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subscribes does not validate the resource spec #8908

mrhopeman opened this issue Sep 20, 2019 · 1 comment


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commented Sep 20, 2019


When missing a closing ] at a subscription, the subscription will be silently ignored. While notifies checks the syntax and raises an error.

Chef Version

chef-client 12.22.5 but also in master not fixed

Platform Version

Ubuntu 16.04

Replication Case

# ensure we always get a changed resource
file '/tmp/blubb' do
  action :delete

file '/tmp/blubb' do
  action :create

# subcribing resource
file '/tmp/mark' do
  action :nothing
  subscribes :create, 'file[/tmp/blubb', :immediately

Client Output

Recipe: (chef-apply cookbook)::(chef-apply recipe)
  * file[/tmp/blubb] action delete (up to date)
  * file[/tmp/blubb] action create
    - create new file /tmp/blubb
  * file[/tmp/mark] action nothing (skipped due to action :nothing)

/tmp/mark is not created and there is no error raised.


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commented Sep 20, 2019

Think this is a dup, although I couldn't turn it up with a quick search.

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