launchbox is a bundle cookbooks for use by chef-solo.
Launchbox supports transitive dependency resolution, chef version contraints and exclusions (for those misbehaved cookbooks that depend on more than they should).
launchbox will look for YAML files under the roles and mixins in the input directory (which defaults to ./src).
An example role will look like:
Think of mixins as partial roles for reusability. At run-time launchbox will apply all mixins in order and then override any values with the data in the role itself.
The cookbooks specified for a role will be downloaded from the specified web server or S3 bucket.
To use an S3 remote use launchbox --bucket your.bucket.name
In the case of an S3 remote launchbox will look for keys of the form cookbooks/< cookbook >/< version >/< cookbook >.tar.gz for the cookbook contents, and cookbooks/< cookbook >/< version >/< cookbook >.json for the metadata. For determining the available versions launchbox will list the bucket and find all available versions.
To use an HTTP(S) remote use lauchbox --url http://your/bucket/server
In the case of an HTTP(s) remote launchbox will download cookbook data from http://example.com/cookbooks/< cookbook >/< version >/< cookbook >.tar.gz, cookbook metadata from http://example.com/cookbooks/< cookbook >/< version >/< cookbook >.tar.gz and the list of available cookbook versions from http://example.com/cookbooks/< cookbook >/versions.json
After running launchbox the target folder will contain a JSON file with the role metadata and tar.gz containing all the necessary cookbooks for that role.
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