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RSpec tests for Augeas resources in Puppet manifests
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RSpec tests for Augeas resources inside Puppet manifests

rspec-puppet-augeas is an extension of rodjek's popular rspec-puppet tool. It adds to your RSpec tests for a single class or define (or anything resulting in a catalog) and allows you to run and test individual Augeas resources within it.

It takes a set of input files (fixtures) that the resource(s) will modify, runs the resource, can verify it changed and is idempotent, then provides Augeas-based tools to help verify the modification was made.

Setting up

Install the gem first:

gem install rspec-puppet-augeas

Note: The augeas tools and development libraries are also required to install the ruby-augeas dependency.

Extend your usual rspec-puppet class test, e.g. for the 'sshd' class:

$ cat spec/classes/sshd_config_spec.rb
describe 'sshd' do
  it 'should have an augeas resource' do
    should contain_augeas('root login')

  # Expects Augeas['root login']
  describe_augeas 'root login', :lens => 'Sshd', :target => 'etc/ssh/sshd_config' do
    it 'should change PermitRootLogin' do
      # Run the resource against the fixtures, check it changed
      should execute.with_change

      # Check changes in the file with aug_get and aug_match
      aug_get('PermitRootLogin').should == 'no'

      # Verify idempotence last to prevent false positive
      should execute.idempotently

Copy original input files to spec/fixtures/augeas using the same filesystem layout that the resource expects:

$ tree spec/fixtures/augeas/
`-- etc
    `-- ssh
        `-- sshd_config

Lastly, in your spec/spec_helper.rb, load ruby-puppet-augeas and configure the fixtures directory.

require 'rspec-puppet-augeas'
RSpec.configure do |c|
  c.augeas_fixtures = File.join(File.dirname(File.expand_path(__FILE__)), 'fixtures', 'augeas')

If you have custom lenses in your module dir, puppetlabs_spec_helper will deal with the augeas libdir. You will however have to let the rspec-puppet-augeas module know they are not in your default augeas lens dir. You can do so by using configuring the augeas_lensdir.

require 'rspec-puppet-augeas'
RSpec.configure do |c|
  c.augeas_fixtures = File.join(File.dirname(File.expand_path(__FILE__)), 'fixtures', 'augeas')
  c.augeas_lensdir = File.join(File.dirname(File.expand_path(__FILE__)), '..', 'lib/augeas/lenses')


Read the spec file(s) at spec/classes/*.rb to see various real-life examples of the features below.

Also see rspec-puppet-augeas-example for a typical working project.

describe_augeas example group

describe_augeas adds an example group, like describe/context, but that describes an Augeas resource from the catalog. The description given to run_augeas must match the resource title. run_augeas is a synonym.

It takes optional hash arguments:

  • :fixtures manages the files to run the resource against
    • a hash of fixtures to copy from the source (under augeas_fixtures) to a destination path, e.g. { 'dest/file/location' => 'src/file/location' }
    • a string of the source path, copied to the path given by the resource's incl parameter or :target
    • nil, by default copies all fixtures
  • :target is the path of the file that the resource should modify
  • :lens is the lens to use when opening the target file (for aug_* etc.)

It sets the following variables inside examples:

  • resource to the Puppet resource object
  • subject (used implicitly) to an object representing the resource
  • output_root to the path of the fixtures directory after one run

execute matcher

The execute matcher is used to check how a resource has run, e.g.

subject.should execute

(subject is implicit and so can be left out)

It has methods to add to the checks it performs:

  • with_change ensures the resource was "applied" and didn't no-op
  • idempotently runs the resource again to ensure it applies a maximum of once

Test utilities

Helpers are provided to check the modifications made to files after applying the resource. Some require certain options, which can be supplied in the describe_augeas statement or as arguments to the method.

  • output_root returns the root directory of the modified fixtures
  • open_target opens the target file and returns the handle, closes it too if given a block (expects :target option)
  • aug_open opens the target file and returns an Augeas object, closes it too if given a block (expects :target and :lens)
  • aug_get(path) runs Augeas#get(path) against the target file (expects :target and :lens), returns the value of the node
  • aug_match(path) runs Augeas#match(path) against the target file (expects :target and :lens), returns an array of matches
  • augparse(result) runs the augparse utility against the target file (expects :target and :lens) and verifies the file matches the { "key" = "value" } augparse tree notation. Call without an argument to get the current tree back.
    • augparse() raises error containing { "key" = "value" } tree for the whole file
    • augparse('{ "key" = "value" }') verifies the target matches supplied tree
  • augparse_filter(filter, result) takes the target file and all nodes matching the given filter, then runs the resulting file through augparse as above.
    • augparse_filter('*[label()!="#comment"]') raises error containing tree for the filtered file (all non-comment entries)
    • augparse_filter('*[label()!="#comment"]', '{ "key" = "value" }') verifies the filtered file (all non-comment entries) matches supplied tree

RSpec configuration

New RSpec configuration options:

  • augeas_fixtures is the path to the root of the fixtures directory containing source files

Travis configuration

It is possible to add rspec-puppet-augeas to your Travis configuration. This requires the following additions to your Travis configuration files:

Changes to .travis.yml

The augeas packages need to be installed in the before_install block:

  - sudo apt-get install -qq augeas-tools augeas-lenses libaugeas-dev

Changes to Gemfile

The rspec-puppet-augeas gem needs to be added into the development and test group:

group :development, :test do
  gem 'puppetlabs_spec_helper', :require => false
  gem 'rspec-puppet-augeas', :require => false

Changes to spec/spec_helper.rb

These changes bring the fixtures required for rspec-puppet-augeas to work:

require 'puppetlabs_spec_helper/module_spec_helper'
require 'rspec-puppet-augeas'
RSpec.configure do |c|
  c.augeas_fixtures = File.join(File.dirname(File.expand_path(__FILE__)), 'fixtures', 'augeas')

Background reading

This module inherited code from the tests used in augeasproviders. The test methodology is described in Testing techniques for Puppet providers using Augeas.


Please file any issues or suggestions on GitHub.