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The partial_search cookbook has been deprecated and is no longer being maintained by its authors. Use of the partial_search cookbook is no longer recommended.


partial_search (6) Versions 1.0.8

Provides experimental interface to partial search API in Chef Software Hosted Chef for Chef-Client pre-12.0

cookbook 'partial_search', '= 1.0.8'
cookbook 'partial_search', '= 1.0.8', :supermarket
knife supermarket install partial_search
knife supermarket download partial_search
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Partial Search Cookbook

Partial Search is a search API available on Chef Server. (see Notes below for version compatibility)
It can be used to reduce the network bandwidth and the memory used by chef-client to process search results.

This cookbook provides an experimental interface to the partial search API by providing a partial_search method that can be used instead of the search method in your recipes.

Since Chef Client 11.10.0 the partial_search capability has been built-in so it does not require this cookbook.

The partial_search method allows you to retrieve just the attributes of interest. For example, you can execute a search to return just the name and IP addresses of the nodes in your infrastructure rather than receiving an array of complete node objects and post-processing them.


Upload this cookbook and include it in the dependencies of any cookbook where you would like to use partial_search.


When you call partial_search, you need to specify the key paths of the attributes you want returned. Key paths are specified as an array of strings. Each key path is mapped to a short name of your choosing. Consider the following example:

partial_search(:node, 'role:web',
   :keys => { 'name' => [ 'name' ],
              'ip'   => [ 'ipaddress' ],
              'kernel_version' => [ 'kernel', 'version' ]
).each do |result|
  puts result['name']
  puts result['ip']
  puts result['kernel_version']

In the example above, two attributes will be extracted (on the server) from the nodes that match the search query. The result will be a simple hash with keys 'name' and 'ip'.


  • We would like your feedback on this feature and the interface provided by this cookbook. Please send comments to the chef-dev mailing list.

  • The partial search API is available in the Open Source Chef Server since 11.0.4

  • The partial search API is available in Enterprise Chef Server since 1.2.2

License & Authors

Copyright:: 2012-2013, Opscode, Inc.

Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License");
you may not use this file except in compliance with the License.
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Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing, software
distributed under the License is distributed on an "AS IS" BASIS,
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