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Greetings!

Thank you so much John. I just learned something new about Puppet. Utilizing inline_template is a heck of a lot easier then how I first attempted that variable substitution. I might have to go back and fix some of my older code later....


Here are a few other notes in response to your email:
Have you considered setting up a caching proxy between you and them?
We have discussed doing a caching proxy, but haven't ever had the time/inclination to implement one yet.

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What per-package request(s) is yum actually making?
I explored the yum thing a bit more. Running puppet-3.6.2-1.el6.noarch on both server and client using CentOS6 as my test systems. I started a puppet run in one terminal and ran this code in a second:
$ while [ "$(pgrep puppet)" != "" ]; do pgrep yum; done | uniq

If I just do this:
package { 'telnet' : ensure=>absent,}

Nothing triggers.

If I do it this way:
$removethesepackages = [
                 'telnet-server',
                 'telnet',
                 ]
package {$removethesepackages : ensure=>absent,}

Then I get a yum PID per package. For every PID I get a line in the puppet log like this:
Notice: /Stage[main]/audit::Software_disabled/Package[telnet]/ensure: created

(there is that weird error message again where an absent is "created").

I don't know why. Both work as expected, but the second triggers a yum call the first doesn't.

So I thought, 'Maybe it is hitting local cache and not actually going out to the repo'. I dug around in the logs on our local repo and found this:
[IP REMOVED] - - [23/Jul/2014:14:07:58 -0500] "GET /puppetlabs/6/products/x86_64/repodata/repomd.xml HTTP/1.1" 200 2529 "-" "urlgrabber/3.9.1 yum/3.2.29"

It isn't one per package, but it is one per puppet run. Something about that method calls yum differently I guess. Not sure why.

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The double notice I was referring to is this:
Notice: Package telnet is not installed
Notice: /Stage[main]/audit::Software_disabled/audit::Forbidden_package[telnet]/Notify[Package telnet is not installed]/message: defined 'message' as 'Package telnet is not installed'

I am told three times in two lines (more with wrap around on a console) that telnet isn't installed. I find it annoying and haven't found a solution to removing it yet and leaving just the first Notice. If you know of one I would be /very/ grateful.

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I implemented your code and it is working brilliantly. I made two changes.
1) I placed the define in init.pp so I can reference it anywhere in the audit class easily.
2) I changed:
  '<%= scope.lookupvar('::pkg_' + @title.gsub('-', '_')) %>')
to:
  "<%= scope.lookupvar('::pkg_' + @title.gsub('-', '_')) %>")

Using the single quotes gave me the error:
Error: Could not retrieve catalog from remote server: Error 400 on SERVER: Syntax error at '::pkg_'; expected ')' at /etc/puppet/modules/audit/manifests/software_disabled.pp:8 on node centos6.testing.puppet
Warning: Not using cache on failed catalog
Error: Could not retrieve catalog; skipping run

But now it is working really well in my dev environment! I push to production tomorrow...We will see how pleased I am with my code changes at the end of the day after this fix + 4 other "minor" changes roll out. :-D

Thank you to everyone who has chimed in. These responses are exactly what I was looking for. I have learned more about puppet and have a few new tricks to use. I really do appreciate it.

Thanks!
~Stack~


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