Meeting notes for April 29, 2021

Below are the meeting notes for this week's Community Meeting, a text-based meeting held weekly in #community-meetings on our community slack, which you can join:


benny Vasquez shared

I’ve got a couple exciting things to share. one: On May 6th at 9am Pacific time our Product leaders will be sharing our roadmap plans in this webinar. While we’ll share all the stuff we’re planning, we’ll especially focus on the things our community will care about. Get registered here:

two: The “Shape up your infra” series has been getting great feedback, so I’ve added three more webinars to it! You can see the full list and find all the details on this page: @damacus will be up first in just a couple weeks talking about custom resources, and @Xorima and @Jonathan Pereira will be presenting, too! If you have questions or ideas, feel free to pass them on.

This week’s releases

Chef Automate

benny Vasquez shared

Automate 2 got an update this week with some more awesomeUX improvements:

Chef Infra Server

benny Vasquez shared

Exactly a week ago Chef Infra server 14 got a release to resolve a bunch of CVEs and resolve a few bugs.

Chef Infra Client

benny Vasquez shared

The big news this week was Chef Infra Client 17's promotion to stable: It’s a huge improvement over Chef 16, and is definitely worth taking a look. A GIANT thank you to all of the contributors there (I’m not even going to try to tag you all). If you’re curious about what’s included, @tas50 did a GREAT job covering a lot of it in the release & community celebration webinar yesterday. If you didn’t see it all, you can sign up to get the link here:

Chef Inspec

benny Vasquez shared

And yesterday Chef Inspec got a release with some great improvements and some important bug fixes:

tas50 added:

selinux support!

ssh creds from your .ssh/ config

pretty great release there

Other releases

tas50 shared

New Fedora 34 dokken image is up:


Chef Infra Client

tas50 shared

  • We shipped 17. That's pretty cool right?
  • Overall the launch went out super well. We do have a few bugs squashed so we may have a followup release early next week
  • We have some followup work on Compliance Phase that will kick off soon
  • Work integrating the client.pem into the Windows cert store is continuing
  • Also like I mentioned in that InSpec thread we have a new train release with support for using your .ssh config which is going to be pretty killer for target mode and chef-run which both utilize the same train engine

Chef Inspec

cwolfe shared

The Chef InSpec team is working on:

  • Released support for SElinux resource
  • Added a members_array property to the group and groups resources to give a more consistent result format
  • Working on aliasing the inspec compliance command to be inspec automate
  • Working on documenting the CI-CD system inspec uses

Chef Workstation

Nikhil Gupta shared

Workstation team has worked on

  • macOS builds were failing when ruby gets updated to 2.7.3
  • Building GO knowledge to work on the upcoming GO features and test cases.

Currently working on
CLI issues:

  • Remove the ‘--workflow’ flag in ‘chef generate cookbook’
  • Remove the ‘chef generate build-cookbook’ command

Workstation app issues in progress

  • A JavaScript error occurred in the main process while opening workstation app when the default profile is missing in the knife config
  • Workstation crashes hard if the installation in /opt is removed

Sous Chefs

ramereth shared

Hello from Sous Chefs!

Here's the list of new releases in the past week:

  • haproxy - 10.0.0: Various refactoring related to the service and configuration resources
  • haproxy - 10.0.1: Add missing configuration file properties to all resources
  • php - 8.1.0: Add ability to use community repositories to install newer versions of PHP
  • seven_zip - 4.0.0: Remove dependency on the deprecated Windows cookbook, require >= Chef 16, removed default recipe, and other various enhancements and fixes

We likely have a lot of cookbooks that will need updating for Chef 17 so please be patient with us as we work through those updates.We have created a board on Github to track issues and pull requests during our weekly meeting.All Sous Chefs members should be able to add cards there and any member can move something there for users who can't.

damacus shared

We’re aware that there may be a number of cookbooks that have been affected by the seven_zip release.
Namely the ark cookbook.
Lookout for a freshened up release for that one in the next week or so

Cinc Updates

ramereth shared

Hello from the Cinc Project!

Cinc Client:

  • Released 17.0.242

Cinc Server:

  • Released 14.3.14

Cinc Auditor:

  • Will be releasing 4.36.4 soon once we work around an issue with an omnibus bug

Other Updates:

  • We're looking to change the time of our bi-weekly public triage meeting (which will happen next week. Please fill out this doodle poll so we can find the best time for all interested.
  • So far the best option seems to be Wednesdays at 9AM PDT.

See you next week!

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