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Mastering Chef

By : Mayank Joshi
Book Image

Mastering Chef

By: Mayank Joshi

Overview of this book

Table of Contents (20 chapters)
Mastering Chef
About the Author
About the Reviewers
Knife and Its Associated Plugins
Data Bags and Templates


IRB is an acronym for "interactive Ruby". It's a tool that provided alongside Ruby interpreter, which allows for the interactive execution of Ruby expressions. These expressions are delivered to IRB using standard input.

Let's quickly see IRB in action:

  ~  irb
2.1-head :001 >

When we enter the irb command, it throws a shell at us. The format of the shell prompt is as follows:


You can customize this prompt to your liking. However, for now, just remember that whatever expression you enter at the prompt is interpreted as a Ruby expression and is evaluated right away.

Consider the following as an example:

2.1-head :001 > 2+3
 => 5

As you can see, we entered an arithmetic expression to compute the sum of two numbers, 2 and 3, and in return IRB returned us the output of computation.

To exit out of IRB, just issue the quit or exit command at the prompt.

To learn more about IRB and how to customize it to your liking, read the IRB documentation at http...