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Puppet module for Chris Lea packages for Ubuntu, e.g. node.js and zeromq.

Inspired by niallo.



  • make test to perform a simple smoke test; or
  • make vm to create the Vagrant virtual machine and install Node.js.

I use the latter for my own testing.


  • apt-get update if you have a fresh Ubuntu install, just in case
  • cd /etc/puppet/modules
  • git clone git://
  • ln -s puppet-chrislea chris
  • Use chris::lea::nodejs and other classes as below
  • Use chris::lea::repo to define your own classes as below

Installing Node.js:

In your node definition, or whichever class it's including:

  • include chris::lea::nodejs

So far, I've only defined these two classes:

  • chris::lea::nodejs
  • chris::lea::zeromq

Installing Other Packages:

To add a package from a repository for which I haven't made a class:

  • Use chris::lea::repo to add the repositories
  • Declare your package
  • Use the right $name between the curly bracket and the colon: this will be the argument to apt-get install
  • require the repositories you just added


class zeromq_development {
  chris::lea::repo { 'libpgm': }
  chris::lea::repo { 'zeromq': }
  package { 'libzmq-dev':
    ensure  => installed,
    require => [

To find out which repositories you need:

  • Visit the archive page, e.g. zeromq
  • Click "Technical details about this PPA"
  • Look under the title "Dependencies"

Adjustments from original:

  • Fixed operation on Ubuntu with sources.list.d in /etc/apt
  • Fixed operation on Ubuntu with current add-apt-repository entry filenames
  • Broke out definition for repository
  • Set timeout=3600 for apt-get update, which can be slow
  • Avoided apt-get update if it's been done once since add-apt-repository
  • Added g++, libexpat1-dev to nodejs
  • Broke out zeromq to its own class
  • Packaged it all as a Puppet module
  • Added Vagrantfile and Makefile
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