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Can I still benefit from using Chef (et al) when I'm not in total control of the server?

I would like to get better control over my deployment environments, but I share the system administration responsibility with an IT department that has their own (not fully automated) processes for ...
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1answer
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How to manage Linux servers and tasks?

As a developer who is managing more and more Linux servers for my various projects and tasks, I'm starting to seriously think about how to manage these servers efficiently. I have come up with such a ...
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1answer
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Chef - how much abstraction is smart?

We have > 20 individual apps that we support. Most do not see changes more than a couple times a year. We think chef will help us down the line. I am trying to find a happy medium between manual ...
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1answer
471 views

Opscode Chef nginx compile from source issue reports successful run but does nothing

I am trying to install nginx from source in Opscode Chef and its bit weird, it runs complaining nothing but does not install it either. This is how my role attributes look like looks like "nginx":{ ...
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Why can't “knife data bag from file” find existing json file on chef server?

Summary: I'm running into a problem with "knife data bag from file", where knife doesn't recognize the .json data bag file pulled down from a remote git repo. Background: I'm currently trying to ...
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1answer
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Shared files/templates between cookbooks

We have multiple cookbooks which reference the same files and templates and were wondering if there is a reasonable way to ensure all of these are the same file to ensure that none go out of date. An ...
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How to set ulimits for a service starting at boot?

I need, for mysql to use large-pages, to set a ulimit - I've done this in limits.conf. However, limits.conf (pam_limits.so), doesn't get read in for init, only for "real" shells. I solved this before ...
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Multiple related resources in chef recipe

I need to run some commands depending on a result of previous execution, which again depends on some package being installed. On the first run, I'd expect something like: install package "XXX" get ...