Chef is a configuration management tool designed to bring automation to your entire infrastructure.
The Chef Wiki is the definitive source of user documentation.
This README focuses on developers who want to modify Chef source code. For users who just want to run the latest and greatest Chef development version in their environment, see:
Before working on the code, if you plan to contribute your changes, you need to read the Opscode Contributing document.
You will also need to set up the repository with the appropriate branches. We document the process on the Chef Wiki.
Once your repository is set up, you can start working on the code. We do use BDD/TDD with RSpec and Cucumber, so you'll need to get a development environment running.
In order to have a development environment where changes to the Chef code can be tested, we'll need to install a few things after setting up the Git repository.
Install these via your platform's preferred method; for example apt, yum, ports, emerge, etc.
libxml2 development package (for webrat)
libxslt develoment package (for webrat)
Install the following RubyGems.
Ohai is also by Opscode and available on GitHub, github.com/opscode/ohai/tree/master.
roman-merb_cucumber is available from GitHub:
gem install --source http://gems.github.com/ roman-merb_cucumber
Starting the Environment:
Once everything is installed, run the dev:features rake task. Since the features do integration testing, root access is required.
sudo rake dev:features
The dev:features task:
Starts CouchDB on port 5984.
Starts chef-server on port 4000
You'll know its running when you see:
~ Activating slice 'ChefServerApi' … merb : worker (port 4000) ~ Starting Thin at port 4000 merb : worker (port 4000) ~ Using Thin adapter on host 0.0.0.0 and port 4000. merb : worker (port 4000) ~ Successfully bound to port 4000
You'll want to leave this terminal running the dev environment.
With the dev environment running, you can now access the web interface via localhost:4000/.
We use RSpec for unit/spec tests.
This doesn't actually use the development environment, because it does the testing on all the Chef internals. For integration/usage testing, we use Cucumber features.
We test integration with Cucumber. The available feature tests are rake tasks:
rake features # Run Features with Cucumber rake features:api # Run Features with Cucumber rake features:client # Run Features with Cucumber rake features:provider:package:macports # Run Features with Cucumber rake features:provider:remote_file # Run Features with Cucumber rake features:search # Run Features with Cucumber
Chef - A configuration management system
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