Cfengine-Tutorial. AUTOMATED SYSTEM ADMINISTRATION. Kirk: “I’m curious, Doctor, why is it called the M5?” Daystrom: “Well you see, M1 to M4 were not. As we are using a single Ubuntu server in this tutorial, we’ll be using it both as a policy hub and as a client. To start CFEngine’s policy hub, you. Contribute to theofilis/tutorial-cfengine development by creating an account on GitHub.

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Environment variables are fetched directly from the shell on whatever system is running the program.

This tells NFS cfenhine is allowed to access the disk and who isn’t. Overview 5 in an FTP archive remains those of the program author, it often happens that the software is left lying around with the owner and permissions as set by the author of the program rather than any user name on your system.

Examples and Tutorials

Wildcards in directory namesUttorial It cannot be used to tell cfengine what to do, it can only ask cfengine on the remote host to run the configuration file it already has. If cfengine determines that a file needs to be updated from a remote server it begins copying the remote file to a new file on the same filesystem as the destination-file. Several unix-like operating systems have had access control lists for some time; but they do not seem to have caught on.


It may be necessary to add a reference to the standard library within the body common control section, and remove the bundlesequence line. See shellcommands in the Reference cfenine. Inafter more than five years of research, CFEngine 3 was introduced, which incorporated promise theory cfegnine “a way to make CFEngine both simpler and more powerful at the same time”, according to Burgess.

See also addclasses in the Reference manual. It does this to be sure that everything which is already set up to be mounted is mounted. This feature can be used to good effect to define the mail address of a suitable system administrator for different groups of host. You can make cfengine rotate these files too, by writing disable: This gives you the maximum amount of flexibilty, since it allows you to decide exactly what you want to happen any any given time from the central file.

cfengine-Tutorial – Informatique

With the exception of the -d and -S options, all options are passed on to the remote hosts and are ignored locally. Classes basicsNext: Using cfengine as a front-end for cron: The generic class anyNext: Another file is built when cfengine searches through file trees in the files action.

Network interfaceUp: Using cfengine as a front-end for cron Building flexible time classes Each time cfengine is run, it reads the system clock and defines the following classes based cffngine the time and date: Finally you must tell it which dummy address is to be used for messages which are broadcast to all hosts on your network simultaneously see the reference manual.


Here is a short example: Top Using cfengine as a front end for cron One of cfengine’s strengths is its use of classes to identify systems from a single file or set of files. All variables, classes, groups etc.

Cfengine won’t forget it, and you won’t forget it because the setup is defined in one central place. Here are some points to digest: The body of a promise explains what it is about. A further facility makes use of cfengine’s knowledge of available mounted binary resources to search for matches to specific links.

A more flexible way of commenting is also possible, using directives which first define strings which signify the start of a comment and the end of a comment. This file must contain the domain name for your domain and a list of possible nameservers which can be contacted, in order of priority.

If you reinstall your operating system later it doesn’t matter because all your links are defined in your cfengine configuration file, recorded for all time. A typical example of this is the PATH variable: It will cdengine its cached copy of the last known policy. In the cfengine static mounting scheme, you define a list of binary and home servers.