Standalone puppet with hiera 5 error…

With puppet moving more and more away from supporting a standalone model, it’s somewhat difficult to get puppet standalone working. I recently got bit by a hiera update that caused my puppet standalone deployments to stop interacting with hiera the way that I had deployed it.

Affected versions:

  • puppet 4.10.10
  • hiera 3.4.3

The error that I was receiving was similar to the following — note that this example cites an error with the ec2tagfacts module, which I have modified to work with puppet 4.*:

Error: Evaluation Error: Error while evaluating a Function Call, Lookup of key 'ec2tagfacts::aws_access_key_id' failed: DataBinding 'hiera': v5 hiera.yaml is only to be used inside an environment or a module and cannot be given to the global hiera at $path_to/puppet/manifests/site.pp:12:3 on node $this_node

The new way of managing hiera (via puppet server) is to contain hiera within each environment and module. This does not work with [the way I use] puppet standalone because of the way you have to reference the hiera configuration. I need to try putting puppet in the default locations and try that at some point.

I was able to resolve the issue by downgrading hiera to version 3.1.1. I am testing with other versions. Updates to follow.

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