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anaconda (12) Versions 0.6.1

Installs/Configures anaconda

cookbook 'anaconda', '= 0.6.1', :supermarket
cookbook 'anaconda', '= 0.6.1'
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anaconda cookbook

Chef cookbook for installing Continuum Analytic's
Anaconda: "completely free Python
distribution for large-scale data processing, predictive analytics, and
scientific computing". Specifically:

  • Anaconda 2.2 or 2.3
    • python2 or python3
    • x86 or x86_64
  • Miniconda
    • python2 or python3
    • x86 or x86_64
  • Usage tested on Ubuntu, unittested on Debian, CentOS, and RedHat. See [rspec tests](spec/default_spec.rb#L100) and [kitchen tests](.kitchen.yml#L16) for the full list.

This also serves as an example for developing and testing Chef cookbooks. It

In addition:

  • Vagrant to provide an out-of-the-box working example; 1.7.4


If you want to just have a working Anaconda VM, install:

  • Vagrant

For the full experience (e.g. running the test suite), also install:


The sample [Vagrantfile](Vagrantfile) will build you an Anaconda VM with no
changes necessary; note it might take a few minutes to download the Anaconda
installer itself.

  $> vagrant up --provision

  # the sample image includes `recipe[anaconda::shell_conveniences]`, which
  # means conda is already in PATH via /etc/profile.d
  $> vagrant ssh
  $vagrant> conda --version
  conda 3.14.1

  # or you add it to PATH manually
  $> vagrant ssh
  $vagrant> export PATH=/opt/anaconda/2.3.0/bin:${PATH}
  $vagrant> conda --version
  conda 3.14.1

It includes a Jupyter (IPython) notebook server accessible at

Lastly, to use it in a cookbook:

  include_recipe 'anaconda::default'

Warning! If you're also using the python cookbook...

You MUST include recipe[anaconda::python_workaround], otherwise subsequent
chef runs will fail. See the

Usage, recipes, attributes, and resources

The main recipe is anaconda::default. Include it in your runlist, and it will
install the package as well as any necessary dependencies.

The following are user-configurable attributes. Check
[attributes/default.rb](attributes/default.rb) for more details.

  • anaconda
    • version: the Anaconda version to install. Valid values are:
    • 2.2.0
    • 2.3.0
    • latest (for miniconda only)
    • python: which version of Python to install for. Valid values are:
    • python2
    • python3
    • flavor: what architecture the instance is. Valid values are:
    • nil (will autodetect)
    • x86 (32-bit)
    • x86_64 (64-bit)
    • install_type: which Anaconda distribution to install. Valid values are:
    • anaconda
    • miniconda
    • install_root: the parent directory of all anaconda installs. note that individual installs go into #{install_root}/#{version}
    • accept_license: must be explicitly set to the string yes (there are no defaults); any other value will reject the license.
    • owner: the user who owns the install
    • group: the group who owns the install


Include this to have the environment set for all users (login shells) via
/etc/profile.d. Useful for development.

resource anaconda_package

You can use the anaconda_package resource to install new packages into the
Anaconda environment:

  # I don't know what 'astroid' is, just using it as a sample package
  anaconda_package 'astroid' do
    # the other supported action is `:remove`
    action :install

See the [resource definition](resources/package.rb) for additional options; in
general, all it does is present the same options as conda install/conda

resource anaconda_nbservice

This only works with a full Anaconda installation! I.e. the notebook service
will not work out-of-the-box if installed with miniconda.

The anaconda_nbservice will run a Jupyter notebook server as a runit service:

  anaconda_nbservice 'notebook-server' do
    # listen on all interfaces; there will be a warning since security is
    # disabled
    ip '*'
    port '8888'

    install_dir '/opt/ipython/server'

    service_action [ :enable, :start ]

The standard configuration should be good enough, but you might need to write
your own run service template:

  anaconda_nbservice 'server-with-custom-template' do
    user ipython_user
    group ipython_group

    install_dir install_dir

    template_cookbook 'your_cookbook'
    # note that if your template name is TEMPLATE, then this value should be
    # 'TEMPLATE", but the file should be 'sv-TEMPLATE-run.erb'
    run_template_name 'your_template_name'

    service_action [ :enable, :start ]


To run the full test suite:

  # this will take a while, especially the first time
  $> script/cibuild

  # check the final result; bash return codes: 0 is good, anything else is not
  $> echo $?
  • to run just the [chefspecs](spec/default_spec.rb):
  $> rspec
  • to run just the test kitchen serverspec [integration tests](test/integration/default/serverspec/default_spec.rb):
  # this is done via docker/kitchen-docker
  # the list of OSes is defined in .kitchen.yml
  $> kitchen verify

  # test a specific OS; `kitchen list`
  $> kitchen verify default-ubuntu-1204
  • check for style issues with Foodcritic
  $> foodcritic

Releases and issues

Standard stuff:



Author:: Matt Chu (

Dependent cookbooks

apt >= 0.0.0
runit >= 0.0.0
bzip2 >= 0.0.0
tar >= 0.0.0

Contingent cookbooks

There are no cookbooks that are contingent upon this one.

Foodcritic Metric

0.6.1 failed this metric

FC017: LWRP does not notify when updated: /tmp/cook/0f416661297e8f4abfda5ef3/anaconda/providers/nbservice.rb:21
FC017: LWRP does not notify when updated: /tmp/cook/0f416661297e8f4abfda5ef3/anaconda/providers/package.rb:21
FC017: LWRP does not notify when updated: /tmp/cook/0f416661297e8f4abfda5ef3/anaconda/providers/package.rb:58
FC047: Attribute assignment does not specify precedence: /tmp/cook/0f416661297e8f4abfda5ef3/anaconda/recipes/default.rb:49
FC048: Prefer Mixlib::ShellOut: /tmp/cook/0f416661297e8f4abfda5ef3/anaconda/providers/nbservice.rb:10
FC048: Prefer Mixlib::ShellOut: /tmp/cook/0f416661297e8f4abfda5ef3/anaconda/providers/package.rb:10