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bluepill Cookbook

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Installs bluepill Ruby Gem and configures it to manage services. Also includes a LWRP.



Bluepill is a pure Ruby service management tool/library, so this cookbook should work on any system. The attributes do set up paths based on FHS locations, see below.


  • Chef 12.7+


  • none


Default locations for bluepill are in "FHS compliant" locations.

  • node["bluepill"]["bin"] - Path to bluepill program, default is 'bluepill' in the RubyGems binary directory.
  • node["bluepill"]["logfile"] - Location of the bluepill log file, default "/var/log/bluepill.log".
  • node["bluepill"]["conf_dir"] - Location of service config files (pills), default "/etc/bluepill".
  • node["bluepill"]["pid_dir"] - Location of pidfiles, default "/var/run/bluepill"
  • node["bluepill"]["state_dir"] - Location of state directory, default "/var/lib/bluepill"
  • node["bluepill"]["init_dir"] - Location of init script directory, default selected by platform.
  • node["bluepill"]["version"] - Version of bluepill to install, default is latest.
  • node["bluepill"]["use_rsyslog"] - Enable configuration and use of rsyslog for bluepill.


This cookbook contains a resource, bluepill_service. This can be used with the normal Chef service resource, by using the provider parameter, or by specifying the bluepill_service shortcut. These two resources are equivalent.

bluepill_service 'my_app' do
  action [:enable, :load, :start]

The load action should probably always be specified, to ensure that if bluepill isn't running already it gets started. The The recipe using the service must contain a template resource for the pill and it must be named my_app.pill.erb, where my_app is the service name passed to the bluepill service resource.


Be sure to include the bluepill recipe in the run list to ensure that the gem and bluepill-related directories are created. This will also make the cookbook available on the system and other cookbooks won't need to explicitly depend on it in the metadata.

If the default directory locations in the attributes/default.rb aren't what you want, change them by setting them either in the attributes file itself, or create attributes in a role applied to any systems that will use bluepill.

Bluepill uses configuration files named my_app.pill that are stored in /etc/bluepill. Here is an example pill:

Bluepill.application('my_app') do |app|
  app.process('my_app') do |process|
    process.pid_file = '/var/run/'
    process.start_command = '/usr/bin/my_app'

You can create this file with cookbook_file as follows:

cookbook_file '/etc/bluepill/my_app.pill' do
  source 'my_app.pill'

See bluepill's documentation for more information on creating pill templates.


This cookbook has the following ChefSpec custom matchers defined:

  • enable_bluepill_service
  • load_bluepill_service
  • reload_bluepill_service
  • start_bluepill_service
  • disable_bluepill_service
  • stop_bluepill_service
  • restart_bluepill_service

ChefSpec Examples:

it 'enables my_app bluepill service' do
  chef_run.converge('my_app::default', described_recipe)
  expect(chef_run).to enable_bluepill_service('my_app')

it 'reloads my_app bluepill service when pill file changes' do
  chef_run.converge('my_app::default', described_recipe)
  expect(chef_run).to create_template('/etc/bluepill/my_app.pill')
  my_app_pill = chef_run.template('/etc/bluepill/my_app.pill')
  expect(my_app_pill).to notify('bluepill_service[my_app]').to(:reload).delayed

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