Chef Habitat on Windows: Examples

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Greetings! Today, I’ll be outlining some examples and patterns for packaging Windows applications with Chef Habitat.

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Chef Habitat on Windows: Basics

 

Examples

These are the main types of patterns we see in the field so I’m going to outline the basic info needed to get started. All applications have their own essence/flavor so they may need additional tuning beyond what’s outlined here.

Zipped Artifact

Background

In this example, we have an app that’s published as a zipped archive of the application files to URL based storage (Artifactory, S3, etc).

Habitat’s default behavior is to download the file, verify the checksum, then unpack the archive into $HAB_CACHE_SRC_PATH/$pkg_name-$pkg_version so we’ll only override the Invoke-Install callback.

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Code

$pkg_name="packer"
$pkg_origin="core"
$pkg_version="1.3.5"
$pkg_maintainer="The Habitat Maintainers <humans@habitat.sh>"
$pkg_license=@('MPL2')
$pkg_bin_dirs=@("bin")
$pkg_source="https://releases.hashicorp.com/packer/${pkg_version}/packer_${pkg_version}_windows_amd64.zip"
$pkg_shasum="57d30d5d305cf877532e93526c284438daef5db26d984d16ee85e38a7be7cfbb"
function Invoke-Install {
  Copy-Item "$HAB_CACHE_SRC_PATH/$pkg_name-$pkg_version/$pkg_name.exe" $pkg_prefix\bin
}

Executable Binary

Background

Next, we’ll look at one that’s a single executable, in this case NuGet. It’s a single executable so there’s no need for any unpacking. Since Habitat’s default action is to attempt an unpack, we’ll need to override the Invoke-Unpack callback to keep it from erroring out.

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$pkg_name="nuget"

$pkg_origin="core"

$pkg_version="4.6.2"

$pkg_license=('Apache-2.0')

$pkg_upstream_url="https://dist.nuget.org/index.html"

$pkg_description="NuGet is the package manager for the Microsoft development platform including .NET."

$pkg_maintainer="The Habitat Maintainers <humans@habitat.sh>"

$pkg_source="https://dist.nuget.org/win-x86-commandline/v${pkg_version}/nuget.exe"

$pkg_shasum="2c562c1a18d720d4885546083ec8eaad6773a6b80befb02564088cc1e55b304e"

$pkg_bin_dirs=@("bin")




function Invoke-Unpack { }




function Invoke-Install {

  Copy-Item "$HAB_CACHE_SRC_PATH/nuget.exe" "$pkg_prefix/bin" -Force

}

Git Repository

Background

Our app team is diligent about storing their code in a git repo, so let’s go straight to the source! Since there’s no $pkg_source, Habitat won’t try to download or verify, so how do we get our files? We can use the Invoke-Unpack callback to do that for us.

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Code

$pkg_name="moonsweeper-py"
$pkg_origin="jmassardo"
$pkg_version="0.1.0"
$pkg_maintainer="James Massardo <james@dxrf.com>"
$pkg_license=@("Apache-2.0")
$pkg_deps=@('jmassardo/python')
$pkg_build_deps=@('core/git')
$pkg_description="Moonsweeper — A minesweeper clone, on a moon with aliens, in PyQt."
$pkg_upstream_url="https://github.com/mfitzp/15-minute-apps/tree/master/minesweeper"
function Invoke-Unpack{
    write-output "Attempting to clone repo"
    cd $HAB_CACHE_SRC_PATH
    git clone https://github.com/mfitzp/15-minute-apps.git
}
function Invoke-Install{
    Copy-Item -Path "$HAB_CACHE_SRC_PATH\15-minute-apps\minesweeper" -Destination "$pkg_prefix" -recurse
}

NOTE: Please take note of the two different dependency types: $pkg_deps and $pkg_build_deps.

  • $pkg_deps includes dependencies that are needed during runtime.
  • $pkg_build_deps includes dependencies that are only used during the package build. In our example, we only need core/git to clone the repo during build so there’s no need to include those files when we’re running in production.

