Friday, May 16, 2014

Provisioning Vagrant with Chef-Zero on Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty

I'm building a Vagrant instance for development and I want to use Chef to provision the machine.

I'm on Ubuntu Trusty 64. Running with the packaged versions of Vagrant and Ruby is a fool's errand. I used the Vagrant 1.5.4 package. Vagrant has an embedded Ruby which causes all kinds of grief cross-linking with stuff in the Ubuntu versions of the packages. I ended up removing them wholesale, but you may be ok if you be sure and always use the binaries from: /opt/vagrant/embedded/bin/

It took me almost a week to figure this out thanks to a lot of very unhelpful errors and red herrings. I figured I'd do a write-up and save you some suffering.
# Add the base vagrant box
vagrant box add ubuntu/trusty64

# Setup the vagrant instance
cd my-project
vagrant init ubuntu/trusty64

# Setup berkshelf and fix some path grief
env SSL_CERT_FILE=/opt/vagrant/embedded/cacert.pem /opt/vagrant/embedded/bin/berks
rm -rf ~/.berkshelf/default/cookbooks/
ln -s ~/.berkshelf/cookbooks/ ~/.berkshelf/default/cookbooks

# Get dependencies
sudo /opt/vagrant/embedded/bin/gem install bundler
vagrant plugin install vagrant-chef-zero
vagrant plugin install vagrant-berkshelf --plugin-version '>= 2.0.0'
Update your Vagrantfile:
config.berkshelf.enabled = true
config.chef_zero.enabled = true
config.chef_zero.environments = "./environments/"
config.chef_zero.data_bags = "./data_bags/"
config.chef_zero.roles = "./roles/"
config.chef_zero.cookbooks = "./cookbooks/"

config.vm.provision :chef_client do |chef|
  chef.run_list = [
    "role[base]" # Yours may be different
vagrant up