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Trigger a puppet agent run on a set of hosts.puppet kick [-a|--all] [-c|--class class] [-d|--debug] [-f|--foreground]

  [-h|--help] [--host <host>] [--no-fqdn] [--ignoreschedules]
  [-t|--tag <tag>] [--test] [-p|--ping] <host> [<host> [...]]
This script can be used to connect to a set of machines running +puppet agent+ and trigger them to run their configurations. The most common usage would be to specify a class of hosts and a set of tags, and +puppet kick+ would look up in LDAP all of the hosts matching that class, then connect to each host and trigger a run of all of the objects with the specified tags.

If you are not storing your host configurations in LDAP, you can specify hosts manually.

You will most likely have to run +puppet kick+ as root to get access to the SSL certificates.

+puppet kick+ reads +puppet master+'s configuration file, so that it can copy things like LDAP settings.+puppet kick+ is useless unless +puppet agent+ is listening. See its documentation for more information, but the gist is that you must enable +listen+ on the +puppet agent+ daemon, either using +--listen+ on the command line or adding 'listen: true' in its config file. In addition, you need to set the daemons up to specifically allow connections by creating the +namespaceauth+ file, normally at '/etc/puppet/namespaceauth.conf'. This file specifies who has access to each namespace; if you create the file you must add every namespace you want any Puppet daemon to allow -- it is currently global to all Puppet daemons.

An example file looks like this::

    allow *

    allow *


This is what you would install on your Puppet master; non-master hosts could leave off the 'fileserver' and 'puppetmaster' namespaces.Note that any configuration parameter that's valid in the configuration file is also a valid long argument. For example, 'ssldir' is a valid configuration parameter, so you can specify '--ssldir directory' as an argument.

See the configuration file documentation at for the full list of acceptable parameters. A commented list of all configuration options can also be generated by running puppet master with '--genconfig'.

all: Connect to all available hosts. Requires LDAP support

             at this point.

class: Specify a class of machines to which to connect. This

             only works if you have LDAP configured, at the moment.

debug: Enable full debugging.

foreground: Run each configuration in the foreground; that is, when

             connecting to a host, do not return until the host has
             finished its run. The default is false.

help: Print this help message

host: A specific host to which to connect. This flag can be

             specified more than once.

ignoreschedules: Whether the client should ignore schedules when running

             its configuration. This can be used to force the client
             to perform work it would not normally perform so soon.
             The default is false.

parallel: How parallel to make the connections. Parallelization

             is provided by forking for each client to which to
             connect. The default is 1, meaning serial execution.

tag: Specify a tag for selecting the objects to apply. Does

             not work with the --test option.

test: Print the hosts you would connect to but do not

             actually connect. This option requires LDAP support at
             this point.


Do a ICMP echo against the target host. Skip hosts that don't respond to ping.sudo puppet kick -p 10 -t remotefile -t webserver host1 host2Luke KaniesCopyright (c) 2005 Puppet Labs, LLC Licensed under the GNU Public License

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