Monday, June 2, 2014

Weird Hiera related error messages in Puppet

A colleague had a YAML file not properly formatted, and he kept getting this error message:

Could not retrieve catalog from remote server: Error 400 on SERVER: syntax error on line 16, col -1: `' at /etc/puppetlabs/puppet/environments/dev/modules/introscope/manifests/pippo.pp:22 on node

at line pippo.pp:22 there is a call to hiera

One would say that hiera is so poorly coded that it doesn't even bother to log that there is a YAML parsing error... I remember working in GWBasic 30 years ago and most errors were reported in the same way, "syntax error"... but it was 30 years ago.... in fact working with Puppet I have often this 1980 feeling...

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