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Fixing the chef “Error Syncing Cookbooks – EOFError: end of file reached” error

I ran into a problem recently with some corrupt chef cookbooks after a recent chef upgrade, I was getting an “Error Syncing Cookbooks – EOFError: end of file reached” error on every chef run on all nodes:


Error Syncing Cookbooks:

Unexpected Error:
EOFError: end of file reached

[2013-01-21T18:17:27+00:00] ERROR: Running exception handlers
[2013-01-21T18:17:27+00:00] FATAL: Saving node information to /var/cache/chef/failed-run-data.json
[2013-01-21T18:17:27+00:00] ERROR: Exception handlers complete
[2013-01-21T18:17:27+00:00] FATAL: Stacktrace dumped to /var/cache/chef/chef-stacktrace.out
[2013-01-21T18:17:27+00:00] FATAL: EOFError: end of file reached

I’d already deleted the cookbooks:

knife cookbook delete cookbook_name

and re-uploaded them, but this didn’t work. It took a purge to completely delete the cookbook from the chef server:

knife cookbook delete --purge cookbook_name

In the end I had so many cookbooks that were somehow corrupt that I bulk purged them and re-uploaded them all:

knife cookbook bulk delete --purge '.+'


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