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packagecloud cookbook

This cookbook provides a resource for installing repositories.

NOTE: Please see the Changelog below for important changes if upgrading from 0.0.19 to 0.1.0.


Be sure to depend on packagecloud in metadata.rb so that the packagecloud resource will be loaded.

For public repos:

packagecloud_repo "computology/packagecloud-cookbook-test-public" do
  type "deb"

For private repos, you need to supply a master_token:

packagecloud_repo "computology/packagecloud-cookbook-test-private" do
  type "deb"
  master_token "762748f7ae0bfdb086dd539575bdc8cffdca78c6a9af0db9"

For packagecloud:enterprise users, add base_url to your resource:

packagecloud_repo "computology/packagecloud-cookbook-test-private" do
  base_url ""
  type "deb"
  master_token "762748f7ae0bfdb086dd539575bdc8cffdca78c6a9af0db9"

For forcing the os and dist for repository install:

packagecloud_repo 'computology/packagecloud-cookbook-test-public' do
  type 'rpm'
  force_os 'rhel'
  force_dist '6.5'

Valid options for type include deb, rpm, and gem.

This cookbook performs checks to determine if a package exists before attempting to install it. To enable proxy support for these checks (not to be confused with proxy support for your package manager of choice), add the following attributes to your cookbook:

default['packagecloud']['proxy_host'] = ''
default['packagecloud']['proxy_port'] = '80'

Interactions with other cookbooks

On CentOS 5, the official chef yum cookbook overwrites the file /etc/yum.conf setting some default values. When it does this, the cachedir value is changed from the CentOS5 default to the default value in the cookbook. The result of this change is that any packagecloud repository installed before a repository installed with the yum cookbook will appear as though it's gpg keys were not imported.

There are a few potential workarounds for this:

  • Pass the "-y" flag to package resource using the options attribute. This should cause yum to import the GPG key automatically if it was not imported already.
  • Move your packagecloud repos so that they are installed last, after any/all repos installed via the yum cookbook.
  • Set the cachedir option in the chef yum cookbook to the system default value of /var/cache/yum using the yum_globalconfig resource.

CentOS 6 and 7 are not affected as the default cachedir value provided by the yum chef cookbook is set to the system default, unless you use the yum_globalconfig resource to set a custom cachedir. If you do set a custom cachedir, you should make sure to setup packagecloud repos after that resource is set so that the GPG keys end up in the right place.


See for more recent changes.


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