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remote_install (12) Versions 1.0.2

Provides an opinionated way to download and install remote software

cookbook 'remote_install', '= 1.0.2', :supermarket
cookbook 'remote_install', '= 1.0.2'
knife supermarket install remote_install
knife supermarket download remote_install
Quality 86%

remote_install Cookbook

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Provides a highly-opinionated way to download, extract, and compile software from a remote source.

This project is managed by the CHEF Release Engineering team. For more information on the Release Engineering team's contribution, triage, and release process, please consult the CHEF Release Engineering OSS Management Guide.


Install bash:

remote_install 'bash' do
  source ''
  version '4.3'
  checksum 'afc687a28e0e24dc21b988fa159ff9dbcf6b7caa92ade8645cc6d5605cd024d4'
  build_command './configure'
  compile_command 'make'
  install_command 'make install'

The remote_install resource has the following attributes:

Attribute Description
source the URL to download
checksum the SHA256 checksum for the downlaoded asset from source
build_command the command to "build"
compile_command the command to "compile"
install_command the command to "install"
environment the environment to set while building

License & Authors

Copyright 2014, Chef Software, Inc. (<>)

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,
See the License for the specific language governing permissions and
limitations under the License.

remote_install Cookbook CHANGELOG

This file is used to list changes made in each version of the remote_install cookbook.


  • the -v flag for tar is unsupported on older and bsd versions of tar, which is an issue on older platforms


  • Compute extract path basename based on tarball name. Add md5 support.
  • Allow the basename of extracted directory to be specified.


  • Initial public release

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FC057: Library provider does not declare use_inline_resources: remote_install/libraries/remote_install.rb:39
FC066: Ensure chef_version is set in metadata: remote_install/metadata.rb:1
FC069: Ensure standardized license defined in metadata: remote_install/metadata.rb:1
Run with Foodcritic Version 11.3.0 with tags metadata,correctness ~FC031 ~FC045 and failure tags any

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