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       cf-agent - evaluate CFEngine policy code and actuate change to the system.


       cf-agent [OPTION]...  [FILE]


       cf-agent  evaluates  policy  code  and  makes  changes  to  the system. Policy bundles are
       evaluated in the order of the provided bundlesequence (this is normally specified  in  the
       common  control  body).  For  each bundle, cf-agent groups promise statements according to
       their type. Promise types are then evaluated in a  preset  order  to  ensure  fast  system
       convergence to policy.


       --bootstrap, -B value
              Bootstrap  CFEngine  to  the  given policy server IP, hostname or :avahi (automatic

       --bundlesequence, -b value
              Set or override bundlesequence from command line

       --workdir, -w value
              Override the default /var/cfengine work directory  for  testing  (same  as  setting

       --debug, -d
              Enable debugging output

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

       --self-diagnostics, -x value
              Run checks to diagnose a CFEngine agent installation

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

       --file, -f value
              Specify  an  alternative  input file than the default. This option is overridden by
              FILE if supplied as argument.

       --help, -h
              Print the help message

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

       --log-level, -g value
              Specify how detailed logs should be. Possible values: 'error', 'warning', 'notice',
              'info', 'verbose', 'debug'

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

       --no-lock, -K
              Ignore  locking  constraints during execution (ifelapsed/expireafter) if "too soon"
              to run

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

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

       --timing-output, -t
              Output timing information on console when in verbose mode

       --trust-server, -T value
              Possible values: 'yes' (default, trust the server when bootstrapping), 'no' (server
              key must already be trusted)

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

       --no-extensions, -E
              Disable extension loading (used while upgrading)

       --timestamp, -l
              Log timestamps on each line of log output

       --log-modules, - value
              Enable even more detailed debug logging for specific areas of  the  implementation.
              Use together with '-d'. Use --log-modules=help for a list of available modules

       --show-evaluated-classes, - value
              Show  *final*  evaluated  classes,  including  those  defined  in common bundles in
              policy. Optionally can take a regular expression.

       --show-evaluated-vars, - value
              Show *final* evaluated variables, including those  defined  without  dependency  to
              user-defined classes in policy. Optionally can take a regular expression.

       --skip-bootstrap-policy-run, -
              Do not run policy as the last step of the bootstrap process

       --skip-db-check, - value
              Do not run database integrity checks and repairs at startup


       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-agent 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 AS