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chef_client_launchd Resource

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Use the chef_client_launchd resource to configure the Chef Infra Client to run on a schedule.

New in Chef Infra Client 16.5.

Syntax


The full syntax for all of the properties that are available to the chef_client_launchd resource is:

chef_client_launchd 'name' do
  accept_chef_license      true, false # default value: false
  chef_binary_path         String # default value: "/opt/chef/bin/chef-client"
  config_directory         String # default value: "/etc/chef"
  daemon_options           Array
  environment              Hash
  interval                 Integer, String # default value: 30
  log_directory            String # default value: "/Library/Logs/Chef"
  log_file_name            String # default value: "client.log"
  low_priority_io          true, false # default value: true
  nice                     Integer, String
  splay                    Integer, String # default value: 300
  user                     String # default value: "root"
  working_directory        String # default value: "/var/root"
  action                   Symbol # defaults to :enable if not specified
end

where:

  • chef_client_launchd is the resource.
  • name is the name given to the resource block.
  • action identifies which steps Chef Infra Client will take to bring the node into the desired state.
  • accept_chef_license, chef_binary_path, config_directory, daemon_options, environment, interval, log_directory, log_file_name, low_priority_io, nice, splay, user, and working_directory are the properties available to this resource.

Actions


The chef_client_launchd resource has the following actions:

:disable
Disable running Chef Infra Client on a schedule using launchd
:enable
Enable running Chef Infra Client on a schedule using launchd
:nothing
This resource block does not act unless notified by another resource to take action. Once notified, this resource block either runs immediately or is queued up to run at the end of a Chef Infra Client run.

Properties


The chef_client_launchd resource has the following properties:

accept_chef_license
Ruby Type: true, false | Default Value: false

Accept the Chef Online Master License and Services Agreement. See https://www.chef.io/online-master-agreement/

chef_binary_path
Ruby Type: String | Default Value: /opt/chef/bin/chef-client

The path to the chef-client binary.

config_directory
Ruby Type: String | Default Value: /etc/chef

The path of the config directory.

daemon_options
Ruby Type: Array

An array of options to pass to the chef-client command.

environment
Ruby Type: Hash

A Hash containing additional arbitrary environment variables under which the launchd daemon will be run in the form of ({'ENV_VARIABLE' => 'VALUE'}).

interval
Ruby Type: Integer, String | Default Value: 30

Time in minutes between Chef Infra Client executions.

log_directory
Ruby Type: String | Default Value: /Library/Logs/Chef

The path of the directory to create the log file in.

log_file_name
Ruby Type: String | Default Value: client.log

The name of the log file to use.

low_priority_io
Ruby Type: true, false | Default Value: true

Run the chef-client process with low priority disk IO

nice
Ruby Type: Integer, String

The process priority to run the chef-client process at. A value of -20 is the highest priority and 19 is the lowest priority.

splay
Ruby Type: Integer, String | Default Value: 300

A random number of seconds between 0 and X to add to interval so that all chef-client commands don’t execute at the same time.

user
Ruby Type: String | Default Value: root

The name of the user that Chef Infra Client runs as.

working_directory
Ruby Type: String | Default Value: /var/root

The working directory to run the Chef Infra Client from.


Common Resource Functionality


Chef resources include common properties, notifications, and resource guards.

Common Properties

The following properties are common to every resource:

compile_time

Ruby Type: true, false | Default Value: false

Control the phase during which the resource is run on the node. Set to true to run while the resource collection is being built (the compile phase). Set to false to run while Chef Infra Client is configuring the node (the converge phase).

ignore_failure

Ruby Type: true, false, :quiet | Default Value: false

Continue running a recipe if a resource fails for any reason. :quiet will not display the full stack trace and the recipe will continue to run if a resource fails.

retries

Ruby Type: Integer | Default Value: 0

The number of attempts to catch exceptions and retry the resource.

retry_delay

Ruby Type: Integer | Default Value: 2

The retry delay (in seconds).

sensitive

Ruby Type: true, false | Default Value: false

Ensure that sensitive resource data is not logged by Chef InfraClient.

Notifications

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.

If the referenced resource does not exist, an error is raised. In contrast, subscribes will not fail if the source resource is not found.

A timer specifies the point during a Chef Infra 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 a Chef Infra 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
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.

If the other resource does not exist, the subscription will not raise an error. Contrast this with the stricter semantics of notifies, which will raise an error if the other resource does not exist.

A timer specifies the point during a Chef Infra 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 a Chef Infra 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

Guards

A guard property can be used to evaluate the state of a node during the execution phase of a Chef Infra Client run. Based on the results of this evaluation, a guard property is then used to tell Chef Infra Client if it should continue executing a resource. A guard property accepts either a string value or a Ruby block value:

  • A string is executed as a shell command. If the command returns 0, the guard is applied. If the command returns any other value, then the guard property is not applied. String guards in a powershell_script run Windows PowerShell commands and may return true in addition to 0.
  • A block is executed as Ruby code that must return either true or false. If the block returns true, the guard property is applied. If the block returns false, the guard property is not applied.

A guard property is useful for ensuring that a resource is idempotent by allowing that resource to test for the desired state as it is being executed, and then if the desired state is present, for Chef Infra Client to do nothing.

Properties

The following properties can be used to define a guard that is evaluated during the execution phase of a Chef Infra Client run:

not_if

Prevent a resource from executing when the condition returns true.

only_if

Allow a resource to execute only if the condition returns true.

Examples


The following examples demonstrate various approaches for using the chef_client_launchd resource in recipes:

Set the Chef Infra Client to run on a schedule:

chef_client_launchd 'Setup the Chef Infra Client to run every 30 minutes' do
  interval 30
  action :enable
end

Disable the Chef Infra Client running on a schedule:

chef_client_launchd 'Prevent the Chef Infra Client from running on a schedule' do
  action :disable
end