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PDK Templates

The PDK Templates is the default templates repository for use with the Puppet Development Kit, within which we have defined all the templates for the creation and configuration of a module. Look into these directories to find the templates:

  • moduleroot templates get deployed on new module and convert; use them to enforce a common boilerplate for central files.
  • moduleroot_init templates get only deployed when the target file does not yet exist; use them to provide skeletons for files the developer needs to modify heavily.
  • object_templates templates are used by the various new ... commands for classes, defined types, etc.

The PDK also absorbs the config_defaults.yml file to apply a set of default configurations to the module. Each top-level key in the file corresponds to a target file, and will be merged with the :global section at the top. Within the template evaluation the values are available under @config. In the module itself, you can override/amend the values by putting new values into .sync.yml in the module's root. You can remove default values by adding the knockout prefix of --- to the value in the .sync.yml. The data for a target file also use delete: true and unmanaged: true to remove, or ignore the particular file.

Basic Usage

Templates like this one can be used in conjunction with the PDK. As default the PDK itself uses the templates within this repository to render files for use within a module. Templates can be passed to the PDK as a flag for several of the commands.

pdk convert --template-url

Please note that the template only needs to be passed in once if you wish to change it, every command run on the PDK will use the last specified template. For more on basic usage and more detailed description of the PDK in action please refer to the PDK documentation.

Config_default Values

The following is a description and explaination of each of the keys within config_defaults. This will help clarify the default settings we choose to apply to pdk modules.


A .gitattributes file in your repo allows you to ensure consistent git settings.

Key Description
include Defines which extensions are handled by git automatic conversions (see the gitattributes documentation). The default configuration helps to keep line endings consistent between windows and linux users.


A .gitignore file in your repo allows you to specify intentionally untracked files to ignore.

Key Description
paths Defines which files or paths for git to ignore or untrack. (see the gitignore documentation). The default configuration helps to set up commonly ignored or untracked files in a module project.


Gitlab CI is a continuous integration platform that is free for all open source projects hosted on Github and, it also has a self-hosted option that is free as well. We can trigger automated pipelines with ever change to our code base in the master branch, other branches, tags, or additional triggers. Gitlab CI uses a .gitlab-ci.yml file in the root of your repository tell Gitlab CI what jobs to run when in the pipeline.

Key Description
override Defines whether your local .sync.yml will ignore the default values in pdk-templates. Defaults to false
defaults/custom The defaults and custom keys are special keys used to denote when configuration is coming from config_defaults.yml or .sync.yml. While it is possible for users to extend the defaults provided by PDK, it's suggested that the user should only use the custom key to separate their overrides/extended configuration from the PDK provided defaults.
custom_stages Defines a custom job stage for when the CI/CD jobs will be executed in the pipeline. By default syntax and unit are defined unless override: true.
beaker Defines if you want the default, Docker-in-Docker acceptance job added. Can be set to true to enable the default acceptance job, or you can specify the variables and tags subkeys. These subkeys function the same as the global_variables option and the tags subkey found in the ruby_versions option.
global_variables Allows you to set any global environment variables for the gitlab-ci pipeline. Currently includes setting the Puppet gem version.
cache If this setting exists, it expects a single sub-key called paths. paths is an array of paths that will be cached for each subsequent job. Defaults to ['vendor/bundle']
bundler_args Define any arguments you want to pass through to bundler. The default is --without system_tests --path vendor/bundle --jobs $(nproc) which avoids installing unnessesary gems while installing them to the `vendor/bundler.
ruby_versions Define a list of ruby_versions to test against. Each version can have a series of sub-keys that are options. checks is the rake command(s) to run during the job. puppet_version sets the PUPPET_GEM_VERSION environment variable. allow_failure is an array of checks where you want to allow failures. tags is an array of Gitlab CI Runner tags.
custom_jobs Define custom Gitlab CI jobs that will be executed. It is recommended that you use this option if you need customized Gitlab CI jobs. Please see the .gitlab-ci.yml docs for specifics.
rubygems_mirror Use a custom rubygems mirror url


A .pdkignore file in your repo allows you to specify files to ignore when building a module package with pdk build.

