idempotent redis cookbook without any dependencies
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redis chef cookbook

Redis: a fast, flexible datastore offering an extremely useful set of data structure primitives


Redis, a fast lightweight database


  • client - Client support for Redis database
  • default - Base configuration for redis
  • install_from_package - Install From Ubuntu Package -- easy but lags in version
  • install_from_release - Install From Release
  • server - Redis server with runit service


Supports platforms: debian and ubuntu

Cookbook dependencies:

  • runit


  • 3.0.7 - Release brought in
  • 3.0.8 - Enabled vm.overcommit_memory=1 and ensured it did not overlap
  • 3.0.9 - Added server_small that doesn't use vm.overcommit_memory so it can be safe for usage with Resque.
  • 3.0.10 - bumped to 2.4.9
  • - Removed dependencies of metachef and install_from_source.



  • [:redis][:home_dir] - (default: "/usr/local/share/redis")
  • [:redis][:pid_file] - Redis PID file path (default: "/var/run/")
    • Path to the PID file when daemonized.
  • [:redis][:log_dir] - Redis log dir path (default: "/var/log/redis")
    • Path to the log directory when daemonized -- will be stored in [log_dir]/redis.log.
  • [:redis][:data_dir] - Redis database directory (default: "/var/lib/redis")
    • Path to the directory for database files.
  • [:redis][:db_basename] - Redis database filename (default: "dump.rdb")
    • Filename for the database storage.
  • [:redis][:release_url] - URL for redis release package (default: "")
    • If using the install_from_release strategy, the URL for the release tarball
  • [:redis][:glueoutputbuf] - Redis output buffer coalescing (default: "yes")
    • Glue small output buffers together into larger TCP packets.
  • [:redis][:saves] - Redis disk persistence policies
    • An array of arrays of time, changed objects policies for persisting data to disk.
  • [:redis][:slave] - Redis replication slave (default: "no")
    • Act as a replication slave to a master redis database.
  • [:redis][:shareobjects] - Redis shared object compression (default: "no") (default: "no")
    • Attempt to reduce memory use by sharing storage for substrings.
  • [:redis][:conf_dir] - (default: "/etc/redis")
  • [:redis][:user] - (default: "redis")
  • [:redis][:version] - (default: "2.0.2")
  • [:redis][:server][:addr] - IP address to bind. (default: "")
  • [:redis][:server][:port] - Redis server port (default: "6379")
    • TCP port to bind.
  • [:redis][:server][:timeout] - Redis server timeout (default: "300")
    • Timeout, in seconds, for disconnection of idle clients.
  • [:users][:redis][:uid] - (default: "335")
  • [:groups][:redis][:gid] - (default: "335")

License and Author

Author:: Scott M. Likens ( Copyright:: 2012, Scott M. Likens

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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