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Selecting Chef Servers With Environment Variables

Today I got playing around with dynamically selecting different chef servers in preparation for migrating some of our nodes away from our chef-dev server to our chef-live server (which I’m currently in the process of building and populating with data). I had been talking in the #chef IRC channel a few weeks back about making things dynamic, or at least easily switchable, when using multiple chef servers for different groups of servers in an environment.

What I want to do, is be able to set an environment variable at my console in order to switch between chef servers. Previously I had been doing this with different files in my ~/.chef/ directory and changing symlinks between the files. This method works, but is kind of annoying. So with the help of some of the folks in #chef, and with this gist of a sample file that someone is using for their hosted chef environment, I was able to build my own knife.rb and commit it to our chef.git repository.

In our chef.git repository, I created a directory .chef and placed a knife.rb file in it:

$ cd ~/src/chef-repo
$ mkdir .chef
$ touch .chef/knife.rb

I then filled knife.rb with the following contents:

current_dir = File.dirname(__FILE__)

sys_user = ENV["USER"]

log_level                :info
log_location             STDOUT
node_name                sys_user
client_key               "#{ENV["HOME"]}/.chef/#{ENV["KNIFE_ENV"]}/#{ENV["USER"]}.pem"
validation_client_name   "chef-validator"
validation_key           "#{ENV["HOME"]}/.chef/#{ENV["KNIFE_ENV"]}/validator.pem"
chef_server_url          "http://chef-#{ENV["KNIFE_ENV"]}"
cache_type               'BasicFile'
cache_options( :path => "#{ENV['HOME']}/.chef/checksums" )
cookbook_path            [ "#{current_dir}/../cookbooks", "#{current_dir}/../site-cookbooks" ]

The main key is the KNIFE_ENV environment variable which I set using: export KNIFE_ENV=dev or export KNIFE_ENV=live

After setting the environment variable, which server I’m using is selected for me. Additionally, I copied my validation.pem and client.pem files into corresponding directories in my ~/.chef/ directory: $ mkdir ~/.chef/{live,dev}

With all that done, I can now easily switch between our different servers in order to start the migration of our nodes. (I might create another blog post about that in the future if I get a chance.)

“BUT HOW DO I KNOW WHICH ENVIRONMENT I’M WORKING WITH?!?!?!”, you say? Oh fancy this little PS1 and function I added to my ~/.bashrc file:

if [ "$KNIFE_ENV" == "" ]; then
 export KNIFE_ENV="dev"

function which_env {
  if [ "$KNIFE_ENV" == "live" ]; then
    echo "31"
    echo "32"

export PS1='[\u@\h \[\033[0;36m\]\W$(__git_ps1 "\[\033[0m\]\[\033[0;33m\](%s) \[\033[0;`which_env`m\]~$KNIFE_ENV~")\[\033[0m\]]\$ '

Is nice đŸ™‚

Written by Leif Madsen

2012/08/22 at 1:49 pm

Posted in DevOps

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.bashrc trick for git repo and branch information

The other day I was talking to my friend Russell Bryant who pointed me to some .bashrc magic that would show me which branch I was currently working with inside a git repo on my system. I found it incredibly handy and have modified the ANSI colour coding slightly.

export PS1='[\u@\h \[33[0;36m\]\W$(__git_ps1 "\[33[0m\]\[33[0;33m\](%s)")\[33[0m\]]\$ '

On Fedora Russell mentioned that you need the bash-completion installed. We’re unsure if you need anything on other distributions.

Edit: January 6, 2012
As I’m using my laptop today, I modified the .bashrc file on Ubuntu 10.04, and here is the PS1 code I came up with. It’s nearly the same, but I’m using bold today instead of the unbolded colours of lore.

PS1='${debian_chroot:+($debian_chroot)}\[\033[28;01m\]\u@\h\[\033[00m\]:\[\033[1;36m\]\W$(__git_ps1 "\[\033[00m\]\[\033[1;33m\](%s)")\[\033[00m\]\$ '

Written by Leif Madsen

2011/12/22 at 9:39 am

Posted in Technology, Useful Tools

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