Deleting unused files in Chef cookbook03 Jun 2016
When you use Chef cookbook, a lot of files might be installed in you machine, configuration, script and so on.
Chef provides very useful resource for putting a file called
template. You can put any type of text file with this resource.
template does not manage a file when it is unused. How can we delete a file once installed?
Since there is no way provided by Chef, we have to implement. So here I want to introduce a small pattern to achieve
this purpose here. The problem we want to solve here is this.
- We have a dynamic list of files to be installed
- We have to change the list anytime even some of them are deleted
- Deleted files from the list must be also deleted from the machine
We can assume the case that the list is kept by data_bags or consul. Chef
template cannot handle this type of dynamic
list flexibly itself. So this is what I’ve written to achieve this.
def installed_config_files begin Dir.glob("/path/to/*.conf") rescue return  end end
This is defined in libraries or somewhere.
installed_config_files is used in each recipe.
installed_config_files.each do |conf| # Check the installed file should be kept or not if !config_files.include?(conf) then file conf do action :delete end end end config_files.each do |conf| template conf do source somewhere action :create end end
With this snippet, you can make sure only the filed defined
config_files are installed in the target machine.
Chef provides great power to our non-operation intensive engineers. I realized again that I can do operations which can be
repeatable, persistent and writable. I want to be more familiar with Chef usage further.