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fb_apt (1) Versions 0.1.0

Installs/Configures fb_apt

cookbook 'fb_apt', '~> 0.1.0'
cookbook 'fb_apt', '~> 0.1.0', :supermarket
knife supermarket install fb_apt
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fb_apt Cookbook

The fb_apt cookbook installs and configures APT, the Debian package management tool.



  • node['fb_apt']['config']
  • node['fb_apt']['keys']
  • node['fb_apt']['keyring']
  • node['fb_apt']['keyserver']
  • node['fb_apt']['mirror']
  • node['fb_apt']['preserve_sources_list_d']
  • node['fb_apt']['preferences']
  • node['fb_apt']['repos']
  • node['fb_apt']['update_delay']
  • node['fb_apt']['want_backports']
  • node['fb_apt']['want_non_free']
  • node['fb_apt']['want_source']


To install and configure APT include fb_apt, which will populate the repository sources in /etc/apt/sources.list and update the package cache during the run if it's older than node['fb_apt']['update_delay'] seconds (defaults to 86400). To force an update on every Chef run, set this attribute to 0. The actual update is done via the execute[apt-get update] resource, which other cookbooks can suscribe to or notify as well.

Repository sources

By default the cookbook will setup the base distribution repos based on the codename (as defined in node['lsb']['codename']) using a sensible default mirror for the package sources. The mirror can be customized with node['fb_apt']['mirror']; if set to nil, base repos will not be included at all in /etc/apt/sources.list. If base repos are enabled, the additional backports and non-free sources can be enabled with the node['fb_apt']['want_backports'] and node['fb_apt']['want_non_free'] attributes, and source code repos can be enabled with node['fb_apt']['want_source']; these all default to false.

Additional repository sources can be added with node['fb_apt']['repos']. By default fb_apt will clobber existing contents in /etc/apt/sources.list.d to ensure it has full control on the repository list; this can be disabled with node['fb_apt']['preserve_sources_list_d'].


Repository keys can be added to node['fb_apt']['keys'] which is a hash in the keyid => key format; if key is nil the key will be automatically fetched from the node['fb_apt']['keyserver'] keyserver ( by default). Example:

node.default['fb_apt']['keys']['94558F59'] = nil
node.default['fb_apt']['keys']['F3EFDBD9'] = <<-eos

Automatic key fetching can be disabled by setting the keyserver to nil; this will produce an exception for any unspecified key. By default fb_apt will manage the keyring at /etc/apt/trusted.gpg; this can be customized with node['fb_apt']['keyring'].


APT behaviour can be customized using node['fb_apt']['config'], which will be used to populate /etc/apt/apt.conf. Note that this will take precedence over anything in /etc/apt/apt.conf.d. Example:

  'Acquire::http' => {
    'Proxy' => 'http://myproxy:3412',


You can fine tune which versions of packages will be selected for installation by tweaking APT preferences via node['fb_apt']['preferences']. Note that we clobber the contents of /etc/apt/preferences.d to ensure this always takes precedence. Example:

  'Pin dpatch package from experimental' => {
    'Package' => 'dpatch',
    'Pin' => 'release o=Debian,a=experimental',
    'Pin-Priority' => 450,

Dependent cookbooks

fb_helpers >= 0.0.0

Contingent cookbooks

fb_init_sample Applicable Versions

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.

Contributing File Metric

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Foodcritic Metric

0.1.0 failed this metric

FC064: Ensure issues_url is set in metadata: fb_apt/metadata.rb:1
FC066: Ensure chef_version is set in metadata: fb_apt/metadata.rb:1
Run with Foodcritic Version 14.3.0 with tags metadata,correctness ~FC031 ~FC045 and failure tags any

No Binaries Metric

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Publish Metric

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Supported Platforms Metric

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Testing File Metric

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Failure: To pass this metric, your cookbook metadata must include a source url, the source url must be in the form of, and your repo must contain a file

Version Tag Metric

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Failure: To pass this metric, your cookbook metadata must include a source url, the source url must be in the form of, and your repo must include a tag that matches this cookbook version number