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User Guide (API Version 2013-02-18)

Per-layer Operating System Package Installations

Starting with Chef 12, you must use custom recipes to install packages on layers that are running different operating systems. This approach provides you with maximum flexibility and control over package installations.

For example, suppose that you want to install Apache on layers that are running RedHat, Ubuntu, and Amazon versions of the Linux operating system. The Apache package for RedHat and Amazon Linux is called httpd, but on Ubuntu, it is called apache2.

To address the difference in package naming, you can use syntax similar to that in the following example recipe. The recipe installs the Apache package appropriate for each operating system. This example is based on the Chef documentation.

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package "Install Apache" do case node[:platform] when "redhat", "amazon" package_name "httpd" when "ubuntu" package_name "apache2" end end

For detailed information on how to use the package resource to manage packages, go to the package page in the Chef documentation.

Alternatively, you can use the value_for_platform helper method from the Chef Recipe DSL (domain-specific language), which accomplishes the same thing more succinctly:

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package "Install Apache" do package_name value_for_platform( ["redhat", "amazon"] => { "default" => "httpd" }, ["ubuntu"] => { "default" => "apache2" } ) end

For information on using the value_for_platform helper method, go to About the Recipe DSL.