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The Silverware Cookbook is part of the Ironfan Pantry cookbooks. Silverware Cookbook coordinates discovery of services, for example "list all the machines for awesome_webapp, that I might load balance them", and aspects, for example, "list all components that write logs, that I might logrotate them, or that I might monitor the free space on their volumes".

Silverware Chef Cookbook

Cluster orchestration -- coordinates discovery, integration and decoupling of cookbooks

Attributes are scoped by cookbook and then by component.

  • If I declare announce(:redis), it will look in node[:redis].
  • If I declare announce(:hadoop, :namenode), it will look in node[:hadoop] for cookbook-wide concerns and node[:hadoop][:namenode] for component-specific concerns.
  • The cookbook scope is always named for its cookbook. Its attributes live innode[:cookbook_name]. If everything in the cookbook shares a concern, it sits at cookbook level. So the Hadoop log directory (shared by all its components) is at (scratch_root)/hadoop/log.
  • If there is only one component, it can be implicitly named for its cookbook. In this case, it is omitted: the component attributes live in node[:cookbook_name] (which is the same as the component name).
  • If there are multiple components, they will live in node[:cookbook_name][:component_name] (eg [:hadoop][:namenode] or [:flume][:master].


Allow nodes to discover the location for a given service at runtime, adapting when new services register.


  • register for a service. A timestamp records the last registry.
  • discover all chef nodes that have registered for the given service.
  • discover the most recent chef node for that service.
  • get the 'public_ip' for a service -- the address that nodes in the larger world should use
  • get the 'private_ip' for a service -- the address that nodes on the local subnet / private cloud should use
  • get the 'private_hostname' for a service -- the hostname that nodes on the local subnet / private cloud should use


Nodes register a service by calling announce(<service>[,<component>]), which adds a hash to node[:announces][][], containing 'timestamp' (the time of registry) and other metadata passed in. Nodes discover services by calling discover(<service>[,<component>[,<realm>]]), where realm is the scope of the discovery (the current cluster, by default).


  • default - Base configuration for silverware


Supports platforms: Debian and Ubuntu


  • [:silverware][:conf_dir] - (default: "/etc/silverware")
  • [:silverware][:log_dir] - (default: "/var/log/silverware")
  • [:silverware][:home_dir] - (default: "/etc/silverware")
  • [:silverware][:user] - (default: "root")
  • [:users][:root][:primary_group] - (default: "root")

License and Author

Author:: Philip (flip) Kromer - Infochimps, Inc (coders@infochimps.com) Copyright:: 2011, Philip (flip) Kromer - Infochimps, Inc

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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