost all indirected subsystems have a rest terminus that interacts with the puppet master's data. Most of them have additional terminuses for various local data models, which are in turn used by the indirected subsystem on the puppet master whenever it receives a remote request.

The terminus for an action is often determined by context, but occasionally needs to be set explicitly. See the "Notes" section of this face's manpage for more details.


find - Retrieve info about a resource collection.


puppet resource_type find [--terminus TERMINUS] [--extra HASH] collection_name


Retrieve info about a resource collection.


A hash of info about the requested resource collection. When used from the Ruby API: returns a Puppet::Resource::Type object.

RENDERING ISSUES: yaml and string output for this indirection are currently unusable; use json instead.


If two resource collections share the same name (e.g. you have both a node and a class named "default"), find will only return one of them. This can be worked around by using search instead.

info - Print the default terminus class for this face.


puppet resource_type info [--terminus TERMINUS] [--extra HASH]


Prints the default terminus class for this subcommand. Note that different run modes may have different default termini; when in doubt, specify the run mode with the '--run_mode' option.

search - Search for collections matching a regular expression.


puppet resource_type search [--terminus TERMINUS] [--extra HASH] regular_expression


Search for collections matching a regular expression.


An array of hashes of resource collection info. When used from the Ruby API: returns an array of Puppet::Resource::Type objects.

RENDERING ISSUES: yaml and string output for this indirection are currently unusable; use json instead.



Retrieve info about a specific locally-defined class:

$ puppet resource_type find ntp::disabled

Retrieve info from the puppet master about a specific class:

$ puppet resource_type find ntp --terminus rest


Retrieve all classes, nodes, and defined types:

$ puppet resource_type search '.*'

Search for classes related to Nagios:

$ puppet resource_type search nagios


The find and search actions return similar hashes of resource collection info. These hashes will include the following four keys:

  • file (a string)
  • name (a string)
  • type (hostclass, definition, or node)
  • line (an integer)

They may optionally include the following keys:

  • parent (name_of_resource_collection)
  • arguments (a hash of parameters and default values)
  • doc (a string)

This subcommand is an indirector face, which exposes find, search, save, and destroy actions for an indirected subsystem of Puppet. Valid termini for this face include:

  • parser
  • rest

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