PDK troubleshooting

If you are encountering trouble with PDK, check for these common issues.

PDK not in ZShell PATH on Mac OS X

With ZShell on Mac OS X, PDK is not automatically added to the PATH. To fix this, add the PATH by adding the line eval (/usr/libexec/path_helper -s) to the ZShell resource file (~/.zshrc).

PDK failing to pull from custom git server

If a fatal: unable to access...SSL certificate problem: self signed certificate error occurs during PDK usage, it indicates that the PDK is trying to download a module from a source that isn't trusted. For example, given a .fixtures.yml that references an untrusted self-hosted git repository server git.self.hosted

# .fixtures.yml
    nginx: "puppet/nginx"
    mymodule: 'https://git.self.hosted/companyxyz/mymodule.git'

then running pdk test unit will throw an error something like:

root@seattle:~/modules/tester# pdk test unit
pdk (INFO): Using Ruby 3.2.2
pdk (INFO): Using Puppet 8.1.0
[✖] Preparing to run the unit tests.
[✔] Cleaning up after running unit tests.
pdk (ERROR): The spec_prep rake task failed with the following error(s):

Cloning into 'spec/fixtures/modules/mymodule'...
fatal: unable to access 'https://git.self.hosted/companyxyz/mymodule.git/': SSL certificate problem: self signed certificate
#<Thread:0x00007ffff9b2e138 /opt/puppetlabs/pdk/share/cache/ruby/3.2.0/gems/logging-2.3.1/lib/logging/diagnostic_context.rb:471 run> terminated with exception (report_on_exception is true):

To resolve this issue, first create a backup of the existing PDK certificates file, which lives /opt/puppetlabs/pdk/ssl/cert.pem on linux machines and C:\Program Files\Puppet Labs\DevelopmentKit\ssl\cert.pem on windows.

Then do the following

  • Obtain the chain of trust certificates from the self-hosted server. For example, printf '' | openssl s_client -connect git.self.hosted:443 -showcerts will return metadata including the trust certificates for the git.self.hosted:443 server.

  • Append the trust certificates to the end of the cert.pem ensuring the pdk "trusts" the new self-hosted git server.

NOTE: There is a known issue Upgrading the pdk over-writes the pdk's cert.pem. Therefore, any custom certificates will need to be added again after upgrading the pdk.