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alternatives (4) Versions 0.1.0

Provides Chef LWRP alternatives

cookbook 'alternatives', '= 0.1.0'
cookbook 'alternatives', '= 0.1.0', :supermarket
knife supermarket install alternatives
knife supermarket download alternatives
Quality 0%

alternatives Cookbook

Cookbook Build Status

This is a Chef cookbook to manage to manage binary alternatives using linux command altneratives/update-alternatives.

For Production environment, always prefer the most recent release.

Most Recent Release

cookbook 'alternatives', '~> 0.0.1'

From Git

cookbook 'alternatives', github: 'vkhatri/chef-alternatives',  tag: "v0.0.1"


Supported Platforms

This cookbook was tested on CentOS 6.8, 7.2 and Ubuntu 14.04.

LWRP alternatives

LWRP alternatives install/remove/set/refresh/auto binary alternatives.

LWRP install alternative

alternatives 'python install 2' do
  link_name 'python'
  path '/usr/bin/python2.7'
  priority 100
  action :install

LWRP remove alternative

alternatives 'python install 3' do
  link_name 'python'
  path '/usr/bin/python3'
  priority 101
  action :install

LWRP set alternative

alternatives 'python set version 3' do
  link_name 'python'
  path '/usr/bin/python3'
  action :set

LWRP auto alternative

alternatives 'python auto' do
  link_name 'python'
  action :auto

LWRP refresh alternative

alternatives 'python refresh' do
  link_name 'python'
  action :refresh

LWRP remove alternative

alternatives 'python remove' do
  link_name 'python'
  path '/usr/bin/python3'
  action :remove

LWRP Options

  • action (optional) - default :install, options: :install, :remove, :set, :auto, :refresh
  • link_name (optional, String) - default @name, alternatives link name
  • link (optional, String) - alternatives link
  • path (optional, String) - alternatives link path
  • priority (optional, String) - alternatives link path priority


  1. Fork the repository on Github
  2. Create a named feature branch (like add_component_x)
  3. Write your change
  4. Write tests for your change (if applicable)
  5. Run the tests (rake & rake knife), ensuring they all pass
  6. Write new resource/attribute description to
  7. Write description about changes to PR
  8. Submit a Pull Request using Github

Authors:: Virender Khatri and Contributors

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Dependent cookbooks

This cookbook has no specified dependencies.

Contingent cookbooks

There are no cookbooks that are contingent upon this one.

alternatives CHANGELOG

This file is used to list changes made in each version of the alternatives cookbook.


  • Virender Khatri - Initial release of alternatives

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Collaborator Number Metric

0.1.0 failed this metric

Failure: Cookbook has 0 collaborators. A cookbook must have at least 2 collaborators to pass this metric.

Foodcritic Metric

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FC057: Library provider does not declare use_inline_resources: /tmp/957c9199e6dd298355e928df/alternatives/libraries/provider_default.rb:7