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geminabox-ng (2) Versions 0.1.1

Installs/Configures geminabox-ng

cookbook 'geminabox-ng', '~> 0.1.1', :supermarket
cookbook 'geminabox-ng', '~> 0.1.1'
knife supermarket install geminabox-ng
knife supermarket download geminabox-ng
Quality 33%

geminabox-ng: Gem in a Box Cookbook

Build Status Maintainability Dependency Status

Opinionated Cookbook to install and Configure Gem in a Box

Largely inspired by previous versions:

And modernized, using ruby_rbenv and poise-service



  • poise-service - for cross platform service script creation.
  • ruby_rbenv - for Ruby binary installation and gem installation.


These are installed by the cookbook for the function of the application.


The following platforms have been tested with test kitchen.

  • CentOS 6+
  • Ubuntu 14.04


  • 12.7+


This cookbook is designed to provide Gem in a Box out of the box with no or minimal customization. However, there are a number of optional settings that can be tuned. Refer to the Default Attributes file for a full listing of available tunable attributes. The most interesting attributes outlined below.

Geminabox User

  • node['geminabox-ng']['user']['name'] - The username the geminabox process will run as. Defaults to geminabox
  • node['geminabox-ng']['name']['home_dir'] - Home Directory ofnode['geminabox-ng']['name']user. Defaults to/opt/geminabox`, full path required.

Geminabox Server Config

The following config options are offered for customization, in most cases the default is the most sane. Refer to the Gem in a Box page for information on options.

  • node['geminabox-ng-']['config']['build_legacy'] = false
  • node['geminabox-ng-']['config']['rubygems_proxy'] = true
  • node['geminabox-ng-']['config']['allow_remote_failure'] = true

Ruby Version,

  • node['geminabox-ng-']['ruby_verison'] - version of Ruby to install. Defaults to 2.4.2

Unicorn Server

Unicorn runs as middleware between Nginx and the Ruby appliation.

  • node['geminabox-ng-']['unicorn']['worker_processes'] - Number of worker processes. Default to 4.
  • node['geminabox-ng-']['unicorn']['port'] - port Unicorn should listen on.

Nginx Server

Uhh.... none right now... Port is 8000 and it listens for unicorn on 8080... (so even though you can set node['geminabox-ng-']['unicorn']['port'] it doesn't do anything yet... see the TODO

Run List

By default, this cookbook runs all recipes if the default recipe is included. This is managed via the node['geminabox-ng']['run_list'] attribute. Instead of including or excluding recipes from your node run list, you can disable specific recipes by setting them to false. e.g. the following will disable user creation/mangement:

node['geminabox-ng']['run_list']['user'] = false

Please refer to Recipes in the Usage section below for a full list of recipe names.


include recipe[geminabox-ng::default] in your run list or policy file.

This cookbook is designed to be an out-of-the-box Gem in a Box. Additional work is required on the Nginx config to enable SSL, sockets, and simple auth... however, it should work for most simple use cases.


This Cookbook performs a number of different tasks which have been isolated into their own recipes. The intention is that any one of these tasks can be overridden in a parent "wrapper" cookbook, e.g.: you already have a process for creating users so you chose not to use the users cookbook. In such cases, node attributes (such as node['geminabox-ng']['user']['name']) will still need to be set.

The following recipes are provided:

  • user - Creates user and home directory as determined by node['geminabox-ng']['user'] attributes.
  • ruby - Leverages ruby_rbenv to install rbenv and ruby
  • server - The main recipe in the cookbook. Installs the needed gems geminabox, unicorn, sets up unicorn config, and creates and starts appropriate init/upstart/systemd script for your system to start geminabox service.
  • proxy - Installs and configures reverse proxy for Unicorn service. Requires further work... not currently very configurable.


  • Source hosted at [GitHub][repo]
  • Report issues/Questions/Feature requests on [GitHub Issues][issues]

Pull requests are very welcome! Make sure your patches are well tested.


This cookbook comes with a full suite of ChefSpec and InSpec tests. All patches must pass existing tests. Additional tests required for new features. To run tests use kitchen test


  • Get travis to work...
  • Update Nginx template to be confiurable
  • Update Nginx template to handle ssl

License and Author

Copyright 2017, qubitrenegade

Dependent cookbooks

ruby_rbenv >= 0.0.0
poise-service >= 0.0.0

Contingent cookbooks

There are no cookbooks that are contingent upon this one.

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