Chef Workstation 20.11.180 Released!

We are delighted to announce the availability of version 20.11.180 of Chef Workstation.



The fauxhai library is updated from 8.3.1 to 8.4.0 and includes new support for CentOS 7.8, RedHat 7.8, and openSUSE 15.2, as well as updates to existing platform data for Chef Infra Client 16.6.


The Cookstyle linting tool has been updated from 6.21.1 to 7.2.1, with new cops and a new cop naming format.

New Cop Naming Format

Cookstyle now ships with the RuboCop 1.x engine. This new release of RuboCop has enabled us to improve the naming scheme for Cookstyle cops. Previously all Cookstyle cops started with Chef and then included the description of what the department actually did such as ChefDeprecations, which was for deprecation cops. Cop names are now three parts instead of two, so ChefDeprecations/SomeCop becomes Chef/Deprecations/SomeCop. Why the change? Using this format makes it much easier to enable just the Chef specific cops in Cookstyle without having to list each individual department. Now you can run cookstyle --only Chef to see just Chef Infra related cops without the additional few hundred Ruby specific cops provided by RuboCop. Cookstyle will automatically migrate any comments to the new department names, but anything in your .rubocop.yml will need to be updated manually.

New Name Mapping

  • ChefCorrectness -> Chef/Correctness
  • ChefDeprecations -> Chef/Deprecations
  • ChefEffortless -> Chef/Effortless
  • ChefModernize -> Chef/Modernize
  • RedundantCode -> Chef/RedundantCode
  • ChefSharing -> Chef/Sharing
  • ChefStyle -> Chef/Style

New Cops


The Style/CollectionCompact cop detects code that removes nil values from Hashes or Arrays using a Ruby block when this can be done with the compact method instead.


Overly complex nil removals:

array.reject { |e| e.nil? } { |e| !e.nil? }

Simpler nil removal:


The Chef/Deprecations/FoodcriticTesting cop detects cookbooks with a Gemfile that requires Foodcritic or any code, such as a Rakefile/Guardfile, that requires the Foodcritic gem. Foodcritic is no longer supported and has been significantly eclipsed in functionality by Cookstyle. Any existing Rakefile or Guardfile tests for Foodcritic should be updated to use Cookstyle instead.

Enabled by default: True

Autocorrects: False


The Chef/Deprecations/LibrarianChefSpec cop detects ChefSpec tests that require the legacy chefspec/librarian library. Librarian Chef is no longer supported and users should migrate to Berkshelf or Policyfiles.

Enabled by default: True

Autocorrects: True

Chef InSpec

Chef InSpec is updated from 4.23.11 to 4.23.15. A bug fix included ensuring that waiver expiration data is always populated.


We've updated the release of chef-vault to 4.1. Chef Vault 4.1 properly handles escape strings in secrets and greatly improves performance for users with large numbers of secrets. Thanks for the performance work @Annih!

Kitchen Vagrant

The kitchen-vagrant plugin is updated from version 1.7.1 to 1.7.2 with a bug fix to no longer stop with an error when updating a Vagrant box that has not yet been downloaded.

Kitchen vCenter

The kitchen-vcenter plugin is updated from version 2.8.2 to 2.9.0, which includes support for Windows guest customization and improved support for nested datacenters.

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