Meeting notes for June 4th, 2020

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:


bennyVasquez shared

The devrel team was head-down for two giant things this week:

  • new Learn Chef is here! Any modules that were out of date weren’t transferred, and the team will be working on updating those modules and adding them to the new site. Take a look!
  • ChefConf has ended, but the content is IMMEDIATELY available for viewing on the site: . Take a look, and thanks again to all of our amazing community members that contributed content.

This week’s releases

Chef Automate

bennyVasquez shared

Automate version 20200529133631 was released this week, and includes a UX improvement for those of us that like to use our keyboard to navigate along with a couple of fixes for annoying bugs.

Chef Inspec

bennyVasquez shared

Inspec 4.19.0 was released last week, which includes support for writing your own Chef InSpec Reporter plugin.

Inspec 4.19.2 was released today, too!

Chef Workstation

bennyVasquez shared

Workstation 20.6.62 was released last week, too! This release is a pretty massive update.

  • this is the first of the new date-based versioning system.
  • if you haven’t taken a look at the Upgrade Lab yet, you definitely should
  • I also want to call attention to this breaking change: chef-sugar removal

It also includes 8 updated component and a rake update (12.3.2 to 13.0.1). I know we keep saying it, but if you haven’t yet, it’s time to move from ChefDK to Workstation, it’s certainly time!

Other releases

bennyVasquez shared

There’s a new opensuse-leap-15 bento box up for use with Test Kitchen in Virtualbox.

cookstyle 6.7 was released, with two new cops, and a rubocop upgrade (from 0.83 to 0.85).


Chef Automate

Alex Pop shared

  • We merged a change to show the results of a waived Compliance control in the UI.
  • Included waived Compliance control status, justification, and exp date on csv export.
  • We increased the text size of a few labels that were under 11px.
  • We made an accessibility review of the UI and updated the sign-in pages.
  • Improved the docs on how to update the default arguments for the Automate services.
  • Added desktop visualization of the check-in history of individual desktop.
  • Added new fields to the run history CSV and JSON exports.
  • Updated and added new compliance profiles.

Chef Habitat

sdmacfarlane shared

Greetings from the Habitat team. This week:

  • Investigating TLA to model and verify supervisor behavior
  • Improving insights into builder performance as we release new versions
  • Builder graph work continues, cycle detection on start up has improved from minutes to subsecond.

Chef Infra Server

prajakta shared

  • This week we have continued progress on sig_V4.
  • We are in the last phases of testing Chef Infra Server 14.0 build. It will be available on current shortly. This release switches from Solr to Elasticsearch for internal search. This will also be the release that ships with OpenJDK instead of Oracle JDK. Solr is still a part of the kit, but it not used. Please feel free to test this build in the test environment and let us know of any feedback. knife-ec-backup is one of the recommended tools for backing up chef-server data.

Chef Infra Client

lamont shared

there’s cookstyle rules coming to better fix the resource_name stuff for chef 16, along with archive_file fixes and i’m working on knife fixes to simplify them for chef-16

Chef Inspec

schwad shared

Hi from the InSpec team! Nick checking in for Stocksy this week

We were close last week but we have officially released InSpec 4.19! We also bumped to 4.19.2 today so have some additional features already kicked out

As your refresher from last week, 4.19 contains the following awesome features: The additional 4.19.2 release gives the following changes:

  • Packages for Amazon Linux are now available (x86_64 and aarch64 architectures)
  • aarch64 packages are now available for RedHat
  • Fixed a build issue related to FFI that stopped InSpec working on Windows

Thanks and have a great day!

Chef Workstation

tball shared

Morning! Our week was spent preparing the Workstation 20.6.62 release and attending ChefConf. We had some issues with the automatic home brew and chocolatey promotions that we are sorting out and should have those fixed by the next release. Otherwise we have been attending ChefConf and starting to discuss what we want to work on next

Sous Chefs

xorima shared

Hey everyone,

First off wasn't chef conf great?


Sous participated in the community keynote with @john and @Xorima so if you missed it do check it out
also last week we did a twitch stream with @chef_jody so check that out as well

Finally @damacus has been streaming on twitch a lot, so do check him out:


This week we have been on a bit of a releasing spree thanks to a new version of cookstyle from @tas50
the following cookbooks were released with fixes for ChefDeprecations/ResourceUsesOnlyResourceName:

  • line (2.8.1)
  • sc-chruby (0.1.1)
  • dpkg_autostart (0.3.1)
  • vagrant (2.0.2)
  • java (8.2.1)
  • apache2 (8.1.2)
  • appveyor-ci (0.2.1)
  • mysql (8.7.2)
  • consul (4.0.2)
    Other releases:
  • mariadb (4.0.1)

New Cookbooks:

We were just given the golang ( cookbook, so if you want to contribute to that please come help us out, it needs to move to custom resources so help would be appreciated!


We have kicked off the vote for the sous-chefs board of 2020, so drop your votes over here:

Voting will be up until the 12th with results announced the following thursday!


As always we have out community meeting up after this, so do join us in #sous-chefs (which turns into a more general chef community/products chat)

Which will be streamed this week! ( )

Cinc Updates

jgitlin shared

On the cinc-server side, @prajakta has reviewed my PR for the "wordmarks" dist.rb change (thanks!) and it looks like I broke some tests, so I am working on getting those fixed up.Oh, and I have so much content to watch now!

ramereth shared

Hello from the Cinc Project!

Hope everyone had a great time with ChefConf Online this week.

  • Cinc Auditor 4.19.0 was released, 4.19.2 will be released likely later today
  • We've updated our omnibus docker images to support aarch64. This gets us one step closer to providing aarch64 builds of Cinc Client
  • Work on building aarch64 Cinc Client images is underway. Currently working through a refactor of our GitLab CI configuration to make it easier to manage in the long run.
  • Cinc Workstation 20.6.62 was released via our unstable channel. NOTE: This is still not trademark compliant nor complete.
  • We've rebased @tarcinil workstation MR which builds the "chef" golang binary with Cinc trademarks and create a test build with it
  • I've started looking into adding Cinc dist vars to chef-cli and incorporating it into the same MR above so that we can have a proper "cinc" binary that doesn't ask about a license.

I think that's it from me but I'm sure there are other things.

Other updates

See you next week!

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