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KNIFE-SERVE(1) knife serve KNIFE-SERVE(1)


knife-serve - The man page for the knife serve subcommand.

The knife serve subcommand is used to run a persistent chef-zero against the local chef-repo. (chef-zero is a lightweight Chef server that runs in-memory on the local machine.) This is the same as running the chef-client executable with the --local-mode option. The chef_repo_path is located automatically and the Chef server will bind to the first available port between 8889 and 9999. knife serve will print the URL for the local Chef server, so that it may be added to the knife.rb file.


This subcommand has the following syntax:

$ knife serve (options)


This subcommand has the following options:

The configuration file to use.
--chef-zero-port PORT
The port on which chef-zero will listen.
-d, --disable-editing
Use to prevent the $EDITOR from being opened and to accept data as-is.
Use to have knife use the default value instead of asking a user to provide one.
-e EDITOR, --editor EDITOR
The $EDITOR that is used for all interactive commands.
The name of the environment. When this option is added to a command, the command will run only against the named environment.
-F FORMAT, --format FORMAT
The output format: summary (default), text, json, yaml, and pp.
-h, --help
Shows help for the command.
-k KEY, --key KEY
The private key that knife will use to sign requests made by the API client to the Chef server.
Use to view colored output.
Use to show data after a destructive operation.
-s URL, --server-url URL
The URL for the Chef server.
-u USER, --user USER
The user name used by knife to sign requests made by the API client to the Chef server. Authentication will fail if the user name does not match the private key.
-v, --version
The version of the chef-client.
-V, --