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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

Setting the environment variables

You might have experienced this: you try out a command on your node's shell and it works perfectly. Now, you try to execute the very same command from within your Chef recipe but it fails. One reason may be that there are certain environment variables set in your shell, which are not set during the Chef run. You might have set them manually or in your shell start up scripts—it does not really matter. You'll need to set them again in your recipe.

In this section, you will see how to set environment variables needed during a Chef run.

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 the Creating and using cookbooks recipe in Chapter 1, Chef Infrastructure.

How to do it...

Let's see how we can set environment variables from within Chef recipes:

  1. Set an environment variable to be used during the Chef client run:

    mma@laptop:~/chef-repo $ subl cookbooks/my_cookbook/recipes/default...