Quick Navigator

Search Site

Unix VPS
A - Starter
B - Basic
C - Preferred
D - Commercial
MPS - Dedicated
Previous VPSs
* Sign Up! *

Contact Us
Online Help
Domain Status
Man Pages

Virtual Servers

Topology Map

Server Agreement
Year 2038

USA Flag



Man Pages

Manual Reference Pages  -  KNIFE-BOOTSTRAP (1)


knife-bootstrap - The man page for the knife bootstrap subcommand. \$1 \n[an-margin] level \n[rst2man-indent-level] level margin: \n[rst2man-indent\n[rst2man-indent-level]] - \n[rst2man-indent0] \n[rst2man-indent1] \n[rst2man-indent2]

A bootstrap is a process that installs the chef-client on a target system so that it can run as a chef-client and communicate with a Chef server.

The knife bootstrap subcommand is used to run a bootstrap operation that installs the chef-client on the target system. The bootstrap operation must specify the IP address or FQDN of the target system.


This subcommand has the following syntax:

$ knife bootstrap FQDN_or_IP_ADDRESS (options)


This subcommand has the following options:
-A, --forward-agent
  Use to enable SSH agent forwarding.
--bootstrap-no-proxy NO_PROXY_URL_or_IP
  A URL or IP address that specifies a location that should not be proxied. Note: This option is used internally by Chef to help verify bootstrap operations during testing and should never be used during an actual bootstrap operation.
--bootstrap-proxy PROXY_URL
  The proxy server for the node that is the target of a bootstrap operation.
--bootstrap-version VERSION
  The version of the chef-client to install.
  The configuration file to use.
--chef-zero-port PORT
  The port on which chef-zero will listen.
  Use to view colored output.
-d DISTRO, --distro DISTRO

WARNING: The default bootstrap operation uses the omnibus installer, which means the default template file (chef-full) should work on all supported platforms. It is recommended to use custom bootstrap templates only when the omnibus installer cannot be used. The .erb file extension is added automatically and should not be passed as part of the bootstrap command.

The template file to be used during a bootstrap operation. The following distributions are supported: chef-full (the default bootstrap), centos5-gems, fedora13-gems, ubuntu10.04-gems, ubuntu10.04-apt, ubuntu12.04-gems, and the name of a custom bootstrap template file. When this option is used, Knife will search for the template file in the following order: the bootstrap/ folder in the current working directory, the bootstrap/ folder in the chef-repo, the bootstrap/ folder in the ~/.chef/ directory, or a default bootstrap file. Do not use the --template-file option when --distro is specified.
  Use to have Knife use the default value instead of asking a user to provide one.
  Use to prevent the $EDITOR from being opened and to accept data as-is.
-e EDITOR, --editor EDITOR
  The $EDITOR that is used for all interactive commands.
  The name of the environment. When this option is added to a command, the command will run only against the named environment.
-F FORMAT, --format FORMAT
  The output format: summary (default), text, json, yaml, and pp.
-G GATEWAY, --ssh-gateway GATEWAY
  The SSH tunnel or gateway that is used to run a bootstrap action on a machine that is not accessible from the workstation.
-h, --help Shows help for the command.
  An Ohai hint to be set on the target of the bootstrap. The hint is contained in a file and is formatted as JSON: {"attribute":"value","attribute":"value"...}. HINT_NAME is the name of the hint and HINT_FILE is the name of the hint file located at /etc/chef/ohai/hints/HINT_FILE.json. Use multiple --hint options in the command to specify multiple hints.
  Use --no-host-key-verify to disable host key verification. Default setting: --host-key-verify.
  The SSH identity file used for authentication. Key-based authentication is recommended.
-j JSON_ATTRIBS, --json-attributes JSON_ATTRIBS
  A JSON string that is added to the first run of a chef-client.
-k KEY, --key KEY
  The private key that Knife will use to sign requests made by the API client to the Chef server.
-N NAME, --node-name NAME
  The name of the node.
-p PORT, --ssh-port PORT
  The SSH port.
-P PASSWORD, --ssh-password PASSWORD
  The SSH password. This can be used to pass the password directly on the command line. If this option is not specified (and a password is required) Knife will prompt for the password.
  Use to install pre-release gems.
  Use to show data after a destructive operation.
-r RUN_LIST, --run-list RUN_LIST
  A comma-separated list of roles and/or recipes to be applied.
-s URL, --server-url URL
  The URL for the Chef server.
--secret SECRET
  The encryption key that is used for values contained within a data bag item.
--secret-file FILE
  The path to the file that contains the encryption key.
--sudo Use to execute a bootstrap operation with sudo.
--template-file TEMPLATE
  The path to a template file that will be used during a bootstrap operation. Do not use the --distro option when --template-file is specified.
-u USER, --user USER
  The user name used by Knife to sign requests made by the API client to the Chef server. Authentication will fail if the user name does not match the private key.
  Use to perform a bootstrap operation with sudo; specify the password with the -P (or --ssh-password) option.
-v, --version
  The version of the chef-client.
-V, --verbose
  Set for more verbose outputs. Use -VV for maximum verbosity.
-V -V Use to run the initial chef-client run at the debug log-level (e.g. chef-client -l debug).
-x USERNAME, --ssh-user USERNAME
  The SSH user name.
-y, --yes Use to respond to all confirmation prompts with "Yes". Knife will not ask for confirmation.
-z, --local-mode
  Use to run the chef-client in local mode. This allows all commands that work against the Chef server to also work against the local chef-repo.


$ knife bootstrap -x username -P PASSWORD --sudo

$ knife bootstrap -x username -i ~/.ssh/id_rsa --sudo




Search for    or go to Top of page |  Section 1 |  Main Index

KNIFE-BOOTSTRAP (1) Chef 11.14

Powered by GSP Visit the GSP FreeBSD Man Page Interface.
Output converted with manServer 1.07.