puppet master Man Page

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puppet-master - The puppet master daemon


The central puppet server. Functions as a certificate authority by default.


puppet master [-D|--daemonize|--no-daemonize] [-d|--debug] [-h|--help] [-l|--logdest file|console|syslog] [-v|--verbose] [-V|--version] [--compile node-name]


This command starts an instance of puppet master, running as a daemon and using Ruby's built-in Webrick webserver. Puppet master can also be managed by other application servers; when this is the case, this executable is not used.


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 http://docs.puppetlabs.com/puppet/latest/reference/configuration.html for the full list of acceptable parameters. A commented list of all configuration options can also be generated by running puppet master with '--genconfig'.


Send the process into the background. This is the default.


Do not send the process into the background.


Enable full debugging.


Print this help message.


Where to send messages. Choose between syslog, the console, and a log file. Defaults to sending messages to syslog, or the console if debugging or verbosity is enabled.


Enable verbosity.


Print the puppet version number and exit.


Compile a catalogue and output it in JSON from the puppet master. Uses facts contained in the $vardir/yaml/ directory to compile the catalog.


puppet master


When running as a standalone daemon, puppet master accepts the following signals:

Restart the puppet master server.
Shut down the puppet master server.
Close file descriptors for log files and reopen them. Used with logrotate.


Luke Kanies

Copyright (c) 2011 Puppet Labs, LLC Licensed under the Apache 2.0 License

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