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Puppet 4.10 Beginner's Guide - Second Edition by John Arundel

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Using templates in your manifests

Since the end result of a template is a file, you won't be surprised that we use Puppet's file resource to work with templates. In fact, we use an attribute of the file resource that you've seen before—the content attribute.

Referencing template files

Recall from Chapter 2, Creating your first manifests, that you can use the content attribute to set a file's contents to a literal string:

file { '/tmp/hello.txt':
  content => "hello, world\n",
}

And, of course, you can interpolate the value of Puppet expressions into that string:

file { "/usr/local/bin/${task}":
  content => "echo I am ${task}\n",
  mode    => '0755',
}

So far, so familiar, but we can take one further step and replace the literal string with a call to the epp() ...

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