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Interval setting is not working properly #101

jeremiahsnapp opened this Issue Sep 29, 2016 · 0 comments


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jeremiahsnapp commented Sep 29, 2016

Cookbook version


Chef-client version

Chef: 12.14.89

Platform Details

Ubuntu 14.04


Setting the interval attributes doesn't work. The compliance profiles are never executed.

Steps to Reproduce:

I use a wrapper cookbook to set the following attributes. I'm setting the interval to 1 minute for troubleshooting purposes.

default['audit']['profiles']['base/linux'] = true
default['audit']['profiles']['base/ssh'] = true
default['audit']['interval']['enabled'] = true
default['audit']['interval']['time'] = 1

Expected Result:

The compliance_profile should fetch AND execute properly according to the interval.

Actual Result:

Run chef-client -l debug and notice that the compliance profiles are fetched but they are not executed at all. (skipped due to only_if)

The file that is used to calculate if the interval has passed is being touched by the compliance_profile's notifies property.

The problem is the compliance_profile has both the :fetch AND :execute action. The :fetch action works and touches the interval file immediately so when the :execute action runs the only_if guard is rechecked and sees (incorrectly) that the interval has not passed.

I tested changing the notifies to a :delayed instead of :immediately and it fixed this for me. The compliance_profile fetched AND executed properly according to the interval.


Putting the following in my audit wrapper cookbook's default.rb recipe worked for me. It creates :delayed notifications and deletes the :immediate notifications.

include_recipe 'audit'

run_context.immediate_notification_collection.each do |k,v|
  if (k =~ /^compliance_profile\[\w*\]$/) && (v.first.action == :touch)
    resources(k).notifies :touch, v.first.resource, :delayed
run_context.immediate_notification_collection.delete_if { |k,v| (k =~ /^compliance_profile\[\w*\]$/) && (v.first.action == :touch) }
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