Numbers in the Puppet language are normal integers and floating point numbers.
You can work with numbers using arithmetic operators.
Digits.
An optional negative sign (

). This is actually the unary negation operator rather than part of the number. Explicit positive signs (+
) aren’t allowed.An optional decimal point, which results in a floating point value.
An optional
e
orE
for scientific notation of floating point values.An
0
prefix for octal base, or0x
or0X
prefix hexidecimal base.
Integers
Integers are numbers without decimal points.
$my_number = 2 / 3 # evaluates to 0
$your_number = 5 / 3 # evaluates to 1
Floating point numbers
Floating point numbers (“floats”) are numbers
that include a fractional value after a decimal point, including a fractional value
of zero, as in 2.0
.
$some_number = 8 * 7.992 # evaluates to 63.936
$another_number = $some_number / 4 # evaluates to 15.984
Floating
point numbers between 1 and 1 cannot start with a bare decimal point. They must
have a zero before the decimal
point:$product = 8 * .12 # syntax error
$product = 8 * 0.12 # OK
e
or E
, plus an exponent, and the preceding number is multiplied by 10
to the power of that exponent. Numbers in scientific notation are always
floats:$product = 8 * 3e5 # evaluates to 2400000.0
Octal and hexadecimal integers
Integer values can be expressed in decimal notation (base 10), octal notation (base 8), and hexadecimal notation (base 16).
Decimal (base 10) integers (other than 0
) must not start with a
0
.
Octal (base 8) integers have a prefix of 0
(zero), followed by octal
digits 0
to 7
.
Hexadecimal (base 16) integers have a prefix of 0x or 0X, followed by
hexadecimal digits 0
to 9
, a
to f
, or A
to F
.
Floats can't be expressed in octal or hexadecimal.
# octal
$value = 0777 # evaluates to decimal 511
$value = 0789 # Error, invalid octal
$value = 0777.3 # Error, invalid octal
# hexadecimal
$value = 0x777 # evaluates to decimal 1911
$value = 0xdef # evaluates to decimal 3567
$value = 0Xdef # same as above
$value = 0xDEF # same as above
$value = 0xLMN # Error, invalid hex
Converting numbers to strings
Numbers are automatically converted to strings when interpolated into a string. The automatic conversion uses decimal (base 10) notation.
You can also cast a number into a string
directly, by declaring a new String
object.
$from_integer = String(342)
$from_float = String(3.14159)
To convert numbers to nondecimal
string representations, use the sprintf
function.
Converting strings to numbers
Arithmetic operators in an expression automatically convert strings to numbers, but in all other contexts (for example, resource attributes or function arguments), Puppet won’t automatically convert strings to numbers.
To convert a string to a number, cast the type by declaring a new Numeric
object.
$integer_var = Integer('342')
$float_var = Float('3.14159')
$numeric_var = Numeric('5280')
For more information about casting, see the function documentation for converting to Integer and converting to Float.
To extract numbers from strings, use the
scanf
function. This function handles
surrounding nonnumerical text.
The Integer
data type
The data type of integers is Integer
. By default, Integer
matches whole numbers
of any size, within the limits of available memory. You can use parameters to restrict
which values Integer
matches.
Parameters
Integer
is:Integer[<MIN VALUE>, <MAX VALUE>]
These
parameters are optional. They must be listed in order; if you need to
specify a later parameter, you must also specify values for any prior ones.
Position  Parameter  Data type  Default  Description 

1  Minimum value  Integer 
negative infinity  The minimum value for
the integer. This parameter accepts the special
value default , which uses its
default value. 
2  Maximum value  Integer 
infinity  The maximum value for
the integer. This parameter accepts the special
value default , which uses its
default value. 
Practically speaking, the integer size limit is the range of a 64bit signed integer (−9,223,372,036,854,775,808 to 9,223,372,036,854,775,807), which is the maximum size that can roundtrip safely between the components in the Puppet ecosystem.
Integer
 Matches any integer.
Integer[0]
 Matches any integer greater than or equal to 0.
Integer[default, 0]
 Matches any integer less than or equal to 0.
Integer[2, 8]
 Matches any integer from 2 to 8, inclusive.
The Float
data type
The data type of floating point numbers is Float
. By default, Float
matches floating point numbers
within the limitations of Ruby's Float class. Practically
speaking, this means a 64bit double precision floating point value. You can use parameters to
restrict which values Float
matches.
Parameters
Float
is:Float[<MIN VALUE>, <MAX VALUE>]
These
parameters are optional. They must be listed in order; if you need to specify a later
parameter, you must also specify values for any prior ones. Position  Parameter  Data type  Default  Description 

1  Minimum value  Float 
negative infinity  The minimum value for the float. This
parameter accepts the special value default , which uses its default
value. 
2  Maximum value  Float 
infinity  The maximum value for the float. This
parameter accepts the special value default , which uses its default
value. 

Float
 Matches any floating point number.

Float[1.6]
 Matches any floating point number greater than or equal to 1.6.

Float[1.6, 3.501]
 Matches any floating point number from 1.6 to 3.501, inclusive.
For more information about Float see Ruby's Float class docs.
The Numeric data type
The data type of all numbers, both integer and
floating point, is Numeric
. It matches any integer or floating point number, and takes no
parameters.
Numeric
is equivalent to Variant[Integer, Float]
.
If you need to set size limits but still accept both integers and floats, you can
use the abstract type Variant
to construct an appropriate data type. For
example:
Variant[Integer[3,3], Float[3.0,3.0]]