data bags
Accessing Chef Databag Items from within attributes
· โ˜• 1 min read · โœ๏ธ Sathya
In Chef parlance, databags are global variables saved in JSON format and are stored and accessible on the Chef server. Given that these are indexed and can be searched up along with the fact that they can be encrypted make them ideal candidates to store secrets such as credentials/ssh keys. Chef provides an easy way to search and fetchย databag and databag items from within a recipe: For ex to fetch a databag called admins, it’s as easy as:

Chef Zero, Cookbooks and Data Bags locations
· โ˜• 2 min read · โœ๏ธ Sathya

I like chef-zero a lot. There’s so much overlap between chef’s products: chef-zero, chef-solo, chef-apply - yes, each have their own uses, but I digress. Chef-zero has been relatively pain-free for me - except when I tried to get it running - trying to figure out why it wasn’t fetching the cookbooks was so annoying! I went and RTFM couple of times, no dice. Then I decided to not skim read and read the entire thing.