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tar (19) Versions 0.7.0

Installs tar and two resources to manage remote tar packages

cookbook 'tar', '= 0.7.0'
cookbook 'tar', '= 0.7.0', :supermarket
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Installs tar and two resources for managing remote tar files. tar_package handles remote source package compilation. tar_extract handles retrieving remote tar files and extracting them locally.


Author:: Nathan L Smith ( Author:: George Miranda ( Author:: Mark Van de Vyver (<>)

Copyright 2011, Cramer Development, Inc. Copyright 2011, Opscode, Inc. Copyright 2013, TAQTIQA LLC.

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, WITHOUT WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, either express or implied. See the License for the specific language governing permissions and limitations under the License.


A tar_package LWRP provides an easy way to download remote files and compile and install them. This only works for the most basic Autoconf programs that can do ./configure && make && make install.

A tar_extract LWRP provides an easy way to download remote tar files and extract them to a local directory.


tar_package - :install: Installs the package

tar_extract - :extract: Extracts the tar file from a url - :extract_local: Extracts the tar file from a local file path

Attribute Parameters

tar_package - source: name attribute. The source remote URL. - prefix: Directory to be used as the --prefix configure flag. - source_directory: Directory to which source files are download. - creates: A file this command creates - if the file exists, the command will not be run. - configure_flags: Array of additional flags to be passed to ./configure. - archive_name: Specify a different name for the downloaded archive. Use it if the directory name inside the tar file is different than the name defined in the URL. Additionally, tar_package supports most remote_file attributes.

tar_extract - source: name attribute. The source remote URL. - target_dir: Directory to extract into, e.g. tar xzf -C (target_dir) - download_dir: Directory to which tarball is downloaded (defaults to chef cache which requires root group and user). - creates: A file this command creates - if the file exists, the command will not be run. - compress_char: Flag for compression type, such as z for gzip. man tar for options. - tar_flags: Array of additional flags to be passed to tar xzf command. - group: Group name or group ID to extract the archive under. If set to non-root group, point to a download_dir the group has permission to access. - user: User name or user ID to extract the archive under. If set to non-root user, point to a download_dir the user has permission to access. Additionally, tar_extract supports most remote_file attributes.


tar_package '' do
  prefix '/usr/local'
  creates '/usr/local/bin/pgpool'

This will download, compile, and install the package from the given URL and install it into /usr/local.

tar_extract '' do
  target_dir '/opt/myapp/mycode'
  creates '/opt/myapp/mycode/lib'
  tar_flags [ '-P', '--strip-components 1' ]

This will download the tarball to cache, extract the contents to /opt/myapp/mycode, use the file '/opt/myapp/mycode/lib' to determine idempotency, and pass both '-P' and '--strip-components 1' flags to the tar xzf command.

tar_extract '/tmp/mycode-1.2.3.tar.gz' do
  action :extract_local
  target_dir '/opt/myapp/mycode'
  creates '/opt/myapp/mycode/lib'

This will extract the contents of /tmp/mycode-1.2.3.tar.gz to /opt/myapp/mycode and use the file '/opt/myapp/mycode/lib' to determine idempotency.

ChefSpec Matchers

ChefSpec matchers are defined for tar_package and tar_extract.

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Tar Cookbook Changelog

v0.7.0 (2015-07-08)

  • Add adoption notice
  • Use file_cache_path instead of file_backup_path for downloaded artifact storage
  • Fix links to Chef documentation in README

v0.6.0 (2014-12-03)

  • Allow either string or array for tar flags

v0.5.0 (2014-07-28)

  • Add support for more attributes of remote_file
  • Escape downloaded file names

v0.4.0 (2014-06-13)

  • Add archive_name option for when the file name is different from the package name

v0.3.4 (2014-06-05)

  • Define ChefSpec::Runner method for tar_extract

v0.3.3 (2014-06-03)

  • Add ChefSpec matchers

v0.3.2 (2014-05-05)

  • Add checksum to remote file downloads

v0.3.1 (2014-04-04)

  • Correct "notifies" definition in tar_extract's remote_file

v0.3.0 (2014-03-21)

  • Add :extract_local action

v0.2.0 (2013-12-31)

  • Make tar_extract only run if needed
  • Fix missing space in command line prefix
  • Ensure file_backup_path exists on initial chef-client run
  • Only add headers if needed

v0.1.0 (2013-11-26)

  • Allow custom HTTP headers when downloading files
  • Allow the type of tar compression
  • Improve resource notifications

v0.0.4 (2013-10-02)

  • Remove conditional download requests in favor of built-in functionality in Chef >= 11.6.0.
  • Fix readme example
  • Foodcritic fixes

v0.0.3 (2013-01-30)

  • Conditional requests for downloads
  • Allow extract if non-root user
  • Formatting fixes

v0.0.2 (2012-10-13)

  • Add tar_extract LWRP

v0.0.1 (2011-09-15)

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FC065: Ensure source_url is set in metadata: /tmp/3c9135b6e9f63b3008bdaf67/tar/metadata.rb:1
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