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gelf_handler (5) Versions 1.0.5

Installs/Configures a Chef handler which reports run failures and to a GELF server. Derived from Jon Woods gem.

cookbook 'gelf_handler', '= 1.0.5', :supermarket
cookbook 'gelf_handler', '= 1.0.5'
knife supermarket install gelf_handler
knife supermarket download gelf_handler
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A cookbook that a handler that sends chef run results to a GELF server such as
Logstash or Graylog. If you have the ohai-system_pacakges
plugin installed, it will also send package statistics.


The chef_handler cookbook.


This cookbook uses the following attributes to configure how it is installed.

  • node['chef_client']['handler']['gelf']['host'] - The gelf server host. Defaults to nil.
  • node['chef_client']['handler']['gelf']['port'] - The gelf server port. Defaults to 12201.
  • node['chef_client']['handler']['gelf']['facility'] - The facility under which to report. Defaults to 'chef-client'.
  • node['chef_client']['handler']['gelf']['report_host'] - The host to report messages as coming from. Defaults to node['fqdn'].
  • node['chef_client']['handler']['gelf']['blacklist'] - A hash of cookbooks, resources and actions to ignore in the change list.. Defaults to {}.


Set the host and port properties on the node and include the "gelf_handler::default" recipe.


Some resources report themselves as having updated on every run even if nothing changed, or
are just things you don't care about. To reduce the amount of noise in your logs these can be
ignored by providing a blacklist. In this example we don't want to be told about the GELF handler
being activated:

node['chef_client']['handler']['gelf']['blacklist'] =
{"chef_handler" => {"chef_handler" => [ "nothing", "enable" ]}


The handler was originally written by Jon Wood and was converted to a cookbook by Peter Donald.

Dependent cookbooks

chef_handler >= 0.0.0

Contingent cookbooks

There are no cookbooks that are contingent upon this one.

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