Legacy Folder

Background

There are times when we need to put the source files and the Habitat files together. In this circumstance, we’ll reference the $PLAN_CONTEXT variable as it has the location on your local dev machine for the files in your plan directory.

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Code

$pkg_name="contosouniversity"
$pkg_origin="mwrock"
$pkg_version="0.1.0"
$pkg_maintainer="The Habitat Maintainers <humans@habitat.sh>"
$pkg_license=@("Apache-2.0")
$pkg_deps=@("core/dsc-core")
$pkg_build_deps=@("core/nuget")
$pkg_binds=@{"database"="username password port"}
  function Invoke-Build {
    Copy-Item $PLAN_CONTEXT/../* $HAB_CACHE_SRC_PATH/$pkg_dirname -recurse -force
    nuget restore "$HAB_CACHE_SRC_PATH/$pkg_dirname/C#/$pkg_name/packages.config" -PackagesDirectory "$HAB_CACHE_SRC_PATH/$pkg_dirname/C#/packages" -Source "https://www.nuget.org/api/v2"
    nuget install MSBuild.Microsoft.VisualStudio.Web.targets -Version 14.0.0.3 -OutputDirectory $HAB_CACHE_SRC_PATH/$pkg_dirname/
    $env:VSToolsPath = "$HAB_CACHE_SRC_PATH/$pkg_dirname/MSBuild.Microsoft.VisualStudio.Web.targets.14.0.0.3/tools/VSToolsPath"
    ."$env:SystemRoot\Microsoft.NET\Framework64\v4.0.30319\MSBuild.exe" "$HAB_CACHE_SRC_PATH/$pkg_dirname/C#/$pkg_name/${pkg_name}.csproj" /t:Build /p:VisualStudioVersion=14.0
    if($LASTEXITCODE -ne 0) {
        Write-Error "dotnet build failed!"
    }
  }
  
  function Invoke-Install {
    ."$env:SystemRoot\Microsoft.NET\Framework64\v4.0.30319\MSBuild.exe" "$HAB_CACHE_SRC_PATH/$pkg_dirname/C#/$pkg_name/${pkg_name}.csproj" /t:WebPublish /p:WebPublishMethod=FileSystem /p:publishUrl=$pkg_prefix/www
  }

MSI Based Installers

Background

Most Windows Admins are familiar with MSI based installers. We really need the files inside the MSI and not the installation instructions so let’s use lessmsi to extract the MSI file. Depending on the application, you may need to add some additional actions:

  • Set up additional app requirements such as registry keys via the init hook.
  • Remove these items via the post-stop hook
  • Consider using the reload and/or reconfigure hooks to update registry keys

These actions will allow you to use gossiped data and toml files to update the running config of the app, e.g redirecting a Win32 forms app to a different database server.

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Code

$pkg_name="rust"
$pkg_origin="core"
$pkg_version="1.33.0"
$pkg_description="Safe, concurrent, practical language"
$pkg_upstream_url="https://www.rust-lang.org/"
$pkg_license=@("Apache-2.0", "MIT")
$pkg_maintainer="The Habitat Maintainers <humans@habitat.sh>"
$pkg_source="https://static.rust-lang.org/dist/rust-$pkg_version-x86_64-pc-windows-msvc.msi"
$pkg_shasum="cc27799843a146745d4054afa5de1f1f5ab19d539d8c522a909b3c8119e46f99"
$pkg_deps=@("core/visual-cpp-redist-2015", "core/visual-cpp-build-tools-2015")
$pkg_build_deps=@("core/lessmsi")
$pkg_bin_dirs=@("bin")
$pkg_lib_dirs=@("lib")
function Invoke-Unpack {
  mkdir "$HAB_CACHE_SRC_PATH/$pkg_dirname"
  Push-Location "$HAB_CACHE_SRC_PATH/$pkg_dirname"
  try {
    lessmsi x (Resolve-Path "$HAB_CACHE_SRC_PATH/$pkg_filename").Path
  }
  finally { Pop-Location }
}
function Invoke-Install {
  Copy-Item "$HAB_CACHE_SRC_PATH/$pkg_dirname/rust-$pkg_version-x86_64-pc-windows-msvc/SourceDir/Rust/*" "$pkg_prefix" -Recurse -Force
}
# This isn't always needed
function Invoke-Check() {
  (& "$HAB_CACHE_SRC_PATH/$pkg_dirname/Rust/bin/rustc.exe" --version).StartsWith("rustc $pkg_version")
}

