Meeting Notes for October 7, 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:


Kiah Tolliver shared

Thanks for joining, I hope everyone is having an amazingly productive week.

First thing’s first, if you aren’t tuning into @damacus and me on our livestream in YouTube and Twitch on Tuesday & Thursday mornings @ 9:30am EST, you’re not a cool kid. But it’s never too late to get on the right track!

Also, there are 18 days left to submit your project to our Automate for Good Hackathon! $60k in cash prizes, cool swag, honorable mentions can win an iPad Pro or a PS5. I'd do a project if I could. You can so you should!

This week’s releases

Chef Automate

benny Vasquez shared

Chef Habitat

benny Vasquez shared

Chef Infra Server

benny Vasquez shared

Chef Infra Client

benny Vasquez shared

Chef Infra Client released versions 16.16.7, 16.16.13, 17.6.15 & 17.6.18 read more about those using the respective links.

Chef Inspec

benny Vasquez shared

Chef InSpec AWS Cloud Resources released. Read more about that here.

Chef Workstation

benny Vasquez shared

Other releases

tas50 shared


Chef Automate

Kallol Roy shared

Hello community Things which Automate team worked on include:

  • Continue to improve Infra Server UI and fix bugs.
  • Data Feed: Minio integrations behind feature flag.
  • Compliance Upgrade to include RHEL 8 V1.0.0 fixed for removing extra escape characters and Apple Mac OS 11 Profile V1.2.0.
  • More progress has been made to bring A2HA components to Automate with the CLI capabilities to setup environments.
  • Security Improvements: Changes are made to mask user credentials in Data Feed debug logs.
  • Documentation: Automate documentation now includes Policy Groups in Infra Server, User Profiles.That’s all folks!!

Chef Habitat

mwrockx shared

Hello from Habitat!
This week's updates are:

  • Openssl 1.0.2 refresh

  • Addressing out of band refreshes

  • NATS library overhaul

  • Investigating builder bug not rendering all releases

  • Comprted habitat release pipeline fixes

  • Starting post refresh builder pipeline fixes

Chef Infra Client

tas50 shared

Hey everyone

Like @Kiah mentioned already we were busy with releases this last week

Fun times with Lets Encrypt, OpenSSL, and cacerts

We also have a few new things that are in the works:

  • Digging into libarchive FFI library loading issues
  • Merged a great improvement to the secrets helper for use with more complex Azure setups. Thanks @Jason Barnett
  • Working on cleanup of our win32-certstore gem
  • About to merge new FFI based approach to interacting with macOS APIs

Chef Infra Server

prajakta shared

Hello Awesome Chefs!As the release for 14.10 comes close, the server team is focussed on:

  • Continuing analysis to access Elasticsearch with no authentication from the Chef Server

  • Investigating very high cpu usage and associated 500 errors(

Chef CPU high usage and web server failing · Issue #2787 · chef/chef-server )

  • Addressing the issue with knife-ec-backup unable to take backups after upgrading to 14.9.3 (

knife-ec-backup unable to backup on upgrading to 14.9.23 · Issue #2835 · chef/chef-server )

  • Adding policy group list to the to the policy revision API; we are done with the code part of this, it needs some additional test related updates (

Policy Groups List in the policy revision API by vinay-satish · Pull Request #2818 · chef/chef-server ).Reviewing and Testing:

  • Upgrading to PostgreSQL 13.4

  • Fix PostgreSQL major version detection and use for binaries & data paths (

Fix PostgreSQL major version detection and use for binaries & data paths by apavely · Pull Request #2827 · chef/chef-server ). Thanks @apavely!

  • Almost ready to merge: Making display of x-ops-api-info a configurable. (

Adding a configurable to display x-ops-api-info by vinay-satish · Pull Request #2815 · chef/chef-server )Done:

  • Rename the private-chef cookbook to infra-server (

Rename the private-chef cookbook to infra-server by tas50 · Pull Request #2709 · chef/chef-server ) - This also sets us up to be able to review and merge the wordmarks change when ready.

  • [OC-ID]: User email verification functionality added (

[OC-ID]: User email verification functionality added by antima-gupta · Pull Request #2783 · chef/chef-server )

Chef Inspec

cwolfe shared

The Chef InSpec team has been working on:

  • Adding Windows support to the http resource
  • Making user and group resources match case insensitively on windows
  • Documentation updates to standardize property listings on resource docs
  • Updating unit tests to remove outdated OSes
  • Working on our roadmap for 2022

Chef Workstation

Vikram Karve shared

Hi All! Here are the updates from the Workstation team

1We released build 21.10.640, which includes the updates below 2- Packages support additional OSes i.e. Windows 2022, Windows 11, macOS 12, Debian 11 and Ubuntu 16.04 3- Chef Infra client with fix to the expired CA certificate and vulnerability fixes in OpenSSL 4- Chef Infra client that supports fetching secrets from HashiCorp Vault and AKeyless Vault 5- Updated Inspec and Cookstyle 6- Chef-vault updated to address a regression that broke \n handling 7- Test-kitchen updated to support certificate authentication in winrm transport 8- Splash screen added in Workstation app 9 10Work-in-progress 11- Go based changes in chef-cli are nearing completion, with tests now ready for merge 12- Some scripts in release pipeline being fixed - this will enable... 13 - Publishing packages to 3rd party pkg mgmt services namely homebrew and chocolatey 14 - Update changelog on stable release 15 - Post notifications in Discourse and Slack when a release is promoted to stable 16- Triaging/ fixing customer issues & bugs in knife, test-kitchen & workstation app 17- Prep work on moving chef env implementation to Go

Sous Chefs

ramereth shared

Hello from Sous Chefs!

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

  • haproxy - 12.2.2: README updates

  • java - 10.1.0:

  • Add Corretto 16

  • Default the Debian install method to package

  • Primarily support OpenJDK LTS versions 11, 17

  • Drop support for OpenJDK package installs for non-LTS versions

  • These packages are still possible to install though they will now default to a source install

  • Direct Amazon users to Amazon Corretto instead of installing OpenJDK

  • Drop package install support for Java 8

  • Most supported operating systems no longer support OpenJDK 8

  • To install OpenJDK 8, a source install from an internal mirror is now recommended

  • See the CHANGELOG for the additional fixes

  • percona - 3.1.0: Use dnf_module resource from yum cookbook instead of manually disabling module

  • sql_server - 7.1.0:

  • Adds parameter for tempdb data and log file initial size

  • Adds parameter for number of tempdb data files to create

  • Adds parameter for granting instant file initialization to Sql Server service account

  • yum-mysql-community - 5.1.0: Use dnf_module resource from yum cookbook instead of manually shelling out

Cinc Updates

ramereth shared

Hello from the Cinc Project!

Cinc Client

  • Released 17.6.18
  • Released 16.16.13

Cinc Auditor

  • Released 4.46.13

Cinc Workstation

  • Working on building 21.10.640

Other updates

See you next week!

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