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can 'knife diff' be told to ignore binary files?

I maintain many chef cookbooks that are worked on by various teams. Some teams choose to include binary files in the cookbooks. Before uploading a modified cookbook i like to 'knife diff' to double ...
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Best practices - Conditionals for Chef resources without guard attributes?

We are setting up a cluster using Apache Ambari. Our Chef run is interrupted by the need to use Ambari to provision the Hadoop cluster. Current installs are a three part process: Initial Chef run ...
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Referencing client.rb values in a recipe

How can I get the value for a key in a nodes client.rb via a recipe during chef-client runs? Example: client.rb path_to_foo "/opt/foo" recipes/default.rb log config[:path_to_foo]
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Knife leaves stray processes on my system

I'm seeing stray knife processes on my system. I have an automated ruby script that runs bundle exec knife bootstrap against various nodes. Most of the time the knife process completes and goes away, ...
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Chef recipe order of execution redux

Given the following recipe: ruby_block "block1" do block do puts "in block1" end action :create end remote_file "/tmp/foo" do puts "in remote_file" source ...
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Chef, installation of nokogiri with system libraries fails on Centos 6.5

I'm trying to fix a recipe that needs the gems nokogiri and savon on Centos 6.5. Since the simple chef_gem 'nokogiri' require 'nokogiri' chef_gem 'savon' require 'savon' does not work (chef says ...
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how to list chef nodes that are not pingable - knife

I have bunch of ec2 nodes registered to chef server, more than half of them were terminated earlier. I still see them as nodes under knife node list. How do I delete them that are not pingable? My ...
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How can I install phpmyadmin on OpsWorks?

I am trying to install phpmyadmin on opsworks using a custom cookbook. I am very new to chef and so I really don't know what I am doing. I'm using this cookbook: ...
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How to trigger chef-client on all nodes from my workstation

I have 5 nodes and all of them have one setup cook-book in common. Now I would like to add another task in this common cookbook that would configure SQL server for me on all the nodes. Is there a ...
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How do I get knife to bootstrap an EC2 instance in a public VPC?

I don't know much about routing and subnets and vpc's, I never had to use those with my old AWS account. In my new AWS account, I started a new Amazon Linux AMI instance (ami-043a5034). The security ...
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Chef Server 11.4 SSL certificate failure when bootstrapping a node

I'm trying to bootstrap a RHEL 5 server with Chef 11 Chef-Client using my Chef 11 Work station through a Chef Server 11.4. However, I am receiving the error below. ...
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knife azure image list doesn't return User image

I'm trying to create and bootstrap a Windows VM in Azure using knife-azure. I initially tried using a Public Win 2008 r2 image, but quickly found out that winrm needs to be configured before this can ...
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chef-client stop working just since 2 days ago

I'm having some troubles with new windows node deployments. The chef-client fails with this error I want to solve this, but i don't know were to find errors which can help me to solve this. ...
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Chef attributes pass in json or any other possibilities

Is there any possible way to pass attributes OTHER THAN JSON FILES which we need to override a default attributes of cookbook recipe in chef?
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chef remote_file is throwing Encoding::UndefinedConversionError

I have the following in a chef recipe: remote_file '/tmp/zint-2.4.2.zip' do source 'https://s3.amazonaws.com/mybucket/zint-2.4.2.zip' checksum ...
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Is there a streamlined way to export settings from an existing CentOS 5.10 server for local Vagrant provisioning? (Puppet, Chef, shell, or otherwise)

I've recently started the process of learning how to use Vagrant for spinning up a local development environment. (after getting frustrated with the various WAMP stack options) Vagrant is great so ...
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How to test installation of Chef Server using ChefSpec?

I'm getting started writing tests for my Chef cookbooks. I'm using ChefSpec to unit test my cookbooks. I need to install a Chef Server on one of my hosts and I would like to write a test for that. So ...
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Chef: Load Attributes from encrypted databag in json role

I'm want to use the postfix cookbook for chef. The sasl password is expected to be in an attribute. So usually you would do this: "default_attributes": { "postfix": { "sasl": { ...
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Chef's knife ec2 plugin create server inside VPC with public IP

So I'm using knife ec2 plugin to create a server, inside a VPC, and then provision it with chef-solo. Here is my basic command: knife ec2 server create -S private-key -I ami-1234 ...
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Installing nginx via chef Role is not applying my changes

I wrote a role to use the default nginx cookbook. The role is not applying any of my attributes. It keeps installing nginx 1.2.1. { "name": "nginx", "json_class": "Chef::Role", "chef_type": ...
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Can I administer Amazon RDS instances with, Chef? Salt? Puppet? Ansible?

On the face of it, it looks like I need to be able to install some software daemons on the target nodes for these things to work. If I can't do that (e.g. an Amazon RDS instance), what are my options? ...
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Preferred “Chef/Berkshelf/Vagrant” Way to Change Java Versions

On a Linux box, what's the preferred, best-practice way of switching Java versions? For example - let's say that I want to build & test out my app on Java 7, and then Java 6. Here's a few ...
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Chef: How to run a resource on notification only?

I'd like to declare a resource that I want to run multiple times on notification and only on notification. How can I prevent the resource to run on its own after it is declared? Is there some way to ...
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How can I create a new Azure VM in an existing cloud service with knife azure (Chef)?

I have tried using the "--azure-connect-to-existing-dns" parameter but that doesn't work. I'd like to create Azure VM's, but have them inside an already existing cloud service instead of creating a ...
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Chef recipe for interactive install

I'm new to chef and trying to set up an Ubuntu VM for testing by installing our product automatically. I am able to download the .tgz, extract it and execute the installer using a bash resource. I ...
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Post Azure VM creation bootstrap process - Azure user-data mechanism during VM creation?

