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3.21 import

To break up a large configuration file into smaller files you can use the include directive. This conditionally reads in files if the class on the left hand side of the assignment matches the host parsing the file. This enables also a variety of cfengine configuration scripts to read in a standard set of default settings. The syntax of the statement is:

 
import:       

   any::
      
      cf.global_classes
 

   linux::
    
      cf.linux_classes
     

Note that, if you define variables in an imported file they will not be defined for operations in their parent files. This because cfengine reads in all the import files after the main file has been parsed--not at the place where you call import in your script. This means that variables or macros defined in imported files are only defined after the main program. Variables from earlier files are inherited by later includes, but not vice-versa.


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