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simple_users (8) Versions 0.1.2

Manages Linux (Ubuntu/CentOS) local users

cookbook 'simple_users', '= 0.1.2', :supermarket
cookbook 'simple_users', '= 0.1.2'
knife supermarket install simple_users
knife supermarket download simple_users
Quality 33%

Users cookbook


Chef cookbook to manage users.

Supported Platforms:

  • Ubuntu 16.04 (tested with Kitchen)
  • Ubuntu 14.04 was not tested however no ubuntu 16.04-specific commands are used here so it will probably work.
  • CentOS 7 (tested with Kitchen)


  • Clone this cookbook
  • Include simple_users::default in any of your recipes, roles or environments.

Add Users:

Add a block to the default attribute containing each of the following to create a user:
- name - Username.
- fullName - Full name of your new user (may contain spaces).
- passHash - Shadow-file hash of the desired password.
- sshPubKey - ssh public key string to add to ~/.ssh/authorized_keys
- action - create
- sudo - yes/no. Adding/removing the user from the sudoers file (only supported on Ubuntu for now)

Example of the default attribute file:

default['simple_users']['users'] = [
        'name' => 'usernam01',
        'fullName' => 'User01 Name',
        'passHash' => 'A_Long_HASH_String...',
        'sshPubKey' => 'ssh-rsa YourSSHPublicKey...',
        'myAction' => 'create',
        'sudo' => 'yes'
        'name' => 'usernam02',
        'fullName' => 'User02 Name',
        'passHash' => 'A_Long_HASH_String...',
        'sshPubKey' => 'ssh-rsa YourSSHPublicKey...',
        'myAction' => 'create',
        'sudo' => 'no'

Remove Users:

Add all the entries as mentioned above but put "remove" as the value of myAction.
'name' => 'usernam03',
'fullName' => 'User03 Name',
'passHash' => 'A_Long_HASH_String...',
'sshPubKey' => 'ssh-rsa YourSSHPublicKey...',
'myAction' => 'remove'

Removing Users from Sudoers

Put 'no' in the 'sudo' section of your user.

Note that the above must be a part of the same default['simple_users']['users'] array.

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Collaborator Number Metric

0.1.2 failed this metric

Failure: Cookbook has 0 collaborators. A cookbook must have at least 2 collaborators to pass this metric.

Foodcritic Metric

0.1.2 passed this metric

License Metric

0.1.2 failed this metric

simple_users does not have a valid open source license.
Acceptable licenses include Apache 2.0, apachev2, MIT, mit, GNU Public License 2.0, gplv2, GNU Public License 3.0, gplv3.