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chef.psm1 PowerShell Module uses unapproved verbs #8525

johnmccrae opened this issue Apr 19, 2019 · 2 comments


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commented Apr 19, 2019

The Chef powershell module uses unapproved verbs for naming functions and should be updated to reflect proper coding techniques.

Current -> Suggested
Run-RubyCommand -> Invoke-RubyCommand
Run-ExecutableAndWait -> Invoke-ExecutableAndWait
Load-WIn32Bindings -> Initialize-WIn32Bindings

The win32 Kernel code at the top could be refactored following the example at the end of this page to make it more readable.


As a software developer,
I want to have confidence in Chef software because it uses current coding standards,
so that I can trust their products and more confidently use them and talk them up to my peers.


1 - rename the functions to the suggested or to a compatible verb-noun format
2 - refactor the win32 binding to be more readable.

Attached is the suggested changes already made. I included help tips and got rid of extra whitespace as well.


Downstream Impact

Any hard-coded references to the functions will be impacted. However, since only the chef* functions are actually exported for use by the end-user, the impact should be minimal.


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commented May 13, 2019

@johnmccrae Thanks for catching this. It's actually in chef core so I'm going to move the issue there.

@jonsmorrow jonsmorrow transferred this issue from chef/chef-workstation May 13, 2019


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commented May 13, 2019

@johnmccrae can you open a PR to fix this?

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