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Creates users/groups and installs user's shell.


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Version information

  • 0.3.0 (latest)
  • 0.2.2
  • 0.2.1
  • 0.1.3
  • 0.1.2
  • 0.1.1 (deleted)
  • 0.1.1-r1
  • 0.1.0
released Jun 17th 2020
This version is compatible with:
  • Puppet Enterprise 2019.8.x, 2019.7.x, 2019.5.x, 2019.4.x, 2019.3.x, 2019.2.x, 2019.1.x, 2019.0.x, 2018.1.x, 2017.3.x, 2017.2.x, 2017.1.x, 2016.5.x, 2016.4.x
  • Puppet >= 4.7.0 < 7.0.0
  • , , , Gentoo

Start using this module

  • r10k or Code Manager
  • Bolt
  • Manual installation
  • Direct download

Add this module to your Puppetfile:

mod 'arden-account_management', '0.3.0'
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Add this module to your Bolt project:

bolt module add arden-account_management
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Manually install this module globally with Puppet module tool:

puppet module install arden-account_management --version 0.3.0

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Tags: accounts


arden/account_management — version 0.3.0 Jun 17th 2020


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Table of Contents

  1. Description
  2. Setup - The basics of getting started with account_management
  3. Usage - Configuration options and additional functionality
  4. Limitations - OS compatibility, etc.
  5. Development - Guide for contributing to the module


Creates users/groups and installs a users preferred shell in the correct order.


What account_management affects

It creates users/groups and installs a users preferred shell. It makes sure that groups are created and preferred shells are installed before the user is created.


The example below will create a group named bridge and a user named wriker. The bridge group will be created first, then wriker's preferred shell will be installed and finally the wriker user will be created with the requested parameters.

    name: 'bridge'
    gid: '1701'
    comment: 'beard'
      - 'wheel'
      - 'bridge'
    uid: '1200'
    gid: '1200'
    shell: '/bin/zsh'

Cron & Exec-Once

This module also supports providing a list of cron entries and run-once executables specified on a per user basis. This can be useful if some kind of initialization is desired when a user is first created. For example, cloning a set of dotfiles from a git repository.

    - command: 'chezmoi init --apply'
      path: '/usr/local/bin:/usr/bin'
      environment: [ 'HOME=/home/wriker' ]
      creates: '/home/wriker/.local/share/chezmoi'
    - command: '/usr/local/bin/chezmoi update -a'
      hour: '0'
      minute: '30'

Note that each entry in a user array provided within exec_map must include one of the following three attributes:

  • refreshonly
  • creates
  • onlyif

In the example above wriker's chezmoi configuration is installed when his user is first created. Additionally, a cron entry to refresh that configuration is scheduled to run every day at 00:30.


OS Support

Tested on:

  • CentOS 7
  • RHEL 7
  • Gentoo
  • Debian 10

Shell Support

  • Currently only supports bash, zsh, and ksh.


See the contributing guide.

Release Notes/Contributors/Etc.

Check out the contributor list