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bcfg2.conf - Configuration parameters for Bcfg2

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NAME

bcfg2.conf - Configuration parameters for Bcfg2

DESCRIPTION

bcfg2.conf includes configuration parameters for the Bcfg2 server and client.

FILE FORMAT

The file is INI-style and consists of sections and options. A section begins with the name of the sections in square brackets and continues until the next section begins.
 
Options are specified in the form "name=value".
 
The file is line-based each newline-terminated line represents either a comment, a section name or an option.
 
Any line beginning with a hash (#) is ignored, as are lines containing only whitespace.

SERVER OPTIONS

These options are only necessary on the Bcfg2 server. They are specified in the [server] section of the configuration file.
repository
Specifies the path to the Bcfg2 repository containing all of the configuration specifications. The repository should be created using the bcfg2-admin init command.
filemonitor
The file monitor used to watch for changes in the repository. The default is the best available monitor. The following values are valid:
 
inotify
gamin
pseudo


fam_blocking
Whether the server should block at startup until the file monitor backend has processed all events. This can cause a slower startup, but ensure that all files are recognized before the first client is handled. Defaults to True.
ignore_files
A comma-separated list of globs that should be ignored by the file monitor. Default values are:
 
*~
*#
#*
*.swp
*.swpx
*.swx
SCCS
.svn
4913
.gitignore


listen_all
This setting tells the server to listen on all available interfaces. The default is to only listen on those interfaces specified by the bcfg2 setting in the components section of bcfg2.conf.
plugins
A comma-delimited list of enabled server plugins. Currently available plugins are:
 
ACL
Bundler
Bzr
Cfg
Cvs
Darcs
Decisions
Defaults
Deps
FileProbes
Fossil
Git
GroupLogic
GroupPatterns
Guppy
Hg
Ldap
Metadata
NagiosGen
Ohai
Packages
Pkgmgr
POSIXCompat
Probes
Properties
PuppetENC
Reporting
Rules
SEModules
ServiceCompat
SSHbase
Svn
TemplateHelper
Trigger


 
Descriptions of each plugin can be found in their respective sections below.
prefix
Specifies a prefix if the Bcfg2 installation isn't placed in the default location (e.g. /usr/local).
backend
Specifies which server core backend to use. Current available options are:
 
cherrypy
builtin
best


 
The default is best, which is currently an alias for builtin. More details on the backends can be found in the official documentation.
user
The username or UID to run the daemon as. Default is 0.
group
The group name or GID to run the daemon as. Default is 0.
vcs_root
Specifies the path to the root of the VCS working copy that holds your Bcfg2 specification, if it is different from repository. E.g., if the VCS repository does not hold the bcfg2 data at the top level, you may need to set this option.
umask
The umask to set for the server. Default is 0077.

SERVER PLUGINS

This section has a listing of all the plugins currently provided with Bcfg2.

ACL Plugin

The ACL plugin controls which hosts can make which XML-RPC calls.

Bundler Plugin

The Bundler plugin is used to describe groups of inter-dependent configuration entries, such as the combination of packages, configuration files, and service activations that comprise typical Unix daemons. Bundles are used to add groups of configuration entries to the inventory of client configurations, as opposed to describing particular versions of those entries.

Bzr Plugin

The Bzr plugin allows you to track changes to your Bcfg2 repository using a GNU Bazaar version control backend. Currently, it enables you to get revision information out of your repository for reporting purposes.

Cfg Plugin

The Cfg plugin provides a repository to describe configuration file contents for clients. In its simplest form, the Cfg repository is just a directory tree modeled off of the directory tree on your client machines.

Cvs Plugin

The Cvs plugin allows you to track changes to your Bcfg2 repository using a Concurrent version control backend. Currently, it enables you to get revision information out of your repository for reporting purposes.

Darcs Plugin

The Darcs plugin allows you to track changes to your Bcfg2 repository using a Darcs version control backend. Currently, it enables you to get revision information out of your repository for reporting purposes.

