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stow (13) Versions 1.0.0

Installs GNU Stow & provides stow_package resource

cookbook 'stow', '= 1.0.0'
cookbook 'stow', '= 1.0.0', :supermarket
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stow (Chef cookbook)

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A simple chef cookbook to install GNU stow via package management or source if a package is not available.


  • ['stow']['path'] = '/usr/local/stow' path stow command uses for symlinking packages and libraries
  • ['stow']['target'] = nil target directory for stow managed symlinks, defaults to stow path's parent directory if nil
  • ['stow']['version'] = '2.2.0' version of stow to install for source installations
  • ['stow']['src_url'] = '' URL for latest stow source tarball
  • ['stow']['rpm_url'] = nil # '' Default is nil and uses yum, but you can specify an alternative rpm package by URL
  • ['stow']['deb_url'] = nil # '' Default is nil and uses apt, but you can specify an alternative deb package by URL


Add the recipes to the run_list, it should probably be towards the beginning:


Configure attributes:

"stow" : {
  "path" : "/opt/local/stow",
  "version" : "2.2.0"

Resources Provided

The stow cookbook provides a stow_package resource that can be used as follows:

stow_package 'openssl' do
  name    'openssl'
  version '1.0.2d'
  creates 'bin/openssl' # *Required* relative path to a file your source compiled package creates
  #action :stow # Also available `:destow`, the default action is `:stow`
  #destow_existing true # Defaults to `true` and will destow all out of date packages with prefix "#{name}-+-"
  #current_version '1.0.2c' # Destows `current_version` before `version` is stowed; ignored unless `destow_existing` is `false`

NOTE: This cookbook expects you to compile your packages with the following prefix convention:

For the example above, you would compile openssl with the prefix:
--prefix #{node['stow']['path']}/openssl-+-1.0.2d/

If your package / library works with the tar cookbook there's a very easy way to do this, like so:

# Compile your package via the tar cookbook with proper prefix
tar_package "#{tarball_path_or_url}" do
  prefix "#{node['stow']['path']}/#{your_pkg_name}-+-#{your_pkg_version}"
  creates "#{node['stow']['path']}/#{your_pkg_name}-+-#{your_pkg_version}/#{path/to/pkg/file}"

# Stow your package
stow_package "#{your_pkg_name}" do
  name    "#{your_pkg_name}"
  version "#{your_pkg_version}"
  creates 'path/to/pkg/file' # Note the relative path vs full path for `tar_package`

ChefSpec Matchers

A set of ChefSpec matchers is included, for unit testing with ChefSpec. To illustrate:

# Recipe code
stow_package 'openssl' do
  name    'openssl'
  version '1.0.2d'
  creates 'bin/openssl'
# Spec code
it 'should stow openssl version 1.0.2d' do
  expect(chef_run).to stow_package('openssl').with(
    name:    'openssl',
    version: '1.0.2d',
    creates: 'bin/openssl'
  # Stow package wraps the execute resource if you want further validation
  expect(chef_run).to run_execute('stow_openssl-1.0.2d')

A matcher for the delete action is also available:

# Recipe code
stow_package 'openssl' do
  action  :destow
  name    'openssl'
  version '1.0.2c'
  creates 'bin/openssl'
# Spec code
it 'should destow package openssl 1.0.2c' do
  expect(chef_run).to destow_package('openssl').with(
    action:  :destow,
    name:    'openssl',
    version: '1.0.2c',
    creates: 'bin/openssl'
  # Stow package wraps the execute resource if you want further validation
  expect(chef_run).to run_execute('destow_openssl-1.0.2c')

Dependent cookbooks

yum-epel ~> 0.6.2
tar ~> 0.6.0
build-essential ~> 2.2
apt ~> 2.7.0

Contingent cookbooks

There are no cookbooks that are contingent upon this one.

Foodcritic Metric

1.0.0 failed this metric

FC031: Cookbook without metadata file: /tmp/cook/ba797173ea3086795b035cbd/stow/metadata.rb:1
FC045: Consider setting cookbook name in metadata: /tmp/cook/ba797173ea3086795b035cbd/stow/metadata.rb:1