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The suicide_control cookbook has been deprecated

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


suicide_control (1) Versions 3.0.0

A fabulous new cookbook

cookbook 'suicide_control', '~> 3.0.0'
cookbook 'suicide_control', '~> 3.0.0', :supermarket
knife supermarket install suicide_control
knife supermarket download suicide_control
Quality 63%


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The default recipe aborts a chef-client run if the correct entry exists in a data bag, or has a specific tag (suicide) set. This can be used to prevent a daemonized chef-client from making changes on a system during ad-hoc deployment, troubleshooting, or other purposes.

We use this cookbook at Chef internally. It is not externally supported.

The default recipe loads items for the node chef_environment from a data bag suicide-ctl. These must exist or it will raise an exception. The structure of the items is:

  "id": "_default",
  "suicide": "none"

Values for suicide can be:

  • none
  • all
  • daemonized

Optionally, nodes can be tagged with suicide and the run will be aborted.

knife tag create NODENAME suicide

When done, remove the tag.

knife tag delete NODENAME suicide


License & Authors

Author: Cookbook Engineering Team (

Copyright: 2008-2016, 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.
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distributed under the License is distributed on an "AS IS" BASIS,
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Dependent cookbooks

This cookbook has no specified dependencies.

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suicide_control Cookbook CHANGELOG

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

3.0.0 (2016-09-16)

  • Add ignore files
  • Add kitchen config
  • Add docs
  • Add long_description and supermarket metadata
  • Add badges and license
  • Add rakefile and maintainers
  • Run travis tests using Chef-DK installation
  • Add basic converge chefspec
  • Resolve rubocop warnings
  • Require Chef 12.1+

Collaborator Number Metric

3.0.0 failed this metric

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

Contributing File Metric

3.0.0 passed this metric

Foodcritic Metric

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No Binaries Metric

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Publish Metric

3.0.0 failed this metric

suicide_control is deprecated

Supported Platforms Metric

3.0.0 failed this metric

suicide_control should declare what platform(s) it supports.

Testing File Metric

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Version Tag Metric

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