Exported Resource Design Patterns

Exported Resource Design Patterns

Exported resources allow the Puppet compiler to share information among nodes by combining information from multiple nodes’ catalogs. This helps you manage things that rely on nodes knowing the states or activity of other nodes.

Note: Exported resources rely on the compiler having access to the information, and cannot use information that’s never sent to the compiler, such as the contents of arbitrary files on a node.

For more information on the syntax, behavior, and prerequisites of exported resources, see the Exported Resources section of the Puppet language reference.

This page does not explain how exported resources work; instead, it covers common use cases.

Exported Resources with Nagios

Puppet includes native types for managing Nagios configuration files. These types become very powerful when you export and collect them. For example, you could create a class for something like Apache that adds a service definition on your Nagios host, automatically monitoring the web server:

# /etc/puppetlabs/puppet/modules/nagios/manifests/target/apache.pp
class nagios::target::apache {
   @@nagios_host { $fqdn:
        ensure  => present,
        alias   => $hostname,
        address => $ipaddress,
        use     => "generic-host",
   @@nagios_service { "check_ping_${hostname}":
        check_command       => "check_ping!100.0,20%!500.0,60%",
        use                 => "generic-service",
        host_name           => "$fqdn",
        notification_period => "24x7",
        service_description => "${hostname}_check_ping"

# /etc/puppetlabs/puppet/modules/nagios/manifests/monitor.pp
class nagios::monitor {
    package { [ nagios, nagios-plugins ]: ensure => installed, }
    service { nagios:
        ensure     => running,
        enable     => true,
        #subscribe => File[$nagios_cfgdir],
        require    => Package[nagios],
    # collect resources and populate /etc/nagios/nagios_*.cfg
    Nagios_host <<||>>
    Nagios_service <<||>>

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