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Chef Infrastructure Automation Cookbook

By : Matthias Marschall
Book Image

Chef Infrastructure Automation Cookbook

By: Matthias Marschall

Overview of this book

Table of Contents (14 chapters)
Chef Infrastructure Automation Cookbook Second Edition
About the Author
About the Reviewers

Installing Ruby gems and using them in recipes

Recipes are plain Ruby files. It is possible to use all of Ruby's language features inside your recipes. Most of the time, the built-in Ruby functionality is enough but sometimes you might want to use additional Ruby gems. Connecting to an external application via an API or accessing a MySQL database from within your recipe is an example of where you will need Ruby gems inside your recipes.

Chef lets you install Ruby gems from within a recipe, so that you can use them later.

Getting ready

Make sure you have a cookbook called my_cookbook and that the run_list of your node includes my_cookbook, as described in Creating and using cookbooks recipe in Chapter 1, Chef Infrastructure.

How to do it...

Let's see how we can use the ipaddress gem in our recipe:

  1. Edit the default recipe of your cookbook, installing a gem to be used inside the recipe:

    mma@laptop:~/chef-repo $ subl
         chef_gem 'ipaddress'