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The bluepill cookbook has been deprecated and is no longer being maintained by its authors. Use of the bluepill cookbook is no longer recommended.


bluepill (26) Versions 4.1.1

Installs bluepill gem and configures to manage services, includes bluepill_service LWRP

cookbook 'bluepill', '~> 4.1.1', :supermarket
cookbook 'bluepill', '~> 4.1.1'
knife supermarket install bluepill
knife supermarket download bluepill
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bluepill Cookbook

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Installs bluepill Ruby Gem and configures it to manage services. Also includes a LWRP.



Bluepill is a pure Ruby service management tool/library, so this cookbook should work on any system. The attributes do set up paths based on FHS locations, see below.


  • Chef 12.7+


  • none


Default locations for bluepill are in "FHS compliant" locations.

  • node["bluepill"]["bin"] - Path to bluepill program, default is 'bluepill' in the RubyGems binary directory.
  • node["bluepill"]["logfile"] - Location of the bluepill log file, default "/var/log/bluepill.log".
  • node["bluepill"]["conf_dir"] - Location of service config files (pills), default "/etc/bluepill".
  • node["bluepill"]["pid_dir"] - Location of pidfiles, default "/var/run/bluepill"
  • node["bluepill"]["state_dir"] - Location of state directory, default "/var/lib/bluepill"
  • node["bluepill"]["init_dir"] - Location of init script directory, default selected by platform.
  • node["bluepill"]["version"] - Version of bluepill to install, default is latest.
  • node["bluepill"]["use_rsyslog"] - Enable configuration and use of rsyslog for bluepill.


This cookbook contains a resource, bluepill_service. This can be used with the normal Chef service resource, by using the provider parameter, or by specifying the bluepill_service shortcut. These two resources are equivalent.

bluepill_service 'my_app' do
  action [:enable, :load, :start]

The load action should probably always be specified, to ensure that if bluepill isn't running already it gets started. The The recipe using the service must contain a template resource for the pill and it must be named my_app.pill.erb, where my_app is the service name passed to the bluepill service resource.


Be sure to include the bluepill recipe in the run list to ensure that the gem and bluepill-related directories are created. This will also make the cookbook available on the system and other cookbooks won't need to explicitly depend on it in the metadata.

If the default directory locations in the attributes/default.rb aren't what you want, change them by setting them either in the attributes file itself, or create attributes in a role applied to any systems that will use bluepill.

Bluepill uses configuration files named my_app.pill that are stored in /etc/bluepill. Here is an example pill:

Bluepill.application('my_app') do |app|
  app.process('my_app') do |process|
    process.pid_file = '/var/run/'
    process.start_command = '/usr/bin/my_app'

You can create this file with cookbook_file as follows:

cookbook_file '/etc/bluepill/my_app.pill' do
  source 'my_app.pill'

See bluepill's documentation for more information on creating pill templates.

License & Authors

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Copyright: 2010-2016, Chef Software, Inc.

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bluepill Cookbook CHANGELOG

This file is used to list changes made in each version of the bluepill cookbook.

4.1.1 (2018-10-03)

  • Removes a deprecated dependency 'chef/mixin/language'

4.1.0 (2018-05-14)

  • Update dokken config
  • Remove Chefspec matchers which are autogenerated by ChefSpec now
  • Cookstyle fix

4.0.2 (2017-07-11)

  • Fixes a typo in LSB init which triggers an abort during deploy (#34)

4.0.1 (2017-05-06)

  • Add supported platforms to the metadata
  • Remove extra include of mixlib-shell in the resource
  • Fix the license string to be a SPDX standard string

4.0.0 (2017-03-06)

  • Test with local delivery and not Rake
  • Removed the unused / undocumented supports attribute from the bluepill_service resource
  • Convert bluepill_service to a custom resource, requiring chef-client 12.5 or later
  • Add Chef 13 testing

3.0.0 (2016-08-31)

  • This cookbook now requirements Chef 12
  • Added Chefspec matchers
  • Add chef_version metadata
  • Test in Travis CI using kitchen-dokken
  • Remove minitest_handler requirement and the minitest files
  • Use cookstyle instead of rubocop

2.4.3 (04-18-2016)

  • Added ChefSpec custom matchers and examples

2.4.2 (02-19-2016)

  • Loosened the dependecy on rsyslog so the latest cookbook can be used
  • Updated testing dependencies and configurations

WARNING: It was noted after the release of 2.4.2 that the loosened dependency on rsyslog increased the minimum required Chef release to 12.0 for this cookbook. Chef 11 users will need to use 2.4.1.