Key Description
paths Defines which files or paths for PDK to ignore when building a module package. The default configuration helps to set up commonly ignored files in a module project when building a package.


Travis CI is a hosted continuous integration platform that is free for all open source projects hosted on Github. We can trigger automated builds with every change to our code base in the master branch, other branches or even a pull request. Travis uses a .travis.yml file in the root of your repository to learn about your project and how you want your builds to be executed.

Key Description
simplecov Set to true to enable collecting ruby code coverage.
ruby versions Define the ruby versions on which you want your builds to be executed.
bundler_args Define any arguments you want to pass through to bundler. The default is --without system_tests which avoids installing unnessesary gems.
env Allows you to add new travis job matrix entries based on the included environmnet variables, one per env entry; for example, for adding jobs with specific PUPPET_GEM_VERSION and/or CHECK values. See the Travis Environment Variables documentation for details.
global_env Allows you to set global environment variables which will be defined for all travis jobs; for example, PARALLEL_TEST_PROCESSORS or TIMEOUT. See the Travis Global Environment Variables documentation for details.
docker_sets Allows you to configure sets of docker to run your tests on. For example, if I wanted to run on a docker instance of Ubuntu I would add set:docker/ubuntu-14.04 to my docker_sets attribute. docker_sets is a hash that supports the 'set' and 'testmode' key
docker_sets['set'] this should refrence the docker nodeset that you wish to run
docker_sets['testmode'] this configueres the BEAKER_TESTMODE to use when testing the docker instance. the two options are apply and agent if omitted apply is used by default
docker_defaults Defines what values are used as default when using the docker_sets definition. Includes ruby version, sudo being enabled, the distro, the services, the env variables and the script to execute.
includes Ensures that the .travis file includes the following checks by default: Rubocop, Puppet Lint, Metadata Lint.
remove_includes Allows you to remove includes set in config_defaults.yml.
branches Allows you to specify the only branches that travis will run builds on. The default branches are master and /^v\d/.
branches_except Allows you to specify branches that travis will not build on.
remove_branches Allows you to remove default branches set in config_defaults.yml.


YARD is a documentation generation tool for the Ruby programming language. It enables the user to generate consistent, usable documentation that can be exported to a number of formats very easily, and also supports extending for custom Ruby constructs such as custom class level definitions.

Key Description
markup Specifies the markup formatting of your documentation. Default is markdown.
optional Define any additional arguments you want to pass through to the yardoc command.


AppVeyor is a hosted, distributed continuous integration service used to build and test projects hosted on GitHub by spinning up a Microsoft Windows virtual machine. AppVeyor is configured by adding a file named appveyor.yml, which is a YAML format text file, to the root directory of the code repository.

Key Description
appveyor_bundle_install Defines the bundle install command for the appveyor execution run. In our case we use bundle install --without system_tests as default, therefore avoiding redundant gem installation.
environment Defines any environment variables wanted for the job run. In our case we default to the latest Puppet 4 gem version.
matrix This defines the matrix of jobs to be executed at runtime. Each defines environment variables for that specific job run. In our defaults we have a Ruby version specfied, followed by the check that will be run for that job.
test_script This defines the test script that will be executed. For our purposes the default is set to bundle exec rake %CHECK%. As appveyor iterates through the test matrix as we defined above, it resolves the variable CHECK and runs the resulting command. For example, our last test script would be executed as bundle exec rake spec, which would run the spec tests of the module.


Rake is a Make-like program implemented in Ruby. Tasks and dependencies are specified in standard Ruby syntax within the Rakefile, present in the root directory of the code repository. Within modules context Rake tasks are used quite frequently, from ensuring the integrity of a module, running validation and tests, to tasks for releasing modules.

