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This cookbook provides the partial_search() method, which helps reduce bandwidth consumption and speed up searches by allowing you to retrieve only part of a search result (like just the IP address and name of a node, instead of the whole node structure).


Upload this cookbook and include it in the dependencies of any cookbook where you would like to use the partial_search() method.


For example, instead of returning an entire, huge node structure, you might only want the name and IP address. To do this, you can run the following search:

partial_search(:node, 'role:blah',
  :keys => { :name => [ 'name' ], :ipaddress => [ 'automatic', 'ipaddress' ] }
).each do |node|
  puts node['name']
  puts node['ipaddress']