Cookstyle 6.3.4 released with 2 new Chef cops!

Hey everyone,

It's time for this week's release of Cookstyle. The new release comes with 2 new cops and an update to the RuboCop engine to resolve several bugs we discovered while testing Cookstyle against Supermarket cookbooks.


The ChefModernize/RespondToCompileTime cop detects gating usage of the compile_time property in the chef_gem resource with if respond_to?(:compile_time). The compile_time property was added in Chef Infra Client 12.1 and can safely be used without checking first.

Enabled by default: True

Autocorrects: Yes


The ChefDeprecations/DeprecatedShelloutMethods cop detects deprecated shell_out helper methods that were removed in Chef Infra Client 15. These helpers were not widely used and were never publicly documented, but they are still occasionally found in cookbooks.

Enabled by default: True

Autocorrects: No

RuboCop 0.82

The RuboCop engine that powers Cookstyle has been updated from 0.81.0 to 0.82.0. This update includes several important bug fixes that impacted cookbooks.

Other Changes

  • The ChefModernize/RespondToProvides cop now detects additional ways of gating the usage of the provides method in resources.
  • The TargetRubyVersion configuration has been set back to Ruby 2.4 as support for Ruby 2.3 has been removed from RuboCop.