homebrew_cask

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Use the homebrew_cask resource to install binaries distributed via the Homebrew package manager.

New in Chef Client 14.0.

Syntax

This resource has the following syntax:

homebrew_cask 'name' do
  cask_name                  String # default value: 'name'
  homebrew_path              String # default value: '/usr/local/bin/brew'
  install_cask               True, False # default value: 'true'
  notifies                   # see description
  options                    String
  owner                      String # default value: lazy { find_homebrew_username }
  subscribes                 # see description
  action                     Symbol # defaults to :install if not specified
end

where:

  • homebrew_cask is the resource
  • 'name' is the name of the Homebrew cask, or the name of the resource block
  • cask_name, homebrew_path, install_cask, notifies, options, owner, and subscribes are the properties available to this resource

Actions

:install
Default. Install an application that is packaged as a Homebrew cask.
:remove
Remove an application that is packaged as a Homebrew cask.
:nothing
Define this resource block to do nothing until notified by another resource to take action. When this resource is notified, this resource block is either run immediately or it is queued up to be run at the end of the Chef Client run.

Properties

cask_name

Ruby Type: String | Default Value: 'name'

The name of the Homebrew cask, if it differs from the resource block name.

homebrew_path

Ruby Type: String | Default Value: /usr/local/bin/brew

The path to the Homebrew binary.

install_cask

Ruby Type: True, False | Default Value: true

Automatically install the Homebrew cask tap, if necessary.

notifies

Ruby Type: Symbol, ‘Chef::Resource[String]’

A resource may notify another resource to take action when its state changes. Specify a 'resource[name]', the :action that resource should take, and then the :timer for that action. A resource may notify more than one resource; use a notifies statement for each resource to be notified.

A timer specifies the point during the Chef Client run at which a notification is run. The following timers are available:

:before
Specifies that the action on a notified resource should be run before processing the resource block in which the notification is located.
:delayed
Default. Specifies that a notification should be queued up, and then executed at the end of the Chef Client run.
:immediate, :immediately
Specifies that a notification should be run immediately, per resource notified.

The syntax for notifies is:

notifies :action, 'resource[name]', :timer
options

Ruby Type: String

Options to pass to the brew command during installation.

owner

Ruby Type: String | Default Value: lazy { find_homebrew_username }

The owner of the Homebrew installation.

subscribes

Ruby Type: Symbol, ‘Chef::Resource[String]’

A resource may listen to another resource, and then take action if the state of the resource being listened to changes. Specify a 'resource[name]', the :action to be taken, and then the :timer for that action.

Note that subscribes does not apply the specified action to the resource that it listens to - for example:

file '/etc/nginx/ssl/example.crt' do
   mode '0600'
   owner 'root'
end

service 'nginx' do
   subscribes :reload, 'file[/etc/nginx/ssl/example.crt]', :immediately
end

In this case the subscribes property reloads the nginx service whenever its certificate file, located under /etc/nginx/ssl/example.crt, is updated. subscribes does not make any changes to the certificate file itself, it merely listens for a change to the file, and executes the :reload action for its resource (in this example nginx) when a change is detected.

A timer specifies the point during the Chef Client run at which a notification is run. The following timers are available:

:before
Specifies that the action on a notified resource should be run before processing the resource block in which the notification is located.
:delayed
Default. Specifies that a notification should be queued up, and then executed at the end of the Chef Client run.
:immediate, :immediately
Specifies that a notification should be run immediately, per resource notified.

The syntax for subscribes is:

subscribes :action, 'resource[name]', :timer