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Trivial cookbook to manage a list of packages from an attribute.


Note that we namespace the attributes with packages-cookbook so we don't conflict with the Ohai-generated attributes.

packages-cookbook array

Determines package names to manage with the package resource in Chef in the packages::default recipe. It can be specified as an array of strings that are packages to install, or as a hash of packages with an action to take.

In this example:

node.default['packages-cookbook'] = ['git', 'openssl']

The git and openssl packages will be installed.

packages-cookbook hash

In this example, using a hash of packages and actions:

node.default['packages-cookbook'] = {'git' => 'install', 'openssl' => 'upgrade', 'xorg-common' => 'remove'}

The git package will be installed, openssl will be upgraded, and xorg-common will be removed.


Determines the default action that the package resource will take on the list of packages. By default this is "install". Has no effect if the packages-cookbook attribute is a hash.



The recipe installs the packages specified in the node['packages-cookbook'] attribute. It will use Chef 12.1.0's "multipackage" feature if the attribute is an array.

License and Author

Author:: Matt Ray (

Author:: Joshua Timberman (

Copyright 2013-2016 Chef Software, Inc.

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