How install a embedded gem to be used by chef-client

Hi partners,

I am try to use the chef-email-reporter gem. In the documentation says:

Install the chef-email-reporter gem on the node:
/opt/chef/embedded/bin/gem install chef-email-reporter

but I am working on nodes with Windows 7 OS. Then, I use gem install chef-email-reporter and this need the Development Kit which I install following the instructions in

To use chef-email-reporter I have to put code like this in the client.rb file:

gem     "chef-email-reporter"
require "chef-email-reporter"

Mail.defaults do
  delivery_method :smtp, address: ''

email_sender    ""
email_recipient ""

and run chef-client, obviously, the gem is installed already. However, I get this error:

FATAL: Configuration error Gem::MissingSpecError: Could not find 'chef-email-reporter' (>= 0) among 106 total gem(s) Checked in 'GEM_PATH=C:/Users/P465-B91/.gem/ruby/2.1.0;C:/opscode/chef/embedded/lib/ruby/gems/2.1.0', execute `gem env` for more information
FATAL:   C:/chef/client.rb:10:in `from_string'
FATAL: Aborting due to error in 'C:/chef/client.rb'

I think that need execute this instruction (how documentation says):
/opt/chef/embedded/bin/gem install chef-email-reporter
but in windows is in other way that I do not know

The gem env run:
RubyGems Environment:

  • RUBY VERSION: 2.3.1 (2016-04-26 patchlevel 112) [i386-mingw32]
  • INSTALLATION DIRECTORY: C:/Ruby23/lib/ruby/gems/2.3.0
  • USER INSTALLATION DIRECTORY: C:/Users/P465-B91/.gem/ruby/2.3.0
  • RUBY EXECUTABLE: C:/Ruby23/bin/ruby.exe
  • SPEC CACHE DIRECTORY: C:/Users/P465-B91/.gem/specs
    • ruby
    • x86-mingw32
    • C:/Ruby23/lib/ruby/gems/2.3.0
    • C:/Users/P465-B91/.gem/ruby/2.3.0
    • :update_sources => true
    • :verbose => true
    • :backtrace => false
    • :bulk_threshold => 1000
    • C:\Windows\system32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\
    • C:\Windows\system32
    • C:\Windows
    • C:\Windows\System32\Wbem
    • C:\Windows\System32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\
    • C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\Client SDK\ODBC\110\Tools\Binn\
    • C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\120\Tools\Binn\
    • C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\120\DTS\Binn\
    • C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\120\Tools\Binn\ManagementStudio\
    • C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.7.0_79\bin
    • C:\Program Files\EPSON\OPOS for .NET\Lib
    • C:\Program Files\OPOS\Epson2
    • C:\opscode\chef\bin\
    • C:\Ruby23\bin

Any help, thanks.

Looks like you have two rubies on your path. So you are installing it into the first non chef ruby and then the ruby embedded in chef is missing it.

Calling gem install from the absolute path of the chef ruby would indeed fix this. The windows equivilent of /opt/chef/embedded/bin/gem is c:\opscode\chef\embedded\bin\gem.bat

Thanks for your answer @Matt_Wrock, then I must run c:\opscode\chef\embedded\bin\gem.bat install chef-email-reporter ?

yes. That should work.

Thanks, I try it.

@Matt_Wrock, I get this error
PS C:\Windows\system32> c:\opscode\chef\embedded\bin\gem.bat install chef-email-reporter
Fetching: win32-process-0.7.3.gem (100%)
Successfully installed win32-process-0.7.3
Fetching: win32-api-1.5.1-universal-mingw32.gem (100%)
Successfully installed win32-api-1.5.1-universal-mingw32
Fetching: windows-api-0.4.2.gem (100%)
Successfully installed windows-api-0.4.2
Fetching: windows-pr-1.2.2.gem (100%)
Successfully installed windows-pr-1.2.2
Fetching: mixlib-shellout-1.6.1-x86-mingw32.gem (100%)
Successfully installed mixlib-shellout-1.6.1-x86-mingw32
Fetching: mime-types-1.25.1.gem (100%)
Successfully installed mime-types-1.25.1
Fetching: ffi-yajl-1.4.0.gem (100%)
Temporarily enhancing PATH to include DevKit…
Building native extensions. This could take a while…
ERROR: Error installing chef-email-reporter:
ERROR: Failed to build gem native extension.

    current directory: C:/opscode/chef/embedded/lib/ruby/gems/2.1.0/gems/ffi-yajl-1.4.0/ext/ffi_yajl/ext/encoder
C:/opscode/chef/embedded/bin/ruby.exe -r ./siteconf20160809-188-1c8ctpn.rb extconf.rb
 -IC:/opscode/chef/embedded/lib/ruby/gems/2.1.0/gems/libyajl2-1.2.0/lib/libyajl2/vendored-libyajl2/include -IC:/opscode/
chef/embedded/include -O3 -march=i686 -DFD_SETSIZE=2048
 -LC:/opscode/chef/embedded/lib/ruby/gems/2.1.0/gems/libyajl2-1.2.0/lib/libyajl2/vendored-libyajl2/lib -L. -LC:/opscode/
creating Makefile

current directory: C:/opscode/chef/embedded/lib/ruby/gems/2.1.0/gems/ffi-yajl-1.4.0/ext/ffi_yajl/ext/encoder
make "DESTDIR=" clean

current directory: C:/opscode/chef/embedded/lib/ruby/gems/2.1.0/gems/ffi-yajl-1.4.0/ext/ffi_yajl/ext/encoder
make "DESTDIR="
generating encoder-i386-mingw32.def
compiling encoder.c
In file included from c:/opscode/chef/embedded/include/ruby-2.1.0/ruby/defines.h:217:0,
                 from c:/opscode/chef/embedded/include/ruby-2.1.0/ruby/ruby.h:29,
                 from c:/opscode/chef/embedded/include/ruby-2.1.0/ruby.h:33,
                 from encoder.c:1:
c:/opscode/chef/embedded/include/ruby-2.1.0/ruby/win32.h:320:44: warning: 'struct timespec' declared inside parameter li
c:/opscode/chef/embedded/include/ruby-2.1.0/ruby/win32.h:320:44: warning: its scope is only this definition or declarati
on, which is probably not what you want
c:/opscode/chef/embedded/include/ruby-2.1.0/ruby/win32.h:321:43: warning: 'struct timespec' declared inside parameter li
linking shared-object ffi_yajl/ext/
c:/opscode/chef/embedded/mingw/bin/../lib/gcc/mingw32/4.5.2/../../../../mingw32/bin/ld.exe: cannot find -lyajldll
collect2: ld returned 1 exit status
make: *** [] Error 1

make failed, exit code 2

Gem files will remain installed in C:/opscode/chef/embedded/lib/ruby/gems/2.1.0/gems/ffi-yajl-1.4.0 for inspection.
Results logged to C:/opscode/chef/embedded/lib/ruby/gems/2.1.0/extensions/x86-mingw32/2.1.0/ffi-yajl-1.4.0/gem_make.out

Any help ?

Apologies for the delayed response. I have seen these ffi-yajl compilation errors on windows myself. I believe it has to do with the way we build chef and I am looking to ensure future versions don’t run into this.

In the meantime I believe you can get “unstuck” by installing the libyajl2 gem and then retrying your original gem install.

Hi @Matt_Wrock, I try to install libyajl2 but it harm the chef-client. I hope you can solve the issues.