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Sets up an APT repository suitable for using the reprepro tool to manage distributions and components.


Platform: Debian or Ubuntu.

Requires Chef 0.8.x+, client/server. Does not work with Chef Solo due to data bag use.

You'll need to generate the PGP key separately and provide the data in the databag.



Attributes in this cookbook are set via the default recipe with data from the data bag. The following attributes are used, in the reprepro namespace.

  • fqdn - the fqdn that would go in sources.list
  • description - a description of the repository
  • pgp_email - the email address of the pgp key
  • pgp_fingerprint - the finger print of the pgp key

Data Bag

Create a data bag to store the repository information.

  "id": "main",
  "fqdn": "",
  "repo_dir": "/srv/apt",
  "incoming": "/srv/apt_incoming",
  "description": "APT Repository for our packages.",
  "codenames": [
    "lucid", "karmic", "jaunty", "intrepid", "hardy", "sid", "squeeze", "lenny"
  "pgp": {
    "email": "",
    "fingerprint": "PGP Fingerprint for the key",
    "public": "-----BEGIN PGP PUBLIC KEY BLOCK-----\n-----END PGP PUBLIC KEY BLOCK-----\n",
    "private": "-----BEGIN PGP PRIVATE KEY BLOCK-----\n-----END PGP PRIVATE KEY BLOCK-----\n"
  "pulls": {
    "name": "sid",
    "from": "sid",
    "component": "main"
  "architectures": [


Author: Joshua Timberman (

Copyright 2010, Opscode, Inc.

Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License"); you may not use this file except in compliance with the License. You may obtain a copy of the License at

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