A collection of task oriented solutions in Puppet


Install a package with custom options


You want to install a package but need custom options.


class yum_package_options {

  # enable a repo while installing 'localpkg'
  package { 'localpkg':
    install_options => ['--enablerepo', 'company_repo'],

  # turn off all plugins and install the package
  # using only the local cache
  package { 'localapppkg':
    install_options => ['--noplugins', '--cacheonly' ],

class apt_package_options {

  # install a package from backports using Apt
  package { 'backported-local-pkg':
    install_options => ['-t', 'jessie-backports'],



When installing packages there are times you need to customise the options passed to your package manager. Some basic examples are:

  • enabling a repo for a given package
  • install a package from Debian back ports
  • disable GPG checking for a single package

In the past these use cases required you to install a package via an explicit exec but in modern Puppet they are supported by the install_options attribute offered by a number of package providers.

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