We are delighted to announce the availability of version 20.8.111 of Chef Workstation.
.chef Home Directory
The first time you execute the
chef command, it checks for the presence of the
~/.chef directory. If it does not exist,
chef creates it. Some tools included in Chef Workstation raise an error if that directory does not exist, so we are attempting to add more safeguards to ensure that it does.
Habitat Version Reporting
chef -v output has been updated to display the included Habitat version. We also updated the Chef Workstation App to include the Habitat version on the 'About' page.
Chef Infra Client
Chef Infra Client has been updated from 16.2.73 to 16.3.45.
We took a hard look at many of the terms we've historically used throughout the Chef Infra Client configuration sub-system and came to the realization that we weren't living up to the words of our Community Code of Conduct. From the code of conduct: "Be careful in the words that you choose. Be kind to others. Practice empathy". Terms such as blacklist and sanity don't meet that bar so we've chosen to rename these configuration options:
Existing configuration options will continue to function for now, but will raise a deprecation warning and will be removed entirely from a future release of Chef Infra Client.
This release includes the new
windows_firewall_profile resource and updates eight existing resources. It also includes improvements to
knife. See the release notes for full details!
This update resolves failures from negotiating protocol versions with the Chef Infra Server. It also improves log output on Windows systems in the
hostname resource and adds support to the
archive_file resource for pzstd compressed files.
- Ctrl-C can now be used to exit knife even when being prompted for input.
knife bootstrapwill now properly error if attempting to bootstrap an AIX system using an account with an expired password.
knife profilecommands will no longer error if an invalid profile was previously set.
knife cookbook uploadcan now be used on Windows systems.
knife sshnow once again accepts legacy DSS host keys although we highly recommend upgrading to a more secure key algorithm if possible.
- Several changes were made to knife to that may prevent intermittent failures running cookbook commands
Cookstyle has been updated from 6.12.6 to 6.14.7. This release includes seven new cops, including ones to modernize resource writing and clean up
InSpec has been updated from 4.21.3 to 4.22.1. This release includes the following improvements:
=character is now allowed for command line inputs.
apt-cdromrepositories are now skipped when parsing out the list of apt repositories.
- Faulty profiles are now reported instead of causing a crash.
- Errors are no longer logged to stdout with the
- macOS Big Sur is now correctly identified as macOS.
knife-opc has been updated from 0.4.4 to 0.4.6. This release fixes hydrate errors raised when running
knife opc user edit USERNAME.
Test Kitchen has been updated from 2.5.3 to 2.5.4. This update rolls back a change we introduced around fixing
root_path usage. We are going to take another stab at fixing this and will include that in the next version of Chef Workstation.
kitchen-vcenter has been updated from 2.7.0 to 2.7.8. This release adds the ability to customize the guest OS as well as supporting data centers stored in folders. It also updates the vSphere interface gem (
rbvmomi) to the latest major release.
Get the Build
If you are running the Chef Workstation toolbar application you can download this version from the menu after the app next update check. You can also download binaries directly from downloads.chef.io.
As always, we welcome your feedback and invite you to contact us directly or share your email. Thanks for using Chef Workstation!