Adds data bag support for older versions of Chef in solo mode
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Adds Data Bag support for older versions of chef-solo.



Chef versions lower than 0.10.4 may benefit. There is no reason to use this cookbook for Chef version 0.10.4 and higher as the feature is part of the core.


Tested on Mac OS X 10.6.8 and Ubuntu 10.10 but should work any platform that is supported by Chef.


There are no external cookbook dependencies.


Depending on the situation and use case there are several ways to install this cookbook. All the methods listed below assume a tagged version release is the target, but omit the tags to get the head of development. A valid Chef repository structure like the Opscode repo is also assumed.

From the Opscode Community Platform

To install this cookbook from the Opscode platform, use the knife command:

knife cookbook site install solo_data_bags

Using Librarian

The Librarian gem aims to be Bundler for your Chef cookbooks. Include a reference to the cookbook in a Cheffile and run librarian-chef install. To install with Librarian:

gem install librarian
cd chef-repo
librarian-chef init
cat >> Cheffile <<END_OF_CHEFFILE
cookbook 'solo_data_bags',
  :git => 'git://', :ref => 'v0.0.1'
librarian-chef install

Using knife-github-cookbooks

The knife-github-cookbooks gem is a plugin for knife that supports installing cookbooks directly from a GitHub repository. To install with the plugin:

gem install knife-github-cookbooks
cd chef-repo
knife cookbook github install fnichol/chef-solo_data_bags/v0.0.1

As a Git Submodule

A common practice (which is getting dated) is to add cookbooks as Git submodules. This is accomplishes like so:

cd chef-repo
git submodule add git:// cookbooks/solo_data_bags
git submodule init && git submodule update

Note: the head of development will be linked here, not a tagged release.

As a Tarball

If the cookbook needs to downloaded temporarily just to be uploaded to a Chef Server or Opscode Hosted Chef, then a tarball installation might fit the bill:

cd chef-repo/cookbooks
curl -Ls | tar xfz - && \
  mv fnichol-chef-solo_data_bags-* solo_data_bags


Simply include the cookbook in your chef repository and libraries/solo_data_bags will be loaded in the chef-solo run to add Data Bag support.



This recipe is a no-op and does nothing.


There are no attributes to define or configure.


Pull requests are very welcome! Make sure your patches are well tested. Ideally create a topic branch for every separate change you make.

License and Author

Author:: Fletcher Nichol (

Copyright 2011, Fletcher Nichol

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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