2.4.1 (11-10-2015)

  • Require rsyslog ~> 2.0.0 to preserve Chef 11 compatibility
  • Fix rsyslog restarting on RHEL
  • Use platform_family when setting platform specific node attributes and fix bad syntax. This should improve RHEL support

v2.4.0 (09-17-2015)

  • Updated the LSB Required-Start and Required-Stop comments of the LSB init script template to be valid
  • Added name to the bluepill_test cookbook metadata for Chef 12
  • If a defaults file on RHEL or Debian based systems exist for the service source that within the init scripts. Example if /etc/default/bar exists on debian for the bar service then source that
  • Added .kitchen.yml file with vagrant based testing for local testing and moved the cloud based kitchen to
  • Add Travis CI config
  • Added rubocop config
  • Updated Berksfile to 3.X format and removed yum cookbook that wasn't used
  • Updated and added documentation
  • Updated development and testing dependencies in the Gemfile
  • Added and .toml and added Rake task for generating the MD file
  • Opscode -> Chef Software everywhere
  • Added Travis and cookbook version badges to the readme
  • Add rake file to easy testing
  • Resolved all Rubocop warnings
  • Added a chefignore file and added additional files to the gitignore
  • Added source_url and issues_url metadata for Supermarket


  • Never actually released


New Feature

  • COOK-3705 - Add init.d script with LSB style




  • [COOK-2507] - stringify language attributes


  • [COOK-547] - Add load action to provider to reload services when template changes.


  • [COOK-1295] - The bluepill cookbook does not create the default log file
  • [COOK-1840] - Enable bluepill to log to rsyslog


This version uses platform_family attribute (in the provider), making the cookbook incompatible with older versions of Chef/Ohai, hence the major version bump.

  • [COOK-1644] - Bluepill cookbook fails on Redhat due to missing default or redhat template directory.
  • [COOK-1920] - init script should have a template file named after platform_family instead of using file specificity


  • [COOK-1730] - Add ability to specify which version of bluepill to install


  • [COOK-1592] - use mixlib-shellout instead of execute, add test-kitchen


  • [COOK-1304] - support amazon linux
  • [COOK-1427] - resolve foodcritic warnings


  • [COOK-1106] - fix chkconfig loader for CentOS 5
  • [COOK-1107] - use integer for GID instead of string


  • [COOK-1043] - Bluepill cookbook fails on OS X because it tries to use root group


  • [COOK-943] - add init script for freebsd


  • [COOK-867] - enable bluepill service on RHEL family
  • [COOK-550] - add freebsd support


  • Fixes COOK-524, COOK-632

Collaborator Number Metric

4.1.1 failed this metric

Failure: Cookbook has 0 collaborators. A cookbook must have at least 2 collaborators to pass this metric.

Contributing File Metric

4.1.1 failed this metric

Failure: To pass this metric, your cookbook metadata must include a source url, the source url must be in the form of, and your repo must contain a file

Cookstyle Metric

4.1.1 failed this metric

Chef/Correctness/PropertyWithoutType: Resource properties or attributes should always define a type to help users understand the correct allowed values. ( bluepill/resources/service.rb: 20
Chef/Deprecations/ResourceWithoutUnifiedTrue: Set `unified_mode true` in Chef Infra Client 15.3+ custom resources to ensure they work correctly in Chef Infra Client 18 (April 2022) when Unified Mode becomes the default. ( bluepill/resources/service.rb: 1

Run with Cookstyle Version 7.32.1 with cops Chef/Deprecations,Chef/Correctness,Chef/Sharing,Chef/RedundantCode,Chef/Modernize,Chef/Security,InSpec/Deprecations

No Binaries Metric

4.1.1 passed this metric

Testing File Metric

4.1.1 failed this metric

Failure: To pass this metric, your cookbook metadata must include a source url, the source url must be in the form of, and your repo must contain a file

Version Tag Metric

4.1.1 failed this metric

Failure: To pass this metric, your cookbook metadata must include a source url, the source url must be in the form of, and your repo must include a tag that matches this cookbook version number