Facter is meant to stand alone and apart from Puppet. However, Facter often runs inside Puppet and all custom facts included in the stdlib module will almost always be evaluated in the context of Puppet and Facter working together.
Still, we don’t want to write custom facts that blow up in the users face if
Puppet is not loaded in memory. This is often the case if the user runs
facter without also supplying the
Ah! But Jeff, the custom fact won’t be in the
$LOAD_PATH unless the user
--facter! You might say…
Not (always) true I say! If the user happens to have a CWD of
<modulepath>/stdlib/lib then the facts will automatically be evaluated and
In any event, it’s pretty easy to write a fact that has no value if Puppet is not loaded. Simply do it like this:
Facter.add(:node_vardir) do setcode do # This will be nil if Puppet is not available. Facter::Util::PuppetSettings.with_puppet do Puppet[:vardir] end end end
Facter::Util::PuppetSettings.with_puppet method accepts a block and
yields to it only if the Puppet library is loaded. If the Puppet library is
not loaded, then the method silently returns
nil which Facter interprets as
an undefined fact value. The net effect is that the fact won’t be set.