Puppet up

DevOps tool Puppet-lint gets its first major release

JAX Editorial Team

You probably already know the VMware-backed tool Puppet. But do you know it’s little brother Puppet-lint, whose job it is to check if your Puppet code is up to scratch?

If you haven’t already come across it, Puppet-lint is
a tool that checks if your Puppet code matches the style guidelines
of the DevOps automation tool
. And last week it just turned 1.0. It’s even already
released its very first 1.0.1 bugfix. But more importantly, the
tool has received a number of new features.

A brand new plugin system

The first major version of Puppet-lint is also the first version
to have an integrated plug-in system, which allows users to add new
correction functions. The project website now features
a full list of community plugins (all of which can be made
available as Ruby Gems).

Autocorrect, control comments and new checks

Fat-fingered developers need worry no more.
Puppet-lint 1.0 is now able to correct common mistakes with
–fix. It also provides an –only check parameter
for executing a comma-separated list of checks.

On top of its new automatic correction system,
Puppet-lint allows you to override any number of tests or blocks of
code by adding “control comments
like lint:ignore:<check name> and

Finally, the major release has added two new checks
(or testing functions): puppet_url_without_modules now
checks for fileserver URLs without the modules mountpoint, while
unquoted_node_name checks for unquoted node names

For more on how to write your own puppet-lint check,
head over to Tim Sharpe’s
on puppet-lint.com.  

Puppet image via Shutterstock

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