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Scheduling daemon for cf-agent.

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cf-execd - scheduling daemon for cf-agent


cf-execd [OPTION]... [FILE]


cf-execd is the scheduling daemon for cf-agent. It runs cf-agent locally according to a schedule specified in policy code (executor control body). After a cf-agent run is com‐ pleted, cf-execd gathers output from cf-agent, and may be configured to email the output to a specified address. It may also be configured to splay (randomize) the execution schedule to prevent synchronized cf-agent runs across a network.


--help, -h Print the help message --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 value Specify an alternative input file than the default --define, -D value Define a list of comma separated classes to be defined at the start of execution --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 --inform, -I Print basic information about changes made to the system, i.e. promises repaired --diagnostic, -x Activate internal diagnostics (developers only) --no-fork, -F Run as a foreground processes (do not fork) --once, -O Run once and then exit (implies no-fork) --no-winsrv, -W Do not run as a service on windows - use this when running from a command shell (CFEngine Nova only) --ld-library-path, -L value Set the internal value of LD_LIBRARY_PATH for child processes --color, -C value Enable colorized output. Possible values: 'always', 'auto', 'never'. If option is used, the default value is 'auto' --timestamp, -l Log timestamps on each line of log output


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 dae‐ mon. 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 promises. For an introduction to promise theory, please see


cf-execd 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), cf-key(8)


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