In previous articles, I’ve written a lot about r10k (again, again, and again), the role/profile pattern, and hiera (refactoring modules and rspec test data). I have kept each of these in a separate repository (to wit: controlrepo, role, profile, and hiera). This can also make for an awkward workflow. On the other hand, there is great separation between the various components. In some shops, granular permissions are required: the Puppet admins have access to the controlrepo and all developers have access to role/profile/hiera repos. There may even be multiple repos for different orgs. If you have a great reason to keep your repositories separate, you should continue to do so. If not, let’s take a look at how we can improve our r10k workflow by combining at least these four repositories into a single controlrepo.
To ensure we are all on the same page, here are the relevant portions of my Puppetfile: