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Manual Reference Pages  -  RAZOR-ADMIN (1)

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"razor-admin" - Razor Registering Agent



    razor-admin [options]  [ -register | -create | -discover ]


razor-admin is the Razor Agent that performs administrative functions, most notably registering (-register)


razor-admin must have one of the following arguments:
-register Registers a new identity, used for authenticating with Razor Nomination Servers. Identities are a user + password pair stored in <razorhome>/identity-<user>. The first time razor-admin -register exits successfully, a symlink identity is created to point to the active identity-<user> file. After that, new identities can be created, but in order to use them the symlink identity must be changed to point to them. In general, it should be called once from the command line. Exits 0 for success, exits 1 on failure with a human-readable output message.

Both razor-report(1) and razor-revoke(1) require user authentication to work, razor-check(1) does not. This allows the Razor Nomination Server to keep track of how many messages a user reports and revokes. The more messages a user correctly reports and/or correctly revokes, the more trust the user earns. Likewise, when messages are incorrectly reported or revoked, the trust goes down for that user. Highly trusted users will have the most affect on the Razor database.

-discover Force discovery. This will create server.*.lst files in <razorhome>.
-create Explicitly creates razor-agent.conf file in <razorhome>, as well as <razorhome> if it does not exist. Normally loads /usr/local/etc/razor-agent.conf if it exists, using defaults for anything not found. Does not attempt to register with server, but will do discovery, see -discover.


razor-admin takes following optional arguments:
-h Print a usage message and exit.
-v Print the version number and exit.
-d | --verbose Print debugging information.
-debuglevel=n | -dl=n Set debug level to ’n’. Default is 3 without -d option, 9 with.
-s Simulate a check. Do everything except talk to the server.
-conf=filename Specifies an alternate configuration file. If not specified, it is computed, see razor-agents(1) manpage for details. See razor-agent.conf(5) manpage for various configuration options. The default is <razorhome>/razor-agent.conf.
-home=directory Specify razorhome directory. This is where the configuration file, logfiles, identities, and server files live. If not specified, it is computed, see razor-agents(1) manpage for details.
-logfile=file Specify file to log to instead of what is in the configuration file. The default is <razorhome>/razor-agent.log.
-ident=filename Specify an identify file to use for storing a newly registered identity. If not specified, <razorhome>/identity-<user> is used. Use this Razor Nomination Server instead of reading servers.nomination.lst. Request to be known as this username. Must be less than 64 chars and may contain A-Z, a-z, 0-9, as well printable chars [ex: - _ @ . + / ]. If not specified, a username will be assigned. Razor users are encouraged to use their email addresses as their username.
-pass=password Request this password. Valid chars are the same as for -user. If not specified, it will be assigned.
-l The identity created during this razor-admin becomes the default. Normally, the first identity file created by razor-admin is the default one used.


razor-admin -d -create With no global razorhome defined (default) in /usr/local/etc/razor-agents.conf, creates .razor directory in user’s home directory.

With global razorhome defined in /usr/local/etc/razor-agents.conf, will try to use that one, will fail if it does not have correct permissions.

razor-admin -register Registers a new identity, storing it in <lt>razorhome<gt>. User and pass will be server generated. An identity is required for razor-report(1) and razor-revoke(1).
razor-admin -register -user Attempts to register a new identity using the user name ’me\’. Will fail if user is already taken.
razor-admin -d -create -home=/home/me/.razor Creates .razor directory in user’s home directory, which will then be the default home unless specified from cmd-line. Sends debugging information to stdout, and does not talk to any Razor Servers.
razor-admin -d -create -home=/usr/local/etc Creates global razorhome, /usr/local/etc. This is the magic directory that will be consulted if no razorhome is specified on the cmd-line or found in user’s home directory.


Vipul Ved Prakash <>, and Chad Norwood <>


razor-agents(1), razor-agent.conf(5), razor-check(1), razor-report(1), razor-revoke(1), razor-whitelist(5)


This is free software, distributed under the ARTISTIC license.
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