Sometimes the knife output can be really confusing:
$ knife node show myserver Node Name: myserver1 Environment: _default FQDN: myserver1 IP: Run List: role[base], role[mysql], role[apache] Roles: base, nrpe, mysql Recipes: [...] Platform: ubuntu 12.04 Tags:Noticed the difference in "Run List" and "Roles"? The run list says "role[apache]", but the list of "Roles" has no Apache. This is because of the role not yet being run on the server. So a
ssh [email protected] chef-clientSolves the issue and Apache appears in the roles list. The learning: do not use "knife node show" to get the list of configured roles!