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README.md

DEPRECATED

This library is deprecated, please see RIP chef-rewind for more details on alternative APIs shipped directly in chef-client.

Chef::Rewind

Build Status

This adds a simple function to the Chef library scope to rewind or unwind an existing resource. If the given resource does not exist, a Chef::Exceptions::ResourceNotFound exception will be raised.

These functions are designed to assist the library cookbook pattern.

Effectively, rewind/unwind resource allows you to monkeypatch a cookbook that you would rather not modify directly. It will modify some properties of a resource, during the complile phase, before chef-client actually starts the run phase.

Installation

Add this line to your application's Gemfile:

gem 'chef-rewind'

And then execute:

$ bundle

Or install it yourself as:

$ gem install chef-rewind

Usage

rewind

# file postgresql/recipes/server.rb
user "postgres" do
  uid  26
  home '/home/postgres'
  supports  :manage_home => true
end

# file my-postgresql/recipes/server.rb
chef_gem "chef-rewind"
require 'chef/rewind'

include_recipe "postgresql::server"

rewind "user[postgres]" do
  home '/var/lib/pgsql/9.2'
  cookbook 'my-postgresql'    # or `cookbook cookbook_name()`
end

The user postgres will act once with the home directory /var/lib/pgsql/9.2 and the cookbook attribute is now my-postgresql instead of postgresql. This last part is particularly important for templates and cookbook files.

unwind

# file postgresql/recipes/server.rb
user "postgres" do
  uid  26
  home '/home/postgres'
  supports  :manage_home => true
end

# file my-postgresql/recipes/server.rb
chef_gem "chef-rewind"
require 'chef/rewind'

include_recipe "postgresql::server"

unwind "user[postgres]"

This will completely remove the resource. It is useful for resources that are impossible to change correctly. Resource notifications, for example, can't be overwritten by rewind, only appended.

So if you need to change notifications of a resource, you need to unwind and redefine the resource. Example:

# file cookbook-elasticsearch/recipes/default.rb
template "logging.yml" do
  path "#{node.elasticsearch[:path][:conf]}/logging.yml"
  source "logging.yml.erb"
  owner node.elasticsearch[:user] and group node.elasticsearch[:user] and mode 0755

  notifies :restart, 'service[elasticsearch]'
end

# file my-elasticsearch/recipes/default.rb
chef_gem "chef-rewind"
require 'chef/rewind'

unwind "template[logging.yml]"

template "logging.yml" do
  path  "#{node.elasticsearch[:path][:conf]}/logging.yml"
  source "logging.yml.erb"
  owner node.elasticsearch[:user] and group node.elasticsearch[:user] and mode 0755
  cookbook "elasticsearch"    # or `cookbook cookbook_name()`

  # this is the only change from original definition
  notifies :run, 'execute[Custom ElasticSearch restarter]'
end

This allows you to define your own ElasticSearch restart script. It's impossible to rewind notifications, thus you need to unwind and redefine it based on the original version.

Gotchas Important

The rewind method does not automatically change the cookbook attribute for a resource to the current cookbook. Doing so could cause some unexpected behavior, particularly for less expert chef users.

Example

# file postgresql/recipes/server.rb
template "/var/pgsql/data/postgresql.conf" do
  source  "postgresql.conf.erb"
  owner "postgres"
end

# file my-postgresql/recipes/server.rb
chef_gem "chef-rewind"
require 'chef/rewind'

include_recipe "postgresql::server"
# my-postgresql.conf.erb located inside my-postgresql/templates/default/my-postgresql.conf.erb
rewind :template => "/var/pgsql/data/postgresql.conf" do
  source "my-postgresql.conf.erb"
  cookbook "my-postgresql"    # or `cookbook cookbook_name()`
end

If you do not specify the cookbook attribute, the rewind function will likely return an error since Chef will look in the postgresql cookbook for the source file and not in the my-postgresql cookbook.

Contributing

  1. Fork it
  2. Create your feature branch (git checkout -b my-new-feature)
  3. Commit your changes (git commit -am 'Added some feature')
  4. Run the unit tests (bundle exec rake spec)
  5. Run test kitchen (bundle exec kitchen test)
  6. Push to the branch (git push origin my-new-feature)
  7. Create new Pull Request