I'm not sure if there's a way to increase the timeout for exported resource
reconstruction, however rather than doing a Puppet resource collection you
can query the raw data from PuppetDB:


Here is an example a colleague of mine used to vastly speed up the catalog
of our Nagios server. Here it queries exported 'hostgroup_member' resources
with a specific tag, then uses the returned hash of data in a template to
define all Nagios hostgroups:

$hostgroup_members = pdbresourcequery(
[ 'and',
[ '=', 'tag', $nagios::params::sites ],
[ '=', 'type', 'Nagios::Config::Hostgroup_member' ],
[ '=', 'exported', true ]
file { $nagios::params::hostgroups_yaml:
content => template('nagios/nagios_hostgroups.yaml.erb'),
notify => Class['nagios::service'],

This cut our catalog down from over 2 minutes in compile/collect time to
around 20-30 seconds.

Hope that helps,

On Wednesday, January 16, 2013 11:35:23 PM UTC, Joshua Buss wrote:

Wow, I just found this by googling for the error message and I'm getting
the exact same problem.. unable to run puppet agent on the same machine
where I have the puppet master running.. times out on loading plugin. I'm
running on ubuntu server 11.10, version 2.7.1-1ubuntu3.7
On Monday, January 7, 2013 1:19:41 PM UTC-6, Rob Smith wrote:

Hi everyone,

I recently ran into an issue where my puppetmaster can't run puppet on
itself. It errors out with the following:
Error: Could not retrieve catalog from remote server: execution expired
Warning: Not using cache on failed catalog
Error: Could not retrieve catalog; skipping run

I'm running Puppet 3 with passanger and puppetdb (hsql). I've tried
restarting puppetdb and apache to no effect. If I wipe out puppetdb, it'll
work again until all 17 servers are back into the catalog and it times out
from then on. The puppet master is also my nagios node so it does have a
huge amount of resources to assemble.

Can I configure puppet to wait longer for the catalog generation step?
I've search the docs without anything standing out to me.

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