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chef_cleaner (2) Versions 1.0.1

This is small handler for clean directories from files not created by chef resources

cookbook 'chef_cleaner', '= 1.0.1', :supermarket
cookbook 'chef_cleaner', '= 1.0.1'
knife supermarket install chef_cleaner
knife supermarket download chef_cleaner
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Simple chef handler to remove files who was not updated by chef in the specific directory.

Supported Platforms

Tested on Ubuntu 12.04, but may work on almost all linux platforms.


For init handler — include chef_cleaner into your run_list

Include chef_cleaner in your node's run_list:

  "run_list": [

make_clean resource

For starting cleaning in directory use make_clean resource:

chef_cleaner "/tmp/1"

There is additional attributes:
* recursive - For recursive check files in dir. Default: false (TrueFalse)
* exclude - Array of exclude files in dir (May be Regexp or local path or global path) (String or Regexp or Array)
* report - for testing, if you not sure what you want to clean. Default: false (TrueFalse)
* notify - run some command if cleaner remove some files (String or Array)

* :make clean - Default action
* :report - Make report, not remove files


chef_cleaner "/etc/sensu/conf.d/checks" do
  exclude "my_new_check.json"
  notify "\`service sensu-client restart\`"
chef_cleaner "/etc/nginx/site-enables" do
  recursive true
  action :report
chef_cleaner "Custom name" do
  directory "/tmp/test_directory_7"
  recursive true
  exclude [/.*regexp$/, "subdir_created_with_bash/created_with_bash", "/subdir_created_with_chef/created_with_bash", "/tmp/test_directory_7/subdir_created_with_bash/created_with_bash_other"]


  1. Fork the repository on Github
  2. Create a named feature branch (i.e. add-new-recipe)
  3. Write you change
  4. Write tests for your change (if applicable)
  5. Run the tests, ensuring they all pass
  6. Submit a Pull Request

License and Authors

Author:: Grammarly, Inc. (

Dependent cookbooks

This cookbook has no specified dependencies.

Contingent cookbooks

There are no cookbooks that are contingent upon this one.


Initial release of chef_cleaner

  • Enhancements

    • an enhancement
  • Bug Fixes

    • a bug fix

Foodcritic Metric

1.0.1 failed this metric

FC017: LWRP does not notify when updated: /tmp/cook/eead9af470b7157b5c4f63ed/chef_cleaner/providers/default.rb:3
FC017: LWRP does not notify when updated: /tmp/cook/eead9af470b7157b5c4f63ed/chef_cleaner/providers/default.rb:7