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ack Cookbook

Install ack or ack-grep (depending on your platform).


Ohai and Chef:

This cookbook makes use of node['platform_family'] to simplify platform selection logic. This attribute was introduced in Ohai v0.6.12.


The following platform families are supported:

  • Debian



Key Type Description Default
['ack']['symlink_to_ack'] Boolean whether to symlink ack-grep to ack or not true



Just include ack in your node's run_list:

  "run_list": [


  1. Fork the repository on Github
  2. Create a named feature branch (like add_component_x)
  3. Write you change
  4. Write tests for your change (if applicable)
  5. Run the tests, ensuring they all pass
  6. Submit a Pull Request using Github

License and Authors

  • Authors:

    • Andreas Lappe
  • Copyright: 2013,

Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License"); you may not use this file except in compliance with the License. You may obtain a copy of the License at

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