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anaconda (12) Versions 0.5.1

Installs/Configures anaconda

cookbook 'anaconda', '= 0.5.1'
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anaconda cookbook

Chef cookbook for installing Continuum Analytic's Anaconda: "completely free Python distribution for large-scale data processing, predictive analytics, and scientific computing".

This also serves as a live example of the most up-to-date best practices for writing, maintaining, and testing Chef cookbooks:


This repo has only been tested with RVM; YMMV with other installation methods (rbenv, chef-dk, etc).

It sounds like Chef-DK is the new recommended installation path, but I have not had a good experience with it (as of 0.1.0-1). Again, YMMV.


The Vagrantfile is written to get you an Anaconda environment with minimal effort (though it will take at least a few minutes to download the Anaconda installer itself):

$> vagrant up --provision

$> vagrant ssh
$vagrant> export PATH=/opt/anaconda/2.2.0/bin:${PATH}
$vagrant> conda --version
conda 3.10.0

# if you included `recipe[anaconda::shell_conveniences]` you don't have to do anything;
# it's sourced in /etc/profile.d
$> vagrant ssh
$vagrant> conda --version
conda 3.10.0

In addition, by default an IPython notebook server is enabled and started:

To use it in a cookbook:

include_recipe 'anaconda::default'

Warning! If you're also using the python cookbook...

You MUST include recipe[anaconda::python_workaround], otherwise subsequent chef runs will fail. See the issue for details.

Usage, recipes, attributes, and resources

The main recipe is anaconda::default. Include it in your runlist, and it will install the package as well as any necessary dependencies.

The following are user-configurable attributes. Check attributes/default.rb for default values.

  • anaconda
    • version: the version to install. Valid values are:
    • 1.8.0
    • 1.9.2
    • 2.0.1
    • 2.1.0
    • 2.2.0
    • 3-2.2.0 (uses Python 3.4)
    • miniconda-python2
    • miniconda-python3
    • flavor: either x86 (32-bit) or x86_64 (64-bit)
    • install_root: the parent directory of all anaconda installs. note that individual installs go into #{install_root}/#{version}
    • accept_license: must be explicitly set to the string yes; any other value will reject the license.
    • owner: the user who owns the install
    • group: the group who owns the install


Include this to have the environment set for all users (login shells) via /etc/profile.d. Useful for development.

$> vagrant ssh
$vagrant> which conda

resource anaconda_package

You can use the anaconda_package resource to install new packages into the Anaconda environment:

# I do not know what 'astroid' is, just using it as a sample package
anaconda_package 'astroid' do
  # the other supported action is `:remove`
  action :install

See the resource definition for additional options; in general, all it does is present the same options as conda install/conda remove.

resource anaconda_nbservice

This only works with a full Anaconda installation! I.e. the notebook service will not work out-of-the-box if installed with miniconda

The anaconda_nbservice will run an IPython notebook server as a runit service:

anaconda_nbservice 'notebook-server' do
  # listen on all interfaces; there will be a warning since security is
  # disabled
  ip '*'
  port '8888'

  user 'vagrant'
  group 'vagrant'

  install_dir '/opt/ipython/server'

  service_action [ :enable, :start ]

The standard configuration should be good enough, but you might need to write your own run service template:

anaconda_nbservice 'server-with-custom-template' do
  user ipython_user
  group ipython_group

  install_dir install_dir

  template_cookbook 'your_cookbook'
  # note that if your template name is TEMPLATE, then this value should be
  # 'TEMPLATE", but the file should be 'sv-TEMPLATE-run.erb'
  run_template_name 'your_template_name'

  service_action [ :enable, :start ]


Run the full test suite:

# this will take a really long time
$> script/cibuild

# check the final result; bash return codes: 0 is good, anything else is not
$> echo $?

Run just the chefspecs:

$> rspec

Run just the test kitchen serverspec integration tests:

# this is what takes so long: every platform and version is fully built in vagrant
# the list of OSes is defined in [.kitchen.yml](.kitchen.yml)
$> kitchen verify

# test a specific OS; `kitchen list`
$> kitchen verify default-ubuntu-1204

Check the style with Foodcritic:

$> foodcritic

Releases and issues

Standard stuff:

  • master is the active version in development
  • releases are made with Github, and git tag'ed

Issues should be opened in the Github issue tracker


  • autodetect 64-bit versus 32
  • (TODO does it matter? who uses it?) populate metadata.rb: suggests, supports, etc
  • add a pre-provision for kitchen tests to avoid redownloading the installer on every test (really slows down the tests)
  • figure out how to publish onto; the documentation is unbelievably bad


Author:: Matt Chu (

Dependent cookbooks

runit >= 0.0.0
apt >= 0.0.0

Contingent cookbooks

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