Installing Chef and Berkshelf
This is part of my quest to sort out my website. Installing Chef and Berkshelf.
In order to avoid “server rot” – which appears to be a term I just coined – I’m going to avoid (as much as possible) manually building my web server. This means that I should use something such as chef or puppet to manage it instead.
I’m going to use chef, entirely because that’s what we use at Electric Imp, meaning that if I have any questions, I can ask our devops team.
To install chef, you could simply:
# DON'T DO THIS! sudo gem install chef
To manage chef’s “cookbooks”, I’m going to install berkshelf:
# DON'T DO THIS! sudo gem install berkshelf
sudo gem install is not very source-control-friendly. Instead, use
bundler, which we should install like this:
# DO DO THIS sudo gem install bundler
Then, create a
Gemfile containing the following:
source 'http://rubygems.org' gem 'chef' gem 'berkshelf'
And then run the following command:
sudo bundle install
Note that this installs the gems system-wide. If you want to manage different versions, then you should look at rvm.