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This directory contains the cookbooks used to configure systems in your infrastructure with Chef.

Knife needs to be configured with the cookbook_path setting to know where the cookbooks are located. If this is not set, then several cookbook operations will fail to work properly.

cookbook_path ["./cookbooks"]

This setting tells Knife to look for the cookbooks directory in the present working directory. This means the Knife cookbook subcommands need to be run in the chef-repo directory itself. To make sure that the cookbooks can be found elsewhere inside the repository, use an absolute path. This is a Ruby file, so something like the following can be used:

current_dir = File.dirname(__FILE__)
cookbook_path ["#{current_dir}/../cookbooks"]

Which will set current_dir to the location of the knife.rb file itself (e.g. ~/chef-repo/.chef/knife.rb).

Configure Knife to use your preferred copyright holder, email contact and license. Add the following lines to .chef/knife.rb.

cookbook_copyright "Example, Com."
cookbook_email     "cookbooks@example.com"
cookbook_license   "apachev2"

Supported values for cookbook_license are "apachev2", "mit", "gplv2", "gplv3", or "none". These settings are used to prefill comments in the default recipe, and the corresponding values in the metadata.rb. You are free to change the the comments in those files.

Create new cookbooks in this directory with Knife.

knife cookbook create COOKBOOK

This will create all the cookbook directory components. You don't need to use them all, and can delete the ones you don't need. It also creates a README file, metadata.rb, and default recipe.

You can also download cookbooks directly from the Opscode Cookbook Site . The following subcommands can help with this.

Use the site download subcommand to download the tarball.

knife cookbook site download COOKBOOK

This creates the COOKBOOK.tar.gz from in the current directory (e.g., ~/chef-repo). We recommend following a workflow similar to the above for your version control tool.

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