How To Install facter on Debian 10

In this tutorial we learn how to install facter on Debian 10. facter is collect and display facts about the system

Introduction

In this tutorial we learn how to install facter on Debian 10.

What is facter

Facter is Puppet??s cross-platform system profiling library. It discovers and reports per-node facts, which are collected by the Puppet agent and are made available in Puppet manifests as variables. Facter comes with a number of built-in facts providing information about the operating system, hardware, SSH keys, etc., but is also easily extensible through the following interfaces: .

  • Through custom facts using Facter’s Ruby API.
  • Through `external’ facts which can be either executables, or static data files. . This package contains the facter binary and the ruby module making facter available to Puppet.

There are three ways to install facter on Debian 10. We can use apt-get, apt and aptitude. In the following sections we will describe each method. You can choose one of them.

Install facter Using apt-get

Update apt database with apt-get using the following command.

sudo apt-get update

After updating apt database, We can install facter using apt-get by running the following command:

sudo apt-get -y install facter

Install facter Using apt

Update apt database with apt using the following command.

sudo apt update

After updating apt database, We can install facter using apt by running the following command:

sudo apt -y install facter

Install facter Using aptitude

If you want to follow this method, you might need to install aptitude first since aptitude is usually not installed by default on Debian. Update apt database with aptitude using the following command.

sudo aptitude update

After updating apt database, We can install facter using aptitude by running the following command:

sudo aptitude -y install facter

How To Uninstall facter on Debian 10

To uninstall only the facter package we can use the following command:

sudo apt-get remove facter

Uninstall facter And Its Dependencies

To uninstall facter and its dependencies that are no longer needed by Debian 10, we can use the command below:

sudo apt-get -y autoremove facter

Remove facter Configurations and Data

To remove facter configuration and data from Debian 10 we can use the following command:

sudo apt-get -y purge facter

Remove facter configuration, data, and all of its dependencies

We can use the following command to remove facter configurations, data and all of its dependencies, we can use the following command:

sudo apt-get -y autoremove --purge facter

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Summary

In this tutorial we learn how to install facter on Debian 10 using different package management tools like apt, apt-get and aptitude.