Devops Classroom Series – 29/Jan/2021

Chef Supermarket

  • There are lot of community cookbooks available for usage, we can use them instead of writing/developing cookbooks from scratch

  • They are hosted at Chef Supermarket website Refer Here

  • Scenario: Lets make use of chef supermarket cookbooks to install mysql and tomcat on ubuntu and centos machines

  • Refer Here for the mysql cookbook that can be used

  • Lets create a cookbook called as supermarket demo Preview

  • Lets configure kitchen.yaml to create centos and ubuntu machines

  • Mention about the depencies in the metadata.rb file.

    • ~> refers to pesimistic versioning. (~> 1.0.0 => will accept 1.0.x)
    • = refers equals (=> 1.0.1 )
    • > < <= >= for less and grater than particular version numbers
  • Add depends to the metadata.rb to define dependency Preview

  • Now execute berks install Preview

  • Refer Here for the changeset

  • Now lets add the dependency to install tomcat server. Refer Here for supermarket docs

  • Refer Here for the changeset

  • Now lets try to install mongo db Refer Here

  • Whenever we use supermarket cookbooks as dependencies, there are two possible ways of using dependency

    • use the custom resources developed to perform some action
      tomcat_install 'helloworld' do
          version '8.0.36'
      tomcat_service 'helloworld' do
          action :start
    • Include the recipe of the dependency in run_list or use include_recipe. In this case we might also define some attributes to change the behavior
    include_recipe "sc-mongodb::default"
  • Best Practices

    • Always use the cookbooks from supermarket which have recent updates and lot of followers
    • For Production try to use equals operator in metadata.rb as the results will be consistent
  • Exercise:

    • Try install postgres server using supermarket cookbooks

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