Decisions Plugin

The Decisions plugin has support for a centralized set of per-entry installation decisions. This approach is needed when particular changes are deemed " high risk"; this gives the ability to centrally specify these changes, but only install them on clients when administrator supervision is available.

Defaults Plugin

The Defaults plugin can be used to populate default attributes for entries. Defaults is not a Generator plugin, so it does not actually bind an entry; Defaults are applied after an entry has been bound, and only populate attributes that are not yet set.

Deps Plugin

The Deps plugin allows you to make a series of assertions like "Package X requires Package Y (and optionally also Package Z etc.)"

FileProbes Plugin

The FileProbes plugin allows you to probe a client for a file, which is then added to the Cfg specification. If the file changes on the client, FileProbes can either update it in the specification or allow Cfg to replace it.

Fossil Plugin

The Fossil plugin allows you to track changes to your Bcfg2 repository using a Fossil SCM version control backend. Currently, it enables you to get revision information out of your repository for reporting purposes.

Git Plugin

The Git plugin allows you to track changes to your Bcfg2 repository using a Git version control backend. Currently, it enables you to get revision information out of your repository for reporting purposes.

GroupLogic Plugin

The GroupLogic plugin lets you flexibly assign group membership with a Genshi template.

GroupPatterns Plugin

The GroupPatterns plugin is a connector that can assign clients group membership based on patterns in client hostnames.

Guppy Plugin

The Guppy plugin is used to trace memory leaks within the bcfg2-server process using Guppy.

Hg Plugin

The Hg plugin allows you to track changes to your Bcfg2 repository using a Mercurial version control backend. Currently, it enables you to get revision information out of your repository for reporting purposes.

Ldap Plugin

The Ldap plugin makes it possible to fetch data from a LDAP directory, process it and attach it to your metadata.

Metadata Plugin

The Metadata plugin is the primary method of specifying Bcfg2 server metadata.

NagiosGen Plugin

The NagiosGen plugin dynamically generates Nagios configuration files based on Bcfg2 data.

Ohai Plugin

The Ohai plugin is used to detect information about the client operating system. The data is reported back to the server using JSON.

Packages Plugin

The Packages plugin is an alternative to Pkgmgr for specifying package entries for clients. Where Pkgmgr explicitly specifies package entry information, Packages delegates control of package version information to the underlying package manager, installing the latest version available from through those channels.

Pkgmgr Plugin

The Pkgmgr plugin resolves the Abstract Configuration Entity "Package" to a package specification that the client can use to detect, verify and install the specified package.

POSIXCompat Plugin

The POSIXCompat plugin provides a compatibility layer for 1.3 POSIX Entries so that they are compatible with older clients.

Probes Plugin

The Probes plugin gives you the ability to gather information from a client machine before you generate its configuration. This information can be used with the various templating systems to generate configuration based on the results.

Properties Plugin

The Properties plugin is a connector plugin that adds information from properties files into client metadata instances.

PuppetENC Plugin

The PuppetENC plugin is a connector plugin that adds support for Puppet External Node Classifiers.

Reporting Plugin

The Reporting plugin enables the collection of data for use with Bcfg2's dynamic reporting system.

Rules Plugin

The Rules plugin provides literal configuration entries that resolve the abstract configuration entries normally found in Bundler. The literal entries in Rules are suitable for consumption by the appropriate client drivers.

SEModules Plugin

The SEModules plugin provides a way to distribute SELinux modules via Bcfg2.

ServiceCompat Plugin

The ServiceCompat plugin converts service entries for older clients.

SSHbase Plugin

The SSHbase generator plugin manages ssh host keys (both v1 and v2) for hosts. It also manages the ssh_known_hosts file. It can integrate host keys from other management domains and similarly export its keys.

Svn Plugin

The Svn plugin allows you to track changes to your Bcfg2 repository using a Subversion backend. Currently, it enables you to get revision information out of your repository for reporting purposes.

Trigger Plugin

The Trigger plugin provides a method for calling external scripts when clients are configured.

