Chef Cookbook: Rsyslog YUM Repository
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yum-rsyslog Cookbook

The yum-rsyslog cookbook takes over management of the default repositoryids that ship with CentOS systems. It allows attribute manipulation of rsyslog, rsyslog-devel



  • RHEL/CentOS and derivatives


  • Chef 11+


  • yum version 3.2.0 or higher
  • yum-epel


The following attributes are set by default

default['yum']['rsyslog']['repositoryid'] = 'rsyslog'
default['yum']['rsyslog']['enabled'] = true
default['yum']['rsyslog']['managed'] = true
default['yum']['rsyslog']['gpgkey'] = ''
default['yum']['rsyslog']['gpgcheck'] = true
default['yum']['rsyslog']['release_repo'] = 8
default['yum']['rsyslog']['description'] = 'Adiscon Rsyslog v8-stable for CentOS-$releasever-$basearch'
default['yum']['rsyslog']['baseurl'] = '$releasever/$basearch'
default['yum']['rsyslog-devel']['repositoryid'] = 'rsyslog-devel'
default['yum']['rsyslog-devel']['enabled'] = false
default['yum']['rsyslog-devel']['managed'] = false
default['yum']['rsyslog-devel']['gpgkey'] = ''
default['yum']['rsyslog-devel']['gpgcheck'] = true
default['yum']['rsyslog-devel']['release_repo'] = 8
default['yum']['rsyslog-devel']['description'] = 'Adiscon Rsyslog v8-stable for CentOS-$releasever-$basearch'
default['yum']['rsyslog-devel']['baseurl'] = '$releasever/$basearch'


  • default - Walks through node attributes and feeds a yum_resource
  • parameters. The following is an example a resource generated by the
  • recipe during compilation.
  yum_repository 'rsyslog' do
    baseurl '$releasever/$basearch'
    description 'Adiscon Rsyslog v8-stable for CentOS-$releasever-$basearch'
    enabled true
    gpgcheck true
    gpgkey ''

Usage Example

To disable the rsyslog repository through a Role or Environment definition

  'yum' => {
    'rsyslog' => {
      'enabled' => false

Uncommonly used repositoryids are not managed by default. This is speeds up integration testing pipelines by avoiding yum-cache builds that nobody cares about. To enable the rsyslog-devel repository with a wrapper cookbook, place the following in a recipe:

node.default['yum']['rsyslog-devel']['managed'] = true
node.default['yum']['rsyslog-devel']['enabled'] = true
include_recipe 'yum-rsyslog'

More Examples

Point the base and debuginfo repositories at an internally hosted server.

node.default['yum']['rsyslog']['enabled'] = true
node.default['yum']['rsyslog']['baseurl'] = ''
node.default['yum']['rsyslog']['sslverify'] = false
node.default['yum']['rsyslog-devel']['enabled'] = true
node.default['yum']['rsyslog-devel']['baseurl'] = ''
node.default['yum']['rsyslog-devel']['sslverify'] = false

include_recipe 'yum-rsyslog'

License & Authors

Author: Eric Renfro (

Copyright: 2016,

Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License");
you may not use this file except in compliance with the License.
You may obtain a copy of the License at

Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing, software
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See the License for the specific language governing permissions and
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