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salt-ssh - salt-ssh Documentation \$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]


     Target Selection
     Logging Options
     Output Options
See Also


salt-ssh \(aq*\(aq [ options ] sys.doc

salt-ssh -E \(aq.*\(aq [ options ] sys.doc cmd


Salt SSH allows for salt routines to be executed using only SSH for transport


-r, --raw, --raw-shell
  Execute a raw shell command.
--priv Specify the SSH private key file to be used for authentication.
  Define which roster system to use, this defines if a database backend, scanner, or custom roster system is used. Default is the flat file roster.
  Define an alternative location for the default roster file location. The default roster file is called roster and is found in the same directory as the master config file.

New in version 2014.1.0.

--refresh, --refresh-cache
  Force a refresh of the master side data cache of the target\(aqs data. This is needed if a target\(aqs grains have been changed and the auto refresh timeframe has not been reached.
  Set the number of concurrent minions to communicate with. This value defines how many processes are opened up at a time to manage connections, the more running process the faster communication should be, default is 25.
-i, --ignore-host-keys
  Ignore the ssh host keys which by default are honored and connections would ask for approval.
  Set the default password to attempt to use when authenticating.
  Set this flag to attempt to deploy the authorized ssh key with all minions. This combined with --passwd can make initial deployment of keys very fast and easy.
  Print the version of Salt that is running.
  Show program\(aqs dependencies and version number, and then exit
-h, --help Show the help message and exit
-c CONFIG_DIR, --config-dir=CONFIG_dir
  The location of the Salt configuration directory. This directory contains the configuration files for Salt master and minions. The default location on most systems is /etc/salt.

    Target Selection

-E, --pcre The target expression will be interpreted as a PCRE regular expression rather than a shell glob.
-L, --list The target expression will be interpreted as a comma-delimited list; example:,,example7.quo.qux
-G, --grain
  The target expression matches values returned by the Salt grains system on the minions. The target expression is in the format of \(aq<grain value>:<glob expression>\(aq; example: \(aqos:Arch*\(aq

This was changed in version 0.9.8 to accept glob expressions instead of regular expression. To use regular expression matching with grains, use the --grain-pcre option.

  The target expression matches values returned by the Salt grains system on the minions. The target expression is in the format of \(aq<grain value>:< regular expression>\(aq; example: \(aqos:Arch.*\(aq
-N, --nodegroup
  Use a predefined compound target defined in the Salt master configuration file.
-R, --range
  Instead of using shell globs to evaluate the target, use a range expression to identify targets. Range expressions look like %cluster.

Using the Range option requires that a range server is set up and the location of the range server is referenced in the master configuration file.

    Logging Options

Logging options which override any settings defined on the configuration files.
-l LOG_LEVEL, --log-level=LOG_LEVEL
  Console logging log level. One of all, garbage, trace, debug, info, warning, error, quiet. Default: warning.

  Log file path. Default: /var/log/salt/ssh.
  Logfile logging log level. One of all, garbage, trace, debug, info, warning, error, quiet. Default: warning.

    Output Options

--out Pass in an alternative outputter to display the return of data. This outputter can be any of the available outputters: grains, highstate, json, key, overstatestage, pprint, raw, txt, yaml

Some outputters are formatted only for data returned from specific functions; for instance, the grains outputter will not work for non-grains data.

If an outputter is used that does not support the data passed into it, then Salt will fall back on the pprint outputter and display the return data using the Python pprint standard library module.

NOTE: If using --out=json, you will probably want --static as well. Without the static option, you will get a separate JSON string per minion which makes JSON output invalid as a whole. This is due to using an iterative outputter. So if you want to feed it to a JSON parser, use --static as well.
--out-indent OUTPUT_INDENT, --output-indent OUTPUT_INDENT
  Print the output indented by the provided value in spaces. Negative values disable indentation. Only applicable in outputters that support indentation.
--out-file=OUTPUT_FILE, --output-file=OUTPUT_FILE
  Write the output to the specified file.
  Disable all colored output
  Force colored output

NOTE: When using colored output the color codes are as follows:

green denotes success, red denotes failure, blue denotes changes and success and yellow denotes a expected future change in configuration.


salt(7) salt-master(1) salt-minion(1)


Thomas S. Hatch <> and many others, please see the Authors file


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