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Manual Reference Pages  -  KNIFE-USER (1)

NAME

knife-user - The man page for the knife user 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]

The knife user subcommand is used to manage the list of users and their associated RSA public key-pairs.

NOTE: This subcommand ONLY works when run against the open source Chef server version 10.x. This subcommand will NOT run against open source Chef server 11, Enterprise Chef (including hosted Enterprise Chef), or Private Chef.

CONTENTS

Common Options
Create
Delete
Edit
List
Reregister
Show
Author

COMMON OPTIONS

The following options may be used with any of the arguments available to the knife user subcommand:
--chef-zero-port PORT
  The port on which chef-zero will listen.
-c CONFIG_FILE, --config CONFIG_FILE
  The configuration file to use.
-d, --disable-editing
  Use to prevent the $EDITOR from being opened and to accept data as-is.
--defaults
  Use to have Knife use the default value instead of asking a user to provide one.
-e EDITOR, --editor EDITOR
  The $EDITOR that is used for all interactive commands.
-E ENVIRONMENT, --environment ENVIRONMENT
  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.
-h, --help Shows help for the command.
-k KEY, --key KEY
  The private key that Knife will use to sign requests made by the API client to the Chef server.
--[no-]color
  Use to view colored output.
--print-after
  Use to show data after a destructive operation.
-s URL, --server-url URL
  The URL for the Chef server.
-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.
-V, --verbose
  Set for more verbose outputs. Use -VV for maximum verbosity.
-v, --version
  The version of the chef-client.
-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.

CREATE

The create argument is used to create a user. This process will generate an RSA key pair for the named user. The public key will be stored on the Chef server and the private key will be displayed on STDOUT or written to a named file.
o For the user, the private key should be copied to the system as /etc/chef/client.pem.
o For Knife, the private key is typically copied to ~/.chef/client_name.pem and referenced in the knife.rb configuration file.

Syntax

This argument has the following syntax:


$ knife user create USER_NAME (options)


Options

This argument has the following options:
-a, --admin
  Use to create a client as an admin client. This is required for any user to access Open Source Chef as an administrator. This option only works when used with the open source Chef server and will have no effect when used with Enterprise Chef.
-f FILE_NAME, --file FILE_NAME
  Use to save a private key to the specified file name.
-p PASSWORD, --password PASSWORD
  The user password.
--user-key FILE_NAME
  All users are assigned a public key. Use to write the public key to a file.

Examples


$ knife user create "Radio Birdman" -f /keys/user_name


DELETE

The delete argument is used to delete a registered user.

Syntax

This argument has the following syntax:


$ knife user delete USER_NAME


Options

This command does not have any specific options.

Examples


$ knife user delete "Steve Danno"


EDIT

The edit argument is used to edit the details of a user. When this argument is run, Knife will open $EDITOR. When finished, Knife will update the Chef server with those changes.

Syntax

This argument has the following syntax:


$ knife user edit USER_NAME


Options

This command does not have any specific options.

Examples

None.

LIST

The list argument is used to view a list of registered users.

Syntax

This argument has the following syntax:


$ knife user list (options)


Options

This argument has the following options:
-w, --with-uri
  Use to show the corresponding URIs.

Examples

None.

REREGISTER

The reregister argument is used to regenerate an RSA key pair for a user. The public key will be stored on the Chef server and the private key will be displayed on STDOUT or written to a named file.

NOTE: Running this argument will invalidate the previous RSA key pair, making it unusable during authentication to the Chef server.

Syntax

This argument has the following syntax:


$ knife user reregister USER_NAME (options)


Options

This argument has the following options:
-f FILE_NAME, --file FILE_NAME
  Use to save a private key to the specified file name.

Examples


$ knife user reregister "Robert Younger"


SHOW

The show argument is used to show the details of a user.

Syntax

This argument has the following syntax:


$ knife user show USER_NAME (options)


Options

This argument has the following options:
-a ATTR, --attribute ATTR
  The attribute (or attributes) to show.

Examples

To view a user named "Dennis Teck", enter:


$ knife user show "Dennis Teck"


to return something like:


chef_type:   user
json_class:  Chef::User
name:        Dennis Teck
public_key:


To view information in JSON format, use the -F common option as part of the command like this:


$ knife user show "Dennis Teck" -F json


(Other formats available include text, yaml, and pp, e.g. -F yaml for YAML.)

AUTHOR

Chef
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