I would like to install chef via apt non-interactively, but by default, apt installation brings up this prompt:

apt install chef prompt

Is there a way to skip this step during installation or pass a value to apt install? I'm only using chef-solo, so don't actually need the server component, so simply press return on this prompt.


You can configure debconf into non-interactive prompt:

sudo DEBIAN_FRONTEND=noninteractive aptitude install -y -q chef

If you find the complete key, you can also pre-configure the default value:

echo package package/key {boolean,string} {true, some string} | sudo debconf-set-selections
sudo apt-get install package

To be precise:

echo chef chef/chef_server_url string | sudo debconf-set-selections

To find the key, after installing you can look for:

sudo debconf-get-selections | grep chef
# URL of Chef Server (e.g., http://chef.example.com:4000):
chef    chef/chef_server_url    string  
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    In some environments debconf-get-selections may no be available, use debconf-show PACKAGENAME then
    – Jaleks
    Dec 29 '16 at 10:16
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    If debconf-get-selections is not available, try installing package debconf-utils.
    – daveloyall
    Jul 7 '17 at 19:15
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    Also in Ubuntu 16.04 LTS there is debconf-show package which will show all available options for given package (after it was installed) the same way as debconf-get-selections did (if debconf-get-selections is missing) Feb 14 '18 at 10:38

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