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homesick (5) Versions 0.2.0

Chef library cookbook to manage Homesick castle repositories

cookbook 'homesick', '= 0.2.0'
cookbook 'homesick', '= 0.2.0', :supermarket
knife cookbook site install homesick
knife cookbook site download homesick
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LWRP to manage homesick castles.



Tested on 0.10.2 and 0.10.4 but newer and older version should work just fine. File an issue if this isn't the case.


The following platforms have been tested with this cookbook, meaning that the recipes run on these platforms without error:

  • ubuntu
  • debian
  • mac_os_x
  • suse
  • openbsd

Please report any additional platforms so they can be added.


There are no external cookbook dependencies. If you are using RVM, then you should consider using the rvm cookbook.


Simply include recipe[homesick] in your run_list and the homesick_repo resource will be available.

To use recipe[homesick::data_bag], include it in your run_list and have a data bag called "users" with an item for your user like the following:

  "id"  : "wigglebottom",
  "homesick_castles"  : [
    { "name"    : "dotvim",
      "source"  : "git://"
    { "name"    : "dotfiles",
      "source"  : "git://",
      "action"  : "update"

The data bag recipe will iterate through a list of usernames defined in node['users'] and attempt to pull in the homesick information from the data bag item. In other words, having:

node['users'] = ['hsolo']

will set up the hsolo user's castles and not use the wigglebottom user.



This recipe is a no-op and does nothing.

Use this recipe when you only want access to the homesick_castle LWRP.


Fetches an list of homesick castles with data drawn from a data bag. The default data bag is "users" and the list of user accounts to iterate through is set on node['users'].

Use this recipe when you want data bag driven data in your workflow.



The data bag name containing a group of user account information. This is used by the data_bag recipe to use as a database of user accounts. The default is "users".

Resources and Providers



Action Description Default
install Clones the castle and symlinks it. Yes
update Pulls updates for the castle and re-symlinks it.


Attribute Description Default value
name Name attribute: The name of the homesick castle. nil
user The user using the castle. nil
source The clone URL (http, https, git, etc.) of the castle. nil


Install a Castle

homesick_castle 'dotvim' do
  user    'wigglebottom
  source  'git://'

Note: the install action is the default.

Pull Updates for a Castle

homesick_castle 'dotfiles' do
  user    'wigglebottom
  source  'git://'
  action  :update


Pull requests are very welcome! Make sure your patches are well tested. Ideally create a topic branch for every seperate change you make.

License and Author

Author:: Fletcher Nichol (

Copyright 2011, Fletcher Nichol

Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License"); you may not use this file except in compliance with the License. You may obtain a copy of the License at

Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing, software distributed under the License is distributed on an "AS IS" BASIS, WITHOUT WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, either express or implied. See the License for the specific language governing permissions and limitations under the License.

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