EXE Based Installers

Background

A lot of windows utilities come packaged via exe based installers. Here, we’ll look at installing 7zip using its exe installer. As you can see, we’re starting to develop a pattern, download, unpack, install.

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Code

$pkg_name="7zip"

$pkg_origin="core"

$pkg_version="16.04"

$pkg_license=@("LGPL-2.1", "unRAR restriction")

$pkg_upstream_url="http://www.7-zip.org/"

$pkg_description="7-Zip is a file archiver with a high compression ratio"

$pkg_maintainer="The Habitat Maintainers <humans@habitat.sh>"

$pkg_source="http://www.7-zip.org/a/7z$($pkg_version.Replace('.',''))-x64.exe"

$pkg_shasum="9bb4dc4fab2a2a45c15723c259dc2f7313c89a5ac55ab7c3f76bba26edc8bcaa"

$pkg_filename="7z$($pkg_version.Replace('.',''))-x64.exe"

$pkg_bin_dirs=@("bin")




function Invoke-Unpack {

  Start-Process "$HAB_CACHE_SRC_PATH/$pkg_filename" -Wait -ArgumentList "/S /D=`"$(Resolve-Path $HAB_CACHE_SRC_PATH)/$pkg_dirname`""

}




function Invoke-Install {

  Copy-Item * "$pkg_prefix/bin" -Recurse -Force

}

Windows Role/Feature based installs

Background

Ooo… Here’s a tricky one… Let’s say we need IIS to support our webapp.

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Code

$pkg_name="iis-webserverrole"
$pkg_origin="core"
$pkg_version="0.1.0"
$pkg_maintainer="The Habitat Maintainers <humans@habitat.sh>"
$pkg_license=@("Apache-2.0")
$pkg_description="Installs Basic IIS Web Server features"

Hey, wait just a dang minute, where are the callbacks?!? Well… there aren’t any. In this case, we can’t actually fully package IIS because it’s a Windows component. So now what? We still need IIS for our app. We use a different path, the install hook. This hook is triggered when you run hab pkg install …. We’ll use it install the features/roles we need. It’s not technically packaged in Hab but it is “habatized” in the sense that we can track it as a dependency and trigger the install if it’s missing.

# Install hook
function Test-Feature {
    Write-Host "Check if IIS-WebServerRole is enabled..."
    $(dism /online /get-featureinfo /featurename:IIS-WebServerRole) -contains "State : Enabled"
}
if (!(Test-Feature)) {
    Write-Host "Enabling IIS-WebServerRole..."
    dism /online /enable-feature /featurename:IIS-WebServerRole
    if (!(Test-Feature)) {
        Write-Host "IIS-WebServerRole was not enabled!"
        exit 1
    }
}

Closing

I’d like to take credit for writing all these plans but, alas, I can’t. Fortunately, the awesome folks on the Habitat team publish these, along with like 600 other core plans, in their github org, Habitat-sh/Core-plans.

If you run across another significant pattern that isn’t here, please let me know so I can update this page!

If you have any questions or feedback, please feel free to contact me: @jamesmassardo

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James Massardo

James Massardo is a Senior Customer Architect at Chef focusing on large enterprise. He has more than 20 years supporting and managing large Windows fleets. In his free time, he works with local schools to promote STEM education through competitive robotics programs.