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A path type/provider would be great, since the need is so common. For
example, 7Zip has an MSI, but to use the command line tools you have to
edit PATH.

Also, since facter prepends the Puppet dirs to PATH, every time I update
PATH from $::path it adds another copy of the Puppet dirs, and quickly
fills up the entire variable with Puppet stuff. I don't actually understand
why you do that anyway. If you can point me to the source where it happens
I can hack it out myself for now.

On Monday, August 20, 2012 5:01:50 PM UTC-5, Josh Cooper wrote:

Hi Jeff,
On Mon, Aug 20, 2012 at 11:43 AM, Jeff Sussna wrote:
OK, I got registry::value working by commenting out the calls to
validate_re. I will file a ticket for that.
The registry module has a dependency on the stdlib module. When
installing the module on a unix puppet master, the dependency will be
resolved automatically (stdlib module will be downloaded if
necessary). And since the running the module tool on Windows is not
currently supported (in large part because of the tar.gz format, see
[1]), you'll have to manually download the stdlib module to your
Windows box.
Unfortunately, though, the
Windows gotchas continue. If you manually edit PATH in the System control
panel, the new value shows up the next time you open a new cmd window. If,
however, you edit it in the registry, the change doesn't show up until you
reboot the machine. I've verified this behavior in XP and Server 2003.
I found this post:

http://mnaoumov.wordpress.com/2012/07/24/powershell-add-directory-to-environment-path-variable/

Broadcast to all windows that the environment has changed.
I also discovered an "inconvenience" with the puppet registry module.
registry::value calls registry_value, which appends the value to the key to
create a namevar. That means you can't edit PATH within a module that has a
dependency on another module that edits path; if you do, you get a duplicate
declaration error.
Really we should have a type & provider for managing the system path.
I've filed this as https://projects.puppetlabs.com/issues/16048

Josh

[1] http://projects.puppetlabs.com/issues/11276

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