Force a rspec-puppet recompile

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Hanover, MD, 04 June 2018

I was recently testing some puppet code that required a modification to the server_facts inbuilt variables.

This led me to discover that the puppet catalog is not recompiled at each run of compile.


Unfortunately, even switching context scopes did not force a catalog recompile. The only way to do this is apparently to modify the parameters that are passed into the class in order to invalidate the cache.

The following code provides an example of what would need to be done to trigger a full recompile.

Puppet Class Under Test

class test (
  Boolean $param1 = true,
  Boolean $param2 = true
) {
  notify { 'testing': }

RSpec Code

describe 'test' do
  # The first full compile
  it { compile.with_all_deps }

  context 'with no changes' do
    # This will not recompile
    it { compile.with_all_deps }

  context 'repeating the default params' do
    let(:params) do
        :param1 => true,
        :param2 => true

    # This will not recompile
    it { compile.with_all_deps }

  context 'with one param changed' do
    let(:params) do
        :param1 => false

    # This WILL recompile
    it { compile.with_all_deps }


At this time, it only takes a single parameter change to force a cache invalidation and hopefully there will be a way to explicitly invalidate the cache in the future.

Trevor has worked in a variety of IT fields over the last decade, including systems engineering, operating system automation, security engineering, and various levels of development.

At OP his responsibilities include maintaining overall technical oversight for Onyx Point solutions, providing technical leadership and mentorship to the DevOps teams. He is also responsible for leading OP’s solutions and intellectual property development efforts, setting the technical focus of the company, and managing OP products and related services. In this regard, he oversees product development and delivery as well as developing the strategic roadmap for OP’s product line.

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puppet, testing, rspec-puppet, programming

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