After creating an Azure Windows VM, how does bootstrapping (winrm or ssh) completed? I'm using knife azure and using either winrm or ssh, the VM is created but fails to bootstrap. Do I have to ...
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Chef SSL authentication using enterprise CA

I am trying to configure Chef in our environment. My understanding regarding the Chef SSL configuration is as below. While installing chef-client in nodes using knife bootstrap command, ...
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Enabling chef-validator as admin from web UI

I set up a Chef-server instance on Digital Ocean following OpsCode's instructions. Everything up through Step 8 works just fine. However, I'm having trouble enabling chef-validator as an admin. ...
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Why chef, puppet, ansible, salt, etc.? [duplicate]

The devops tools ecosystem is puzzling to me. Instead of shell scripts that work everywhere everyone in the server orchestration/management space is bolting on their own proprietary formats. Ansible ...
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Single sign-on with Chef

I'm getting my personal infrastructure set up (Gitlab, Jenkins, etc.) and I'm planning on using OpenID for single sign-on. I understand that SSO works for Gitlab and Jenkins. Would I be able to ...
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Can I use Chef-Solo to provision a server created with knife-eucalyptus

I am able to create a new server using knife-eucalyptus like so: knife euca server create The server gets created but provisioning fails with the following message: "ERROR: Errno::ENOENT: No such ...
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Knife ec2 Create

I am successfully running chef server and able to bootstrap server with my chef recipes. I would like to know is there any plugin which we can use to launch multiple servers using knife ec2 create ...
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Running “sudo chef-client” does not update with latest version of cookbook

Here's the situation: I have a recipe that I've been working on to install monit and install a custom monit configuration. That configuration has changed the past couple of days. I have a chef ...
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Force execution of a chef script before the first one finishes

Following is section of code that is creating the problem for me. Everything works fine but then in order to upgrade percona, I need to run the 'mysql_upgrade' step while the 'mysql_safe' step is ...
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ERROR: cannot verify www.opscode.com's certificate

I am using OSS Chef 11.0.4 on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS , while running Knife ec2 create command I am getting below error Bootstrapping Chef on ec2-xx-xx-xxx-xx.compute-1.amazonaws.com ...
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How to delete or rollback a cookbook just after creating?

I just created a cookbook by knife cookbook create ruby -o site-cookbooks. But I noticed after that rails is a better naming. I want to delete the cookbook and create another one. But I couldn't ...
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Out-of-order chef recipes causing apt package install to fail

I'm writing a Chef recipe to install among other things nginx and Phusion Passenger. The short summary is that the recipes on my run list are not executing in the order I expect, and that's causing an ...
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File Caching Proxy Server For Config Management Software (Chef)

I have several servers that I manage with Chef. They all belong to one network and bandwidth among them is big in contrast to bandwidth to outer internet. The problem is: many times there is a need ...
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How to use wrapper recipes in chef?

How can I cal a custom recipe from my default recipe? If I try recipe 'my-base-server' I get an error 1 argument for 0 What I want to achieve is a logical division of my recipe into base, ...
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uWSGI permissions issue

I'm trying to set up a chef recipe that will get my site running and everything seems to be working fine except for uWSGI which is giving me the following error: *** has_emperor mode detected (fd: 6) ...
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Chef gem_package not using the binary path

I'm trying to install the gems "sensu_plugin" and "mixlib-shellout", on a windows server 2008r2, from a recipe. In this last one, I have the following code : %w{ sensu-plugin mixlib-shellout }.each ...
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What accounts does clamav use on different Linux distros

I'm trying to fix a problem in a Chef recipe for installing / configuring ClamAV which is caused by the recipe using the wrong default user/group name for the clam service account on some platforms. ...
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Chef fails to bootstrap

I'm trying to create my first Chef node. I've got my laptop as the admin machine and VMs alaska and kentucky as the Chef server and node, respectively. This is strange because it's coming back as "No ...
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How can I use a remote admin tool (puppet or chef) combined with a sync tool (e.g. rsync) to send log files from several servers to a central server?

Summary How can I use a remote admin tool (puppet or chef) combined with a sync tool (e.g. rsync) and scheduler (cron) to send log files from several servers to a central server? Context Our ...
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Permission to write using 'deploy' user

I'm currently new to Chef and Capistrano. I'm using version 3.x of Capistrano to deploy Rails 4 application. I have successfully bootstrapped a server using chef solo. One cookbook that I'm using is ...
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Bootstrap Chef on Vagrant Box

I'm trying to bootstrap a Vagrant box using hosted chef server. knife bootstrap testbed001.me --sudo -x root -N "testbed001" However, the command throws an error: Bootstrapping Chef on ...
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Configuration management: push versus pull based topology

The more established configuration management (CM) systems like Puppet and Chef use a pull-based approach: clients poll a centralized master periodically for updates. Some of them offer a masterless ...
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Cloudformation Add Instance to Security Group in Different Region

I have a Cloudformation stack that I create through Jenkins in various Regions. I have a Chef server in one Region with a separate security group. I need new instances created via Cloudformation to ...
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Chef not deleting files in %systemroot%\system32 path using file resource

I am using chef file resource for deleting files inside %systemroot%\system32 path in Windows machine. Resource block is as below, file 'Delete_File' do path 'C:\\Windows\\System32\\my.dll' ...
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Customizing Chef cookbooks

I am trying to setup Munin using Chef, and I'm not sure where to put the customizations that are needed. For example, the documentation on Github says to add munin_plugin 'plugin_name', in the ...