Meeting notes for September 2nd, 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

It’s time for this week’s installment of this lovely meeting where we all get to learn stuff together.

Up first I would be remiss if I didn’t remind everyone that #ChefConf is NEXT WEEK! We’re wrapping up all the bows, dotting the i’s, crossing all the t’s, and getting everything set just right. If you haven’t yet, go register so you get access to all the amazing talks from all your favorite people: The DevOps Conference of the Year | ChefConf '21: Online | Chef

related to that, since ChefConf is next week, we’ll be skipping this meeting next week. Instead we’ll be launching our 6 week hackathon! Details should be forthcoming later today, but a sneak peak: first prize is $15k.

One last thing before we jump into releases: We’ve pushed out the community product webinar a bit more than our normal 6 week to September 23rd (because otherwise it’d be next week), but you can sign up here: Product Roadmap Community Updates - September - Webinar | Chef

This week’s releases

Chef Automate

benny Vasquez shared

Automate2 got a bunch of new features in the 20210824134201 release, and some bug fixes too. Automate 2 version 20210824134201 Released! That team is absolutely THROWING new stuff out the door, so definitely take a look there.

Chef Infra Client

benny Vasquez shared

Infra Client 17 got a release here: Chef Infra Client 17.4.38 Released! I won’t steal @tas50 ’s thunder this time, and I’ll let him tell you all about it.

Chef Inspec

benny Vasquez shared

And InSpec got a release with some super exciting stuff that I’m sure @cwolfe will cover when we get there. Chef InSpec 4.41.20 Released!


Chef Habitat

benny Vasquez shared

@mwrockx is out this morning, so I’ve got the Hab update for you!

Here is the habitat update:

  • working of automating core-plans version bumps
  • uploaded refreshed core-plans to a staging chanel and finalizing validation
  • Spiking on a neo4j build order calculation
  • NATS library overhaul
  • Looking into mac m1 support for cli

Chef Infra Client

tas50 shared

Last week we shipped Infra Client 17.4.38 to resolve a regression that caused failures in some very old crusty HWRP style resources. This update also shipped better AWS EC2 metadata support, some minor log improvements, security updates to openssl and libarchive and better archive support in the archive_file resource Chef Infra Client 17.4.38 Released!

The team managed to merge improvements to knife-windows to allow storing the client key in the windows cert store and we merged hashi vault support for the secrets helper

This week we're working on hashi vault support using token auth, akeyless secrets support, and updates to the compliance phase

Chef Inspec

cwolfe shared

The Chef InSpec team has been working on:

  • Integrating cookstyle with inspec check
  • Fixing tag parsing, a regression introduced with the --tags option
  • Fixing handling of git repos whose default branch has been renamed from master
  • Fix for security_policy when returning a string of local groups
  • We made a release!

Chef Workstation

Vikram Karve shared

Hi All! Here are the updates from Workstation team

Ready-for-release - (we are working to release either this week or early next week)

  • Solaris support in chef-run
  • Updated Cookstyle with 17 new cops & improved performance
  • Numerous InSpec fixes
  • Optimised chef -v Go implementation is merged to main, speeding up runtime by 10x & more
  • Workstation app, kitchen-vagrant plugin fixes and updates


  • POC on integration test for Go implementation changes
  • Addressing review comments in Cobra framework adoption
  • Looking into few customer issues & bugs
  • Adding splash screen to workstation app

Sous Chefs

ramereth shared

Hello from Sous Chefs!

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

  • apache2 - 8.14.0
    • Add envvars_additional_params property to install resource
  • aptly - 3.0.0
    • Set unified_mode to true for Chef 17 support
    • Set minimum Chef version to 15.3 for unified_mode
  • aws - 9.0.0
    • Various Cookstyle fixes
    • Require Chef 15.3+ for unified mode
  • consul - 4.6.0
    • Exclude Chef Infra Client >= 17.0 until Poise support has been removed
    • Cookstyle fixes & Standardise files
  • consul - 4.7.0
    • Added enable_additional_node_meta_txt attributes
  • dhcp - 8.1.0
    • Standardise files with files in sous-chefs/repo-management
  • dnsmasq - 1.1.0
    • Standardise the tested platforms
  • docker - 8.2.0
    • Ensure docker_container :health_check is idempotent
  • docker - 8.2.1
    • Ensure docker_container :user is idempotent
  • docker - 8.2.2
    • Use new action_class instead of declare_action_class.class_eval for helper methods in resources
  • iis - 7.6.0
    • Various cookstyle fixes
  • java - 10.0.0
    • Remove recipes to stop confusing users
  • jenkins - 9.2.0
    • Include yum-epel cookbook on RHEL platforms for new daemonize package dependency
    • Add new update_center_sleep attribute to set the time to wait for updates to quiesce in Jenkins
  • jenkins - 9.2.1
    • Standardise files & various Cookstyle fixes
  • jenkins - 9.3.0
    • Add jnlp_options for Windows agents
  • nodejs - 8.0.0
    • Update metadata and README to Sous Chef
    • Enable unified_mode by default and require at least Chef Infra Client 15.3
    • Cookstyle fixes
  • users - 8.1.0
    • Add system property to users_manage resource
    • Add system property to user json test data
  • yum - 7.1.0
    • Add support for DNF (Yum v4) property install_weak_deps

We also did a lot of patch releases that only updated some standard files for all the cookbooks

We also recently adopted the following cookbooks which will soon get some additional love:

  • apparmor
  • bind
  • github
  • msys2

Cinc Updates

ramereth shared

Hello from the Cinc Project!

Cinc Client

  • Released 17.4.38

Cinc Auditor

  • Released 4.41.20

Other updates

@tas50 also mentioned last week that there were some cookbooks getting deprecated (including the Habitat, chef-vault, audit, and chef-client cookbooks), and it’s going to be super important that y’all take a look at what you need to do in response to that: Newly deprecated Chef managed cookbooks

@tas50 Also I wanted to give a heads up that Test Kitchen is going to move from master branches to main branches in 2 weeks to align with other Chef projects. There should be zero impact here to anyone consuming those projects and to outstanding PRs.

See you next week!

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