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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

Extending community cookbooks by using application wrapper cookbooks

Using community cookbooks is great. However, sometimes they do not exactly match your use case. You may need to modify them. If you don't want to use Git vendor branches that are generated by knife cookbook site install, you need to use the library versus application cookbook approach.

In this approach, you don't touch the community (library) cookbook. Instead, you include it in your own application cookbook and modify resources from the library cookbook.

Let's see how to extend a community cookbook within your own application cookbook.

Getting ready

We'll use the ntp cookbook as the library cookbook and will change a command it executes.

Add the ntp cookbook to your Berksfile:

mma@laptop:~/chef-repo $ subl Berksfile
source ''
cookbook 'ntp'

How to do it...

Let's see how we can override the ntp cookbook's behavior from within our own cookbook:

  1. Create your own application cookbook: