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A puppet-lint plugin to check the ensure attribute on file resources.


From the command line

$ gem install puppet-lint-file_ensure-check

In a Gemfile

gem 'puppet-lint-file_ensure-check', :require => false


Ensure present on file resource

The present value for the ensure attribute is ambiguous. You should use file instead.

What you have done

file { '/etc/sudoers':
  ensure => present,

What you should have done

file { '/etc/sudoers':
  ensure => file,

Disabling the check

To disable this check, you can add --no-file_ensure-check to your puppet-lint command line.

$ puppet-lint --no-file_ensure-check path/to/file.pp

Alternatively, if you’re calling puppet-lint via the Rake task, you should insert the following line to your Rakefile.


Transfer Notice

This plugin was originally authored by Camptocamp. The maintainer preferred that Puppet Community take ownership of the module for future improvement and maintenance. Existing pull requests and issues were transferred over, please fork and continue to contribute here instead of Camptocamp.



This gem is licensed under the Apache-2 license.

Release information

To make a new release, please do:

  • update the version in the gemspec file
  • Install gems with bundle install --with release --path .vendor
  • generate the changelog with bundle exec rake changelog
  • Check if the new version matches the closed issues/PRs in the changelog
  • Create a PR with it
  • After it got merged, push a tag. GitHub actions will do the actual release to rubygems and GitHub Packages