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pound (1) Versions 0.1.3

Installs/Configures pound

cookbook 'pound', '~> 0.1.3'
cookbook 'pound', '~> 0.1.3', :supermarket
knife supermarket install pound
knife supermarket download pound
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The Pound program is a reverse proxy, load balancer and HTTPS front-end for Web server(s). Pound was developed to enable distributing the load among several Web-servers and to allow for a convenient SSL wrapper for those Web servers that do not offer it natively.


1.a reverse-proxy: it passes requests from client browsers to one or more back-end servers.
2.a load balancer: it will distribute the requests from the client browsers among several back-end servers, while keeping session information. SSL wrapper: Pound will decrypt HTTPS requests from client browsers and pass them as plain HTTP to the back-end servers. HTTP/HTTPS sanitizer: Pound will verify requests for correctness and accept only well-formed ones.
5.a fail over-server: should a back-end server fail, Pound will take note of the fact and stop passing requests to it until it recovers.
6.a request redirector: requests may be distributed among servers according to the requested URL.

Pound is a very small program, easily audited for security problems. It can run as setuid/setgid and/or in a chroot jail. Pound does not access the hard-disk at all (except for reading the certificate file on start, if required) and should thus pose no security threat to any machine.


1.Pound is not a Web server: by itself, Pound serves no content - it contacts the back-end server(s) for that purpose.
2.Pound is not a Web accelerator: no caching is done - every request is passed "as is" to a back-end server.


TODO: List your cookbook requirements. Be sure to include any requirements this cookbook has on platforms, libraries, other cookbooks, packages, operating systems, etc.

The following code block needs to be added to the Varnish VCL:

Getting Varnish and Pound to play nicely required the vcl_hash block below

sub vcl_hash { hash_data(req.url); if ( { hash_data(; } else { hash_data(server.ip); } # Use special internal SSL hash for https content # X-Forwarded-Proto is set to https by Pound if (req.http.X-Forwarded-Proto ~ "https") { hash_data(req.http.X-Forwarded-Proto); } return (hash); }


TODO: List you cookbook attributes here.



default[:pound][:backend][:port]="8000" Backend application running on port 8000


default[:pound][:ssl][:key]="" The SSL Key

default[:pound][:ssl][:cert]="" The SSL Cert

default[:pound][:ssl][:chain]="" The SSL chain






TODO: Write usage instructions for each cookbook. For SSL enablement with Varnish you will need the following:



The following inputs will have to be updated with their values: SSL KEY SSL Cert SSL Chain


TODO: (optional) If this is a public cookbook, detail the process for contributing. If this is a private cookbook, remove this section.

e.g. 1. Fork the repository on Github 2. Create a named feature branch (like add_component_x) 3. Write you change 4. Write tests for your change (if applicable) 5. Run the tests, ensuring they all pass 6. Submit a Pull Request using Github

License and Authors

Author:: RightScale, Inc. (

Dependent cookbooks

yum-epel >= 0.0.0

Contingent cookbooks

There are no cookbooks that are contingent upon this one.

CHANGELOG for pound

All notable changes to this project will be documented in this file.

The format is based on Keep a Changelog and this project adheres to Semantic Versioning.




0.1.3 - 2017-03-28


  • Updated to chef12
  • Updated to ChefDK 1.2.22
  • Updated to kitchen-dokken


  • Initial release of pound

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