You can clone with
HTTPS or Subversion.
Some of our distributives are not available via http and must be obtained by mounting a cifs or nfs share. It would be great if this cookbook supported multiple file retrieval protocols.
Alternatively, separating the decompression stage out of the ark LWRP would make sense as well, either as a standalone library function or LWRP.
This makes me really wish that Ark was simply that -- a cookbook that allows you to retrieve files with multiple protocols. Right now there it handles so many things its a bit daunting to me at the moment. I am going to close this issue.
But know this @dissonanz that this is something that I would like this or another cookbook would do in the future.