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       knife-exec - The man page for the knife exec subcommand.

       The knife exec subcommand uses the knife configuration file to execute Ruby scripts in the
       context of a fully configured chef-client. This subcommand  is  most  often  used  to  run
       scripts  that  will only access Chef server one time (or otherwise very infrequently). Use
       this subcommand any time that an operation does  not  warrant  full  usage  of  the  knife
       subcommand library.

       Authenticated API Requests

       The  knife  exec  subcommand  can  be  used to make authenticated API requests to the Chef
       server using the following methods:

                            │Method     │ Description                      │
                            │api.delete │ Use to delete an object from the │
                            │           │ Chef server.                     │
                            │api.get    │ Use  to  get  the  details of an │
                            │           │ object on the Chef server.       │
                            │   │ Use to add an object to the Chef │
                            │           │ server.                          │
                            │api.put    │ Use  to  update an object on the │
                            │           │ Chef server.                     │

       These methods are used with the -E option, which  executes  that  string  locally  on  the
       workstation using chef-shell. These methods have the following syntax:

          $ knife exec -E 'api.method(/endpoint)'


       · api.method is the corresponding authentication method --- api.delete, api.get,,
         or api.put

       · /endpoint is an endpoint in the Chef server API

       For example, to get the data for a node named "Example_Node":

          $ knife exec -E 'puts api.get("/nodes/Example_Node")'

       and to ensure that the output is visible in the console, add the puts in front of the  API
       authorization request:

          $ knife exec -E 'puts api.get("/nodes/Example_Node")'

       where puts is the shorter version of the $stdout.puts predefined variable in Ruby.

       The  following  example  shows  how  to  add a client named "IBM305RAMAC" and the /clients
       endpoint, and then return the private key for that user in the console:

          $ client_desc = {
              "name"  => "IBM305RAMAC",
              "admin" => false

            new_client ="/clients", client_desc)
            puts new_client["private_key"]


       This subcommand has the following syntax:

          $ knife exec SCRIPT (options)


       This subcommand has the following options:

       -c CONFIG_FILE, --config CONFIG_FILE
              The configuration file to use.

       --chef-zero-port PORT
              The port on which chef-zero will listen.

              Use to view colored output.

       -d, --disable-editing
              Use to prevent the $EDITOR from being opened and to accept data as-is.

              Use to have knife use the default value instead of asking a user to provide one.

       -E CODE, --exec CODE
              A string of code that will be executed.

       -e EDITOR, --editor EDITOR
              The $EDITOR that is used for all interactive commands.

       --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.

       -p PATH:PATH, --script-path PATH:PATH
              A colon-separated path at which Ruby scripts are located.

              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, --version
              The version of the chef-client.

       -V, --verbose
              Set for more verbose outputs. Use -VV for maximum verbosity.

       -y, --yes
              Use  to  respond  to  all  confirmation  prompts with "Yes". knife will not ask for

       -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.


       There are three ways to use knife exec to run Ruby script files. For example:

          $ knife exec /path/to/script_file


          $ knife exec -E 'RUBY CODE'


          $ knife exec
          RUBY CODE

       To check the status of knife using a Ruby script named status.rb (which looks like):

          printf "%-5s %-12s %-8s %s\n", "Check In", "Name", "Ruby", "Recipes"
          nodes.all do |n|
             checkin =['ohai_time']).strftime("%F %R")
             rubyver = n['languages']['ruby']['version']
             recipes = n.run_list.expand(_default).recipes.join(", ")
             printf "%-20s %-12s %-8s %s\n", checkin,, rubyver, recipes

       and is located in a directory named scripts/, enter:

          $ knife exec scripts/status.rb

       To show the available free memory for all nodes, enter:

          $ knife exec -E 'nodes.all {|n| puts "#{} has #{} free memory"}'

       To list all of the available search indexes, enter:

          $ knife exec -E 'puts api.get("search").keys'

       To  query  a  node  for multiple attributes using a Ruby script named search_attributes.rb
       (which looks like):

          % cat scripts/search_attributes.rb
          query = ARGV[2]
          attributes = ARGV[3].split(",")
          puts "Your query: #{query}"
          puts "Your attributes: #{attributes.join(" ")}"
          results = {}
          search(:node, query) do |n|
             results[] = {}
             attributes.each {|a| results[][a] = n[a]}

          puts results
          exit 0


          % knife exec scripts/search_attributes.rb "hostname:test_system" ipaddress,fqdn

       to return something like:

          Your query: hostname:test_system
          Your attributes: ipaddress fqdn
          {""=>{"ipaddress"=>"", "fqdn"=>""}}



                                            Chef 12.0                               KNIFE-EXEC(1)