I wonder if there’s a way to make it easier for the checksum check to
happen? Like have an option to store the checksum as a node attribute
for subsequent runs if you know the download is static vs dynamic. For
example, a ruby tarball vs an app deployment war. That would at least
prevent Chef from downloading the file every time to verify that
checksums are indeed the same.
Of course, that’s no help if someone deletes the downloaded artifact. I
tried setting a flag in a couple different ways at one point to work
with the idea that first level help desk/ops whatever will go through
and delete everything they can find when they get disk full
notifications. Unfortunately my implementation was flawed and it just
left people confused as to why re-downloading didn’t trigger when there
This is why I also like a “creates” or “not_if File.exists?” or
"create_if_missing." It prevents chef run slowdowns when dealing with
For the record, I also strongly prefer packages and repos for static
software, but for those caught up in a less than optimal system,
sometimes it can’t be an immediate reality. Even then I prefer to take
the time and create a package and put it wherever I store static software.
Artifactory has an sha256 checksum plugin that you can use to
programmatically retrieve checksums to avoid downloading. I wonder if
we can get something like that for other places people are dumping
tarballs, like Nexus and Artifactory?
Sean OMeara wrote:
hrm… maybe we can dedicate a temp directory for ark?
Personally, I’d rather see the arks being downloaded and checksummed
with an extraction trigger than using a “if the directory exists” test
because its stronger.
The real solution to this is “use packages”
On Mon, May 20, 2013 at 8:52 PM, Mike <email@example.com
Trying ark 0.1.1 from master.
I can confirm that the behavior I was unhappy with seems to be
resolved, thanks Joshua & Sean!
This issue may predate the current state, but I found it nonetheless:
ark resource downloads source file despite being installed, probably
due to the temp dir being devoid of the file.
How do we prevent a download of something that's already been
Maybe use other attributes provided to determine if the
'package-version' is already there and not empty?
On Mon, May 20, 2013 at 12:56 PM, Joshua Timberman
<firstname.lastname@example.org <mailto:email@example.com>> wrote:
> Hi Mike,
> Can you try with the master branch of the ark cookbook git
repository? We've recently refactored it pretty heavily to use
inline resources in the provider.
> See COOK-2520 for more information.
> On May 20, 2013, at 6:16 AM, Mike <firstname.lastname@example.org
>> I've started looking at using ark to do the download, unzip,
>> configure, make, make install dance.
>> It seems like every time Chef runs, `make`, `make install` is
>> ark 'ghostscript' do
>> version '9.07'
>> action [:configure, :install_with_make]
>> From logs:
>> * ark[ghostscript] action install_with_makeRecipe: <Dynamically
>> Defined Resource>
>> * directory[/usr/local/ghostscript-9.07] action create (up to
>> * bash[build with make] action run
>> - execute "bash" "/tmp/chef-script20130520-15167-13q0blu"
>> * link[/usr/local/ghostscript] action create (up to date)
>> * bash[make install] action run
>> - execute "bash" "/tmp/chef-script20130520-15167-ys05zc"
>> Chef 11.4.4, Omnibus build, ark 0.1.0
>> Further evidenced by the timestamp on every binary added
getting a new
>> Is this just me? I hope not...