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generator-cookbook (1) Versions 0.1.0

Installs / configures generated_cookbook

cookbook 'generator-cookbook', '~> 0.1.0', :supermarket
cookbook 'generator-cookbook', '~> 0.1.0'
knife supermarket install generator-cookbook
knife supermarket download generator-cookbook
Quality 43%

Chef Generator Cookbook

Build Status

Generator cookbook for creating new cookbooks using chef generate cookbook COOKBOOK_NAME --generator-cookbook. Checkout [test/desired_cookbook/](./test/desired_cookbook/) to see how a generated cookbook will look.


  1. Download the cookbook available from Chef Supermarket
  2. Generate a cookbook using chef generate cookbook ... from chef-dk, passing in the path to this generator-cookbook as an argument
# download the cookbook from the supermarket
curl -L | tar xz

# install `chef` utility from chef-dk if you don't already have it
which chef || gem install chef-dk --no-document

# generate your new cookbook using the generator repo as a template
chef generate cookbook COOKBOOK_NAME \
  --copyright 'Copyright Holder' \
  --email '' \
  --license 'apachev2' \
  --generator-cookbook generator-cookbook

Differences from default generator

  • Each generated file includes a simple code example to get you started in that file
  • Test-kitchen and Chefspec Travis CI setup generated
  • Gemfile generated
  • This generator always uses Berkshelf rather than Policyfile
  • There is no Chef Delivery support

Here is a comparison of the file trees created by this generator and the default chef-dk generator:

this_generator/                default_chef-dk_generator/
  .gitignore                     .gitignore
  .kitchen.docker.yml            .kitchen.yml
  .kitchen.yml                   Berksfile
  .rspec                         LICENSE           
  .travis.yml                    chefignore
  Berksfile                      metadata.rb
  Gemfile                        recipes/
  LICENSE                          default.rb                      spec/
  attributes/                      spec_helper.rb
    default.rb                     unit/
  chefignore                         recipes/
  metadata.rb                          default_spec.rb
  recipes/                       test/
    default.rb                     integration/
  spec/                              default/
    recipes/                           default_test.rb
    spec_helper.rb             7 directories, 11 files

11 directories, 19 files


Generating with this cookbook is tested in Travis - a cookbook is generated and then compared to [test/desired_cookbook](./test/desired_cookbook/).

When developing the generator cookbook, its handy to run the generator and see if your changes work as you intended:

# clear generated_cookbook/ and generate into it
rm -rf generated_cookbook
bundle exec chef generate cookbook generated_cookbook \
  --copyright 'Copyright Holder' \
  --email '' \
  --license 'apachev2' \
  --verbose \
  --generator-cookbook .

# compare the file trees of test/desired_cookbook/ and generated_cookbook/
mkdir -p tmp
tree -aF test/desired_cookbook > tmp/desired_cookbook.tree
tree -aF generated_cookbook > tmp/generated_cookbook.tree
git diff --no-index tmp/*.tree

# diff the contents of test/desired_cookbook/ and generated_cookbook/
git diff --no-index test/desired_cookbook generated_cookbook


Ensure your local master branch is up to date with changes and metadata version increase. Then use stove to create and push a git tag and the push cookbook to the supermarket.

bundle exec stove --username atheiman --key ~/.chef/

Dependent cookbooks

This cookbook has no specified dependencies.

Contingent cookbooks

There are no cookbooks that are contingent upon this one.

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

0.1.0 failed this metric

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

Foodcritic Metric

0.1.0 passed this metric

No Binaries Metric

0.1.0 passed this metric

Supported Platforms Metric

0.1.0 failed this metric

generator-cookbook should declare what platform(s) it supports.

Testing File Metric

0.1.0 failed this metric

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

0.1.0 passed this metric