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Installs RadiantCMS, a Ruby on Rails content management system.


Changes to note in this version (from COOK-117).

  • added gem install capabilities

  • default to gem install

  • removed dependency on ezmobius/chef-deploy (use deploy provider instead)

  • fixed tiny error in attributes.

  • updated attribute syntax



Tested on Ubuntu 9.04, uses the Opscode Apache2 cookbook which is Ubuntu/Debian specific.

Requires Chef 0.7.12 for Deploy resource when installing from Radiant's git repo.


Opscode cookbooks (

  • git

  • sqlite

  • rails

  • apache2


  • radiant - Do a deploy from github repo if true, use gems if false, default false.

  • radiant - Branch to deploy from, default HEAD.

  • radiant - Whether to do a database migration, default false.

  • radiant - Command to do a database migration, default 'rake db:migrate'.

  • radiant - Rails environment to use, default is production.

  • radiant - Revision to deploy, default HEAD.

  • radiant - Whether to deploy, rollback or nothing, default nothing.


This recipe uses SQLite3 for the database by default. To set up the default database to get Radiant rolling, run a db:bootstrap by changing the radiant command to the following in the webui:

yes | rake production db:bootstrap \
  ADMIN_NAME=Administrator \
  ADMIN_PASSWORD=radiant \

Change as required for your environment. If the target system doesn't have /usr/bin/yes, use echo 'yes' instead.

Radiant supports other database backends. We don't yet have automation ready to set up a database user and grant privileges, or creating the database itself.



Joshua Timberman (<>)


2009, Opscode, Inc.

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