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A puppet module for managing git resources

To install into puppet

Clone into your puppet configuration in your puppet/modules directory:

git clone git:// git

Or if you're managing your Puppet configuration with git, in your puppet directory:

    git submodule add git:// modules/git --init --recursive
    cd modules/git
    git checkout master
    git pull
    cd ../..
    git commit -m "added git submodule from"

It might seem bit excessive, but it will make sure the submodule isn't headless...


To install git

A basic install with the defaults would be:

     include git

Otherwise using the parametrs:

      svn => true,
      gui => true,


  • svn if true the git-svn package will also be installed
  • gui if true the git-gui package will also be installed

To set up git for a user

This basically sets the users name and email as git global variables, and should allow them to just use git. The username should be a valid user account.

With default settings just use:


Otherwise using parameters:

     user_name  => 'Some User',
     user_email => '', 


  • user_name sets the user's name to the specified string, and not the default of ${name} on ${fqdn}, where fqdn is the fully qualified domain name as discovered by facter.
  • user_email sets the user's email address to the specified string, and not the default of ${name}@${fqdn}, where fqdn is the fully qualified domain name as discovered by facter.

To specify a git repository

This will clone a git repository from a vaild git URI to a specified path on the target server. It is strongly recommended that read-only git URIs are used. If no source is given, the target path will simply be initialised as a git repository.

With minimum parameters, should create the directory /usr/src/repo and run git init in it:

      path => '/usr/src/repo',

With minimum parameters to clone from a remote source:

     path   => '/usr/src/repo',
     source => 'git://'


  • path sets the path where the git repository is created or cloned to
  • source sets the git URI from which the git repository is cloned from
  • branch this string sets a specific branch to check out
  • tag this string sets a specific tag to check out
  • update if set to true, when puppet runs it will revert any local changes and pull the current branch from the source if there is any difference between the local repository and the source repository.
  • bare if set to true, it creates a bare repository

Note: I am uncertain on how it will behave if both tag and branch are set, but tag should override branch.


This module is derived from the puppet-blank module by Aaron Hicks (

This module has been developed for the use with Open Source Puppet (Apache 2.0 license) for automating server & service deployment.

Gnu General Public License

This file is part of the git Puppet module.

The git Puppet module is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

The git Puppet module is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with the git Puppet module. If not, see

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