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Removes a number of operating system based annoyances. There are recipes RHEL and Debian platform families.

Feel free to fork and submit your own patches.



Supports rhel, debian, and omnios platform families.

  • Debian, Ubuntu
  • Red Hat, CentOS, Scientific, Oracle, Amazon, Fedora
  • OmniOS

If your Chef/Ohai version aren't new enough for the node['platform_family'] attribute, then simply include the platform-specific recipe.



Looks at the node's platform_family and includes the proper recipe.

If the node's platform_family is not found, an exception will be raised.


Removes any preexisting firewall rules, turns off SELinux, uninstalls httpd if it's on for some reason and removes /root/.bash_logout if it exists. Turns off desktop services autofs, avahi-daemon, bluetooth, puspeed, cups, gpm, haldaemon and messagebus.

If the apache2 recipe is on the node, the httpd package will not be removed.


Includes annoyances::rhel.


Does an "apt-get update" and turns off apparmor and byobu (unless you want it). Removes whoopsie, popularity-contest and unity-lens-shopping if this ever got on a server.


Includes annoyances::debian.


Includes annoyances::omnios, which refreshes the package list and publisher metadata.


Include the annoyances recipe in your run list and it will make the various changes based on the node's platform family. You can also include the platform specific recipe directly.

License and Author

Author:: Matt Ray ( Author:: Joshua Timberman (

Copyright 2012-2013 Opscode, Inc. Copyright 2013-2014 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

Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing, software distributed under the License is distributed on an "AS IS" BASIS, WITHOUT WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, either express or implied. See the License for the specific language governing permissions and limitations under the License.

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