Key Description
requires A list of hashes with the library to 'require', and an optional 'conditional'.
changelog_user Sets the github user for the change_log_generator rake task.Optional, if not set it will read the 'author' from the metadata.json file
changelog_project Sets the github project for the change_log_generator rake task.Optional, if not set it will read the 'name' from the metadata.json file
changelog_since_tag Sets the github since_tag for the change_log_generator rake task.Required for the changlog rake task
default_disabled_lint_checks Defines any checks that are to be disabled by default when running lint checks. As default we disable the --relative lint check, which compares the module layout relative to the module root.
extra_disabled_lint_checks Defines any checks that are to be disabled as extras when running lint checks. No defaults are defined for this configuration.
extras An array of extra lines to add into your Rakefile


RuboCop is a Ruby static code analyzer. We use Rubocop to enforce a level of quility and consistancy within Ruby code. Rubocop can be configured within .rubocop.yml which is located in the root directory of the code repository. Rubocop works by defining a sanitized list of cops that'll cleanup a code base without much effort, all of which support autocorrect and that are fairly uncontroversial across wide segments of the Community.

Key Description
include_todos Allows you to use rubocop's "TODOs" to temporarily skip checks by setting this to true. See rubocop's --auto-gen-config option for details. Defaults to false.
selected_profile Allows you to define which profile is used by default, which is set to strict, which is fully defined within the profiles section.
default_configs Allows you to define the default configuration of which cops will run. Includes the full name of the cop followed by a description of it and an enforced style. Can also make use of the key excludes to exclude any files from that specific cop.
cleanup_cops Defines a set of cleanup cops to then be included within a rubocop profile. Cops are defined by their full name, and further configuration can be done by specifying secondary keys. By default we specify a large amount of cleanup cops using their default configuration.
profiles Defines the profiles that can be enabled and used within rubocop through the selected_profile option. By default we have set up three profiles: cleanups_only, strict, hardcore and off.


A Gemfile is a file we create which is used for describing gem dependencies for Ruby programs. All modules should have an associated Gemfile for installing the relevant gems. As development and testing is somewhat consistant between modules we have used the template to define a set of gems relevant to these processes.

Key Description
required Allows you to specify gems that are required within the Gemfile. Gems can be defined here within groups, for example we use the :development gem group to add in several gems that are relevant to the development of any module.
optional Allows you to specify additional gems that are required within the Gemfile. This key can be used to further configure the Gemfile through assignment of a value in the .sync.yml file.


The spec/default_facts.yml file contains a list of facts to be used by default when running rspec tests

Key Description
concat_basedir Overrides the concat_basedir fact's value in the base template. Defaults to "/tmp".
ipaddress Overrides the ipaddress fact's value in the base template. Defaults to "".
is_pe Overrides the is_pe fact's value in the base template. Defaults to false.
macaddress Overrides the macaddress fact's value in the base template. Defaults to "AA:AA:AA:AA:AA:AA".
extra_facts List of extra facts to be added to the default_facts.yml file. They are in the form: "name of fact: value of fact"


The spec/spec_helper.rb file contains setup for rspec tests

Key Description
hiera_config Sets the hiera_config rspec-puppet parameter.
mock_with Defaults to ':mocha'. Recommended to be set to ':rspec', which uses RSpec's built-in mocking library, instead of a third-party one.
spec_overrides An array of extra lines to add into your spec_helper.rb. Can be used as an alternative to spec_helper_local
strict_level Defines the Puppet Strict configuration parameter. Defaults to :warning. Other values are: :error and :off. :error provides strictest level checking and is encouraged.

Further Notes

Please note that the early version of this template contained only a 'moduleroot' directory, and did not have a 'moduleroot_init'. The PDK 'pdk new module' command will still work with templates that only have 'moduleroot', however the 'pdk convert' command will fail if the template does not have a 'moduleroot_init' directory present. To remedy this please use the up to date version of the template.