September 17, 2011

Installing unsigned packages with puppet

When you are running your own repo, installing packages that you built yourself or don't have signatures, apt-get complains, and the puppet run fails. This frustrated me pretty seriously until I figured out what needed to be done. All you need to do is create a file in /etc/apt/apt.conf/ with the contents APT::Get::AllowUnauthenticated yes. The smart way of doing this is of course, in your apt module. Add a section to it with

# It's OK to install unsigned packages
File {
 owner     => root,
 group     => root,
 content   => "APT::Get::AllowUnauthenticated yes;",
 mode      => 644;

and you should be on your merry way.