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GET /experimental/events

This will return all resource events matching the given query. (Resource events are generated from Puppet reports.) There must be an Accept header matching application/json.


  • query: Required. A JSON array of query predicates, in prefix form (the standard ["<OPERATOR>", "<FIELD>", "<VALUE>"] format), conforming to the format described below.

The query parameter is described by the following grammar:

query: [ {bool} {query}+ ] | [ "not" {query} ] | [ {match} {field} {value} ] | [ {inequality} {field} {value} ]
field:          FIELD (conforming to [Fields](#fields) specification below)
value:          string
bool:           "or" | "and"
match:          "=" | "~"
inequality:     ">" | ">=" | "<" | "<="

For example, for all events in the report with hash ‘38ff2aef3ffb7800fe85b322280ade2b867c8d27’, the JSON query structure would be:

["=", "report", "38ff2aef3ffb7800fe85b322280ade2b867c8d27"]

To retrieve all of the events within a given time period:

["and", ["<", "timestamp", "2011-01-01T12:01:00-03:00"],
        [">", "timestamp", "2011-01-01T12:00:00-03:00"]]

To retrieve all of the ‘failure’ events for nodes named ‘foo.*’ and resources of type ‘Service’:

["and", ["=", "status", "failure"],
        ["~", "certname", "^foo\\."],
        ["=", "resource-type", "Service"]]

For more information on the available values for FIELD, see the fields section below.

  • limit: Optional. If specified, this should be an integer value that will be used to override the event-query-limit configuration setting

See the Operators page for the full list of available operators. Note that inequality operators (<, >, <=, >=) are only supported against the timestamp FIELD.


FIELD may be any of the following. Unless otherwise noted, all fields support both equality and regular expression match operators, but do not support inequality operators.

the name of the node that the event occurred on.
the id of the report that the event occurred in; these ids can be acquired via event queries or via the /reports query endpoint.
the status of the event; legal values are success, failure, noop, and skipped.
the timestamp (from the puppet agent) at which the event occurred. This field supports the inequality operators. All values should be specified as ISO-8601 compatible date/time strings.
the type of resource that the event occurred on; e.g., File, Package, etc.
the title of the resource that the event occurred on
the property/parameter of the resource that the event occurred on; e.g., for a Package resource, this field might have a value of ensure. NOTE: this field may contain NULL values; see notes below.
the new value that Puppet was attempting to set for the specified resource property. NOTE: this field may contain NULL values; see notes below.
the previous value of the resource property, which Puppet was attempting to change. NOTE: this field may contain NULL values; see notes below.
a description (supplied by the resource provider) of what happened during the event. NOTE: this field may contain NULL values; see notes below.
Notes on fields that allow NULL values

In the case of a skipped resource event, some of the fields of an event may not have values. We handle this case in a slightly special way when these fields are used in equality (=) or inequality (!=) queries; specifically, an equality query will always return false for an event with no value for the field, and an inequality query will always return true.

Response format

The response is a JSON array of events that matched the input parameters. The events are sorted by their timestamps, in descending order:

    "certname": "foo.localdomain",
    "old-value": "absent",
    "property": "ensure",
    "timestamp": "2012-10-30T19:01:05.000Z",
    "resource-type": "File",
    "resource-title": "/tmp/reportingfoo",
    "new-value": "file",
    "message": "defined content as '{md5}49f68a5c8493ec2c0bf489821c21fc3b'",
    "report": "38ff2aef3ffb7800fe85b322280ade2b867c8d27",
    "status": "success"
    "certname": "foo.localdomain",
    "old-value": "absent",
    "property": "message",
    "timestamp": "2012-10-30T19:01:05.000Z",
    "resource-type": "Notify",
    "resource-title": "notify, yo",
    "new-value": "notify, yo",
    "message": "defined 'message' as 'notify, yo'",
    "report": "38ff2aef3ffb7800fe85b322280ade2b867c8d27",
    "status": "success"


You can use curl to query information about events like so:

curl -G 'http://localhost:8080/experimental/events' --data-urlencode 'query=["=", "report", "38ff2aef3ffb7800fe85b322280ade2b867c8d27"]' --data-urlencode 'limit=1000'

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