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Invoke the recipe of chef you want whereever you want


You can use “include_recipe” in a recipe if you want to invoke another recipe, but can’t use it in providers and definitions as is.

In the case, you can use run_context.

action :an_action do
  ## invoke "maven" recipe if mvn command missing.
  unless ::File.exists? "#{ENV['M2_HOME']}/bin/mvn"
    run_context.include_recipe "maven"
  ## processes using maven
  ## ...

I think this is not official interface though working on chef-10.16.2.

Found the answer here, http://lists.opscode.com/sympa/arc/chef/2011-12/msg00382.html.