I had been circling around chef-server and Gentoo for a while. There are three ways to install Chef-server:
Needless to say, (1) was not fun. While (2) invokes the mystical recursive experience of Lisp-written-in-Lisp or maybe, the Stand Alone Complex, as someone who is more excited about using Chef, I just want to get on with it.
Option (3) depends on how good your favorite distro is. And in Gentoo's case, this has been somewhat lacking. Fortunately, someone has put together a chef-overlay and update it for Chef 0.8.10. The instruction in the README works.
What does not work is if, you are like me, decide to be clever and use autounmask instead of downloading the gists. After the tenth gem I had to "auto" unmask, I gave up and used the gist version. If you are building a new chef-server on Gentoo, you should too.
We'll see how this experience goes. As I dive deeper into the rabbit hole, I'll post back here. Stay tuned.