[chef] Custom Ohai Plugins in attributes/default.rb

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  • From: Douglas Garstang < >
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  • Subject: [chef] Custom Ohai Plugins in attributes/default.rb
  • Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 10:36:55 -0800

I am trying to use the public LDAP cookbook on EC2 instances. Some are in a VPC and some are not. My environment file has the LDAP server for both situations. I wrote an ohai plugin that returns if the instance is in a VPC or not.

I was testing this attribute in my wrapper cookbook and then setting the LDAP server, which the community LDAP cookbook would then use. It seems I can't test attributes defined by custom ohai plugins (is this documented anywhere?).

I could define the LDAP server that the public LDAP cookbook uses in my wrapper cookbook, but then will the community one use it? This stuff is really murky. It's my belief that how all this works could really be documented far far better.


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