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Chef Cookbook Versions Handler

This cookbook installs a Chef report handler to log the cookbooks and versions run on the node as part of the Chef run.

You don't need this handler if you're running a sufficiently new version of Chef Client. Newer versions will display output like this:

       [2014-10-07T21:23:04-07:00] INFO: Loading cookbooks [iis@2.1.3, windows@1.34.6, chef_handler@1.1.6]


Runs on any platform that Chef runs on.

Depends on the chef_handler community cookbook.



Put the recipe cookbook_versions_handler early in your run list so that it's registered with the Chef run. Sample output:

    [2013-11-26T03:11:06+00:00] INFO: Chef Run complete in 0.300029878 seconds
    [2013-11-26T03:11:06+00:00] INFO: Running report handlers
    [2013-11-26T03:11:06+00:00] INFO: Cookbooks and versions run: ["chef_handler 1.1.4", "cookbook_versions_handler 1.0.0"]
    [2013-11-26T03:11:06+00:00] INFO: Report handlers complete

License and Author

Author:: Julian C. Dunn (

Copyright:: 2013, Opscode, Inc. Copyright:: 2014, Chef Software, 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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