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Skeleton homebase for Ironfan and Chef -- use this to hold your clusters, cookbooks and stacks

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Octocat-spinner-32 certificates made things match up pretty well with old homebase February 15, 2012
Octocat-spinner-32 clusters Moving cluster examples into the pantry October 11, 2012
Octocat-spinner-32 config Berksfile: adding community_cookbook capability, removing cookbooks m… April 15, 2013
Octocat-spinner-32 data_bags made things match up pretty well with old homebase February 15, 2012
Octocat-spinner-32 environments adding testing environment February 18, 2013
Octocat-spinner-32 example_clusters committing example realm October 08, 2013
Octocat-spinner-32 knife example-credentials: added testmonkey config April 11, 2013
Octocat-spinner-32 notes @ 72d0d7e notes: updated to latest commit June 21, 2013
Octocat-spinner-32 org_cookbooks Replacing submodule mess with Berkshelf-based cookbook management November 13, 2012
Octocat-spinner-32 roles typo fix for hadoop_hue_from_release August 23, 2013
Octocat-spinner-32 tasks Adding chef_config.rake from ironfan-pantry November 13, 2012
Octocat-spinner-32 vagrants el_ridiculoso working, working on cookbooks consistency February 20, 2012
Octocat-spinner-32 .chef Making local .chef (instead of ~/.chef) the default for homebases November 27, 2012
Octocat-spinner-32 .gitignore Add .gitignore for bash completion script (cache dir) October 01, 2013
Octocat-spinner-32 .gitmodules Cleaning up .gitmodules (should use public http URL, not git@github one) December 17, 2012
Octocat-spinner-32 .rspec cluster_chef renamed to metachef: too confusing otherwise December 11, 2011
Octocat-spinner-32 Berksfile Adding s3cmd to berksfile July 26, 2013
Octocat-spinner-32 Gemfile Update version of Ironfan July 16, 2013
Octocat-spinner-32 Gemfile.lock Updated Gems August 28, 2013
Octocat-spinner-32 Guardfile Guardfile has the duckpunch to let it work with vendor/ July 16, 2012
Octocat-spinner-32 license file February 16, 2012
Octocat-spinner-32 Added notice about ruby 1.9+ version requirement April 16, 2012
Octocat-spinner-32 Rakefile Rakefile: adding sync_environment to push_to_production March 25, 2013
Octocat-spinner-32 chefignore adding a zookeeper demo cluster. Cleaned up some log statements. January 21, 2012

Ironfan-Homebase: Master Plans for a Scalable Architecture

Ironfan, the foundation of the Infochimps Platform, is an expressive toolset for constructing scalable, resilient architectures. It works in the cloud, in the data center, and on your laptop, and it makes your system diagram visible and inevitable. Inevitable systems coordinate automatically to interconnect, removing the hassle of manual configuration of connection points (and the associated danger of human error). For more information about Ironfan and the Infochimps Platform, visit

The Ironfan Homebase repository is the central home for orchestrating your architecture. It unifies:

  • Cookbooks, roles, and environments
  • Cluster descriptions
  • Your Chef and cloud credentials
  • Pantries (collections of cookbooks, roles and so forth)

Getting Started

To jump right into using Ironfan, follow our Installation Instructions. For an explanatory tour, check out our Web Walkthrough. Please file all issues on Ironfan Issues.


ironfan-homebase works together with the full Ironfan toolset:


  • ironfan-homebase: Centralizes the cookbooks, roles and clusters. A solid foundation for any Chef user.
  • ironfan gem: The core Ironfan models, and Knife plugins to orchestrate machines and coordinate truth among your homebase, cloud and chef server.
  • ironfan-pantry: Our collection of industrial-strength, cloud-ready recipes for Hadoop, HBase, Cassandra, Elasticsearch, Zabbix and more.
  • silverware cookbook: Helps you coordinate discovery of services ("list all the machines for awesome_webapp, that I might load balance them") and aspects ("list all components that write logs, that I might logrotate them, or that I might monitor the free space on their volumes"). Found within the ironfan-pantry.


Note: Ironfan is not compatible with Ruby 1.8. All versions later than 1.9.2-p136 should work fine.

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