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managed_directory (6) Versions 0.1.0

Provides the managed_directory resource

cookbook 'managed_directory', '= 0.1.0'
cookbook 'managed_directory', '= 0.1.0', :supermarket
knife supermarket install managed_directory
knife supermarket download managed_directory
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Provides an LWRP to declare that a directory's contents are entirely managed by Chef. When a node is converged, any files present in the managed_directory that are not managed by Chef will be removed.



Known to work on CentOS and OS X. Should work on other Unix-like systems.



Ensure that a directory contains only files put there by Chef in this run. Any other files will be removed.


  • :clean - Remove any unmanaged files.

Attribute Parameters

  • path - (name attribute) The absolute path to the directory to be managed.



Include the default recipe in a run list to make the resource available in your run.


The 'test' recipe illustrates use of the managed_directory resource.


  • The directory to be managed must already exist. If you also need to ensure that the directory exists, use the Directory resource separately.

  • This doesn't even try to cope with subdirectories (managed or otherwise) inside the managed_directory.

  • A file is considered to be managed if there is a resource with a name attribute equal to the file's full path. It will do the wrong thing if this assumption is not true for the contents of your directory.

  • Files managed by resources created after this LWRP is converged (eg, from within a ruby_block or LWRP later in the run list) will be incorrectly identified as "unmanaged", and then deleted. They will be recreated later in the run, but this creates a window where the file is missing.

License and Author

Author: Zachary Stevens (

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.

Foodcritic Metric

0.1.0 failed this metric

FC031: Cookbook without metadata file: /tmp/cook/eca2e96dda9b08ccf1a65153/managed_directory/metadata.rb:1
FC045: Consider setting cookbook name in metadata: /tmp/cook/eca2e96dda9b08ccf1a65153/managed_directory/metadata.rb:1