CACHING OPTIONS

These options are specified in the [caching] section.
client_metadata
The following four caching modes are available for client metadata:
off: No caching of client metadata objects is performed. This is the default.
initial: Only initial metadata objects are cached. Initial metadata objects are created only from the data in the Metadata plugin, before additional groups from other plugins are merged in.
cautious: Final metadata objects are cached, but each client’s cache is cleared at the start of each client run, immediately after probe data is received. Cache is also cleared as in aggressive mode. on is a synonym for cautious.
aggressive: Final metadata objects are cached. Each plugin is responsible for clearing cache when appropriate.




CLIENT OPTIONS

These options only affect client functionality. They can be specified in the [client] section.
decision
Specify the server decision list mode (whitelist or blacklist). (This settiing will be ignored if the client is called with the -f option).
drivers
Specify tool driver set to use. This option can be used to explicitly specify the client tool drivers you want to use when the client is run.
paranoid
Run the client in paranoid mode.
profile
Assert the given profile for the host.



COMMUNICATION OPTIONS

Specified in the [communication] section. These options define settings used for client-server communication.
ca
The path to a file containing the CA certificate. This file is required on the server, and optional on clients. However, if the cacert is not present on clients, the server cannot be verified.
certificate
The path to a file containing a PEM formatted certificate which signs the key with the ca certificate. This setting is required on the server in all cases, and required on clients if using client certificates.
key
Specifies the path to a file containing the SSL Key. This is required on the server in all cases, and required on clients if using client certificates.
password
Required on both the server and clients. On the server, sets the password clients need to use to communicate. On a client, sets the password to use to connect to the server.
protocol
Communication protocol to use. Defaults to xmlrpc/tlsv1.
retries
A client-only option. Number of times to retry network communication. Default is 3 retries.
retry_delay
A client-only option. Number of seconds to wait in between retrying network communication. Default is 1 second.
serverCommonNames
A client-only option. A colon-separated list of Common Names the client will accept in the SSL certificate presented by the server.
timeout
A client-only option. The network communication timeout.
user
A client-only option. The UUID of the client.



COMPONENT OPTIONS

Specified in the [components] section.
bcfg2
URL of the server. On the server this specifies which interface and port the server listens on. On the client, this specifies where the client will attempt to contact the server.
 
e.g. bcfg2 = https://10.3.1.6:6789
encoding
Text encoding of configuration files. Defaults to UTF-8.
lockfile
The path to the client lock file, which is used to ensure that only one Bcfg2 client runs at a time on a single client.



LOGGING OPTIONS

Specified in the [logging] section. These options control the server logging functionality.
debug
Whether or not to enable debug-level log output. Default is false.
path
Server log file path.
syslog
Whether or not to send logging data to syslog. Default is true.
verbose
Whether or not to enable verbose log output. Default is false.



MDATA OPTIONS

Specified in the [mdata] section. These options affect the default metadata settings for Paths with type='file'.
owner
Global owner for Paths (defaults to root)
group
Global group for Paths (defaults to root)
mode
Global permissions for Paths (defaults to 644)
secontext
Global SELinux context for Path entries (defaults to __default__, which restores the expected context)
paranoid
Global paranoid settings for Paths (defaults to false)
sensitive
Global sensitive settings for Paths (defaults to false)
important
Global important settings for Paths. Defaults to false.



PACKAGES OPTIONS

The following options are specified in the [packages] section.
backends
Comma separated list of backends for the dependency resolution. Default is "Yum,Apt,Pac,Pkgng".
resolver
Enable dependency resolution. Default is 1 (true).
metadata
Enable metadata processing. Default is 1 (true). If metadata is disabled, it’s implied that resolver is also disabled.
yum_config
The path at which to generate Yum configs. No default.
apt_config
The path at which to generate APT configs. No default.
gpg_keypath
The path on the client where RPM GPG keys will be copied before they are imported on the client. Default is /etc/pki/rpm-gpg.
version
Set the version attribute used when binding Packages. Default is auto.



 
The following options are specified in the [packages:yum] section.
use_yum_libraries
By default, Bcfg2 uses an internal implementation of Yum’s dependency resolution and other routines so that the Bcfg2 server can be run on a host that does not support Yum itself. If you run the Bcfg2 server on a machine that does have Yum libraries, however, you can enable use of those native libraries in Bcfg2 by setting this to 1.
helper
Path to bcfg2-yum-helper. By default, Bcfg2 looks first in $PATH and then in /usr/sbin/bcfg2-yum-helper for the helper.



 
The following options are specified in the [packages:pulp] section.
username
The username of a Pulp user that will be used to register new clients and bind them to repositories.
password
The password of a Pulp user that will be used to register new clients and bind them to repositories.



 
All other options in the [packages:yum] section will be passed along verbatim to the Yum configuration if you are using the native Yum library support.

PARANOID OPTIONS

These options allow for finer-grained control of the paranoid mode on the Bcfg2 client. They are specified in the [paranoid] section of the configuration file.
path
Custom path for backups created in paranoid mode. The default is in /var/cache/bcfg2.
max_copies
Specify a maximum number of copies for the server to keep when running in paranoid mode. Only the most recent versions of these copies will be kept.



SSL CA OPTIONS

These options are necessary to configure the SSL CA feature of the Cfg plugin and can be found in the [sslca_default] section of the configuration file.
config
Specifies the location of the openssl configuration file for your CA.
passphrase
Specifies the passphrase for the CA’s private key (if necessary). If no passphrase exists, it is assumed that the private key is stored unencrypted.
chaincert
Specifies the location of your ssl chaining certificate. This is used when pre-existing certifcate hostfiles are found, so that they can be validated and only regenerated if they no longer meet the specification. If you’re using a self signing CA this would be the CA cert that you generated.



DATABASE OPTIONS

Server-only, specified in the [database] section. These options control the database connection of the server.
engine
The database engine used by server plugins. One of the following:
 
postgresql
mysql
sqlite3
ado_mssql


name
The name of the database to use for server data. If 'database_engine' is set to 'sqlite3' this is a file path to the sqlite file and defaults to $REPOSITORY_DIR/etc/bcfg2.sqlite.
user
User for database connections. Not used for sqlite3.
password
Password for database connections. Not used for sqlite3.
host
Host for database connections. Not used for sqlite3.
port
Port for database connections. Not used for sqlite3.
options
Various options for the database connection. The value expected is the literal value of the django OPTIONS setting.
reporting_engine
The database engine used by the Reporting plugin. One of the following:
 
   postgresql
   mysql
   sqlite3
   ado_mssql
If reporting_engine is not specified, the Reporting plugin uses the same database as the other server plugins.


reporting_name
The name of the database to use for reporting data. If 'database_engine' is set to 'sqlite3' this is a file path to the sqlite file and defaults to $REPOSITORY_DIR/etc/reporting.sqlite.
reporting_user
User for reporting database connections. Not used for sqlite3.
reporting_password
Password for reporting database connections. Not used for sqlite3.
reporting_host
Host for reporting database connections. Not used for sqlite3.
reporting_port
Port for reporting database connections. Not used for sqlite3.
reporting_options
Various options for the reporting database connection. The value expected is the literal value of the django OPTIONS setting.



REPORTING OPTIONS

config
Specifies the location of the reporting configuration (default is /etc/bcfg2-web.conf.
time_zone
Specifies a time zone other than that used on the system. (Note that this will cause the Bcfg2 server to log messages in this time zone as well).
web_debug
Turn on Django debugging.
max_children
Maximum number of children for the reporting collector. Use 0 to disable the limit. (default is 0)
django_settings
Arbitrary options for the Django installation. The value expected is a literal python dictionary, that is merged with the already set django settings.



SEE ALSO

bcfg2(1), bcfg2-server(8)
November 4, 2014 1.4