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Sometimes, you may try to run your puppet agent, and get an error like this:

# puppet agent --test
notice: Run of Puppet configuration client already in progress; skipping

If there is indeed another puppet agent running, it is simple enough to stop it and try again. However, what if this message appears, and there aren’t any other puppet instances running?

This happens because there is a flag stored in a file that didn’t get erased. Do this – but only if puppet is not in fact running:

# cd /var/lib/puppet/state
# rm -f puppetdlock

This will delete the lock, and puppet should start cleanly the next time. This tip works with puppet version 2.6.3.

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