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bundlewrap - Decentralized configuration management system with Python


bundlewrap [-h] [-a] [-A] [-d] [-r DIRECTORY] [--version] {apply, debug, groups, hash, items, lock, metadata, nodes, plot, repo, run, stats, test, verify, zen} ...


BundleWrap fills the gap between complex deployments using Chef or Puppet and old school system administration over SSH. You do not need to know any Python in order to use Bundlewrap, but you can easily extend your bundles using Python.

While most other config management systems rely on a client-server architecture, BundleWrap works off a repository cloned to your local machine.

It then automates the process of SSHing into your servers and making sure everything is configured the way it's supposed to be. You won't have to install anything on managed servers.


-h, --help show this help message and exit

set StrictHostKeyChecking=no instead of yes for SSH
treat unknown node names as adhoc 'virtual' nodes that receive configuration only through groups whose member_patterns match the node name given on the command line (which also has to be a resolvable hostname)
print debugging info (implies -v)
Look for repository at this path (defaults to current working directory)
show program's version number and exit


use 'bw <subcommand> --help' for more info

Applies the configuration defined in your repository to your nodes
Start an interactive Python shell for this repository
Lists groups in this repository (deprecated, use `bw nodes -a`)
Shows a SHA1 hash that summarizes the entire configuration for this repo, node, group, or item.
List and preview items for a specific node
Manage locks on nodes used to prevent collisions between BundleWrap users
View a JSON representation of a node's metadata
List all nodes in this repository
Generates DOT output that can be piped into `dot -Tsvg -ooutput.svg`. The resulting output.svg can be viewed using most browsers.
Various subcommands to manipulate your repository
Run a one-off command on a number of nodes
Show some statistics about your repository
Test your repository for consistency (you can use this with a CI tool like Jenkins)
Inspect the health or 'correctness' of a node without changing it


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This manual page was written by Jonathan Carter <> Bundlewrap was written by Torsten Rehn <>

September 16 2016 Bundlewrap