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       cf-promises - validate and analyze CFEngine policy code


       cf-promises [OPTION]...  [FILE]


       cf-promises  is  a  tool  for  checking CFEngine policy code. It operates by first parsing
       policy code checing for syntax errors.  Second,  it  validates  the  integrity  of  policy
       consisting  of  multiple  files.  Third,  it  checks  for  semantic  errors, e.g. specific
       attribute  set  rules.  Finally,  cf-promises  attempts  to  expose  errors  by  partially
       evaluating  the  policy,  resolving  as  many  variable  and classes promise statements as
       possible. At no point does cf-promises make any changes to the system.


       --eval-functions, -
              Evaluate functions  during  syntax  checking  (may  catch  more  run-time  errors).
              Possible values: 'yes', 'no'. Default is 'yes'

       --show-classes, -
              Show discovered classes, including those defined in common bundles in policy

       --show-vars, -
              Show  discovered  variables,  including  those  defined without dependency to user-
              defined classes in policy

       --help, -h
              Print the help message

       --bundlesequence, -b
              Use the specified bundlesequence for verification

       --debug, -d
              Enable debugging output

       --verbose, -v
              Output verbose information about the behaviour of the agent

       --dry-run, -n
              All talk and no action mode - make no changes, only inform of promises not kept

       --version, -V
              Output the version of the software

       --file, -f
              Specify an alternative input file than the default

       --define, -D
              Define a list of comma separated classes to be defined at the start of execution

       --negate, -N
              Define a list of comma separated classes to be undefined at the start of execution

       --inform, -I
              Print basic information about changes made to the system, i.e. promises repaired

       --diagnostic, -x
              Activate internal diagnostics (developers only)

       --reports, -r
              Generate reports about configuration and insert into CFDB

       --policy-output-format, -p
              Output the parsed policy. Possible values: 'none', 'cf', 'json'. Default is 'none'.

       --syntax-description, -s
              Output  a  document  describing the available syntax elements of CFEngine. Possible
              values: 'none', 'json'. Default is 'none'.

       --full-check, -c
              Ensure full policy integrity checks

       --warn, -W
              Pass  comma-separated   <warnings>|all   to   enable   non-default   warnings,   or

       --legacy-output, -l
              Use legacy output format

       --color, -C
              Enable  colorized  output. Possible values: 'always', 'auto', 'never'. If option is
              used, the default value is 'auto'

       --tag-release, -T
              Tag   a    directory    with    with    cf_promises_validated    and


       CFEngine  provides  automated  configuration management of large-scale computer systems. A
       system administrator describes the desired state of a system using CFEngine  policy  code.
       The  program  cf-agent reads policy code and attempts to bring the current system state to
       the desired state described. Policy code is  downloaded  by  cf-agent  from  a  cf-serverd
       daemon. The daemon cf-execd is responsible for running cf-agent periodically.
       Documentation for CFEngine is available at


       CFEngine  is  built  on  principles from promise theory, proposed by Mark Burgess in 2004.
       Promise theory is a model of voluntary cooperation between individual,  autonomous  actors
       or  agents  who publish their intentions to one another in the form of promises. A promise
       is a declaration of intent whose purpose is to increase the recipient's certainty about  a
       claim  of  past,  present  or  future  behaviour. For a promise to increase certainty, the
       recipient needs to trust the promiser, but trust can also be  built  on  the  verification
       that  previous  promises  have  been  kept, thus trust plays a symbiotic relationship with
       For an introduction to promise theory, please see


       cf-promises is part of CFEngine.
       Binary packages may be downloaded from
       The source code is available at


       Please see the public bug-tracker at
       GitHub pull-requests may be submitted to


       cf-promises(8), cf-agent(8), cf-serverd(8), cf-execd(8),  cf-monitord(8),  cf-runagent(8),


       Mark Burgess and CFEngine AS