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Automation through Chef Opscode by Manak Wadhwa, Navin Sabharwal

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CHAPTER 7

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Cookbooks

This chapter covers different aspects related to cookbooks.

Cookbooks are the fundamental unit of configuration in chef. Cookbooks determine what gets deployed on the client.

Basics of Cookbooks

A cookbook is the basic unit of configuration and policy definition in chef. It defines a complete scenario for the deployment and configuration of an application.

As an example, a cookbook for Apache or Tomcat would provide all details to install and configure a fully configured Apache or Tomcat server.

A complete cookbook is one that contains all the components required to support the installation and configuration of an application ...

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