bcfg2 [options]


bcfg2 runs the Bcfg2 configuration process on the current host. This process consists of the following steps.

  • Fetch and execute probes
  • Upload probe results
  • Fetch the client configuration
  • Check the current client state
  • Attempt to install the desired configuration
  • Upload statistics about the Bcfg2 execution and client state


-B Configure everything except the given bundle(s).
-C configfile Specify alternate bcfg2.conf location.
-D drivers Specify a comma-delimited set of Bcfg2 tool drivers. NOTE: only drivers listed will be loaded. (e.g., if you do not include POSIX, you will be unable to verify/install Path entries).
-E encoding Specify the encoding of config files.
-I Run bcfg2 in interactive mode. The user will be prompted before each change.
-O Omit lock check.
-P Run bcfg2 in paranoid mode. Diffs will be logged for configuration files marked as paranoid by the Bcfg2 server.
-Q Run bcfg2 in “bundle quick” mode, where only entries in a bundle are verified or installed. This runs much faster than -q, but doesn’t provide statistics to the server at all. In order for this option to work, the -b option must also be provided. This option is incompatible with -r.
-R retrycount Specify the number of times that the client will attempt to retry network communication.
-S server Manually specify the server location (as opposed to using the value in bcfg2.conf). This should be in the format “https://server:port
-Z Do not configure independent entries.
-b bundles Run only the specified colon-delimited set of bundles.
-c cachefile Cache a copy of the configuration in cachefile.
 Specifiy the path to the SSL CA certificate.
-d Enable debugging output.
-e When in verbose mode, display extra entry information.
-f path Configure from a file rather than querying the server.
-h Print usage information.
-k Run in bulletproof mode. This currently only affects behavior in the debian toolset; it calls apt-get update and clean and dpkg –configure –pending.
-l decisionmode
 Run the client in the specified decision list mode (“whitelist” or “blacklist”), or “none”, which can be used in order to override the decision list mode specified in bcfg2.conf). This approach is needed when particular changes are deemed “high risk”. It gives the ability tocentrally specify these changes, but only install them on clients when administrator supervision is available. Because collaborative configuration is one of the remaining hard issues in configuration management, these issues typically crop up in environments with several administrators and much configuration variety. (This setting will be ignored if the -f option is also specified).
-n Run bcfg2 in dry-run mode. No changes will be made to the system.
-o logfile Writes a log to the specified path.
-p profile Assert a profile for the current client.
-q Run bcfg2 in quick mode. Package checksum verification won’t be performed. This mode relaxes the constraints of correctness, and thus should only be used in safe conditions.
-r mode Cause bcfg2 to remove extra configuration elements it detects. Mode is one of “all”, “Services”, “Packages”, or “Users”. “all” removes all extra entries. “Services”, “Packages”, and “Users” remove only the extra configuration elements of the respective type. (“Services” actually just disables extra services, since they can’t be removed, and “Users” removes extra POSIXUser and POSIXUser entries.)
-s servicemode Set bcfg2 interaction level for services. Default behavior is to modify all services affected by reconfiguration. “build” mode attempts to stop all services started. “disabled” suppresses all attempts to modify services.
 Specify the path to the SSL certificate.
--ssl-cns=CNs Colon-delimited list of acceptable SSL server Common Names.
--ssl-key=key Specify the path to the SSL key.
-u user Attempt to authenticate as ‘user’.
-t timeout Set the timeout (in seconds) for client communication. Default is 90 seconds.
-v Run bcfg2 in verbose mode.
-x password Use ‘password’ for client communication.
-z Only configure independent entries, ignore bundles.

See Also

bcfg2-server(8), bcfg2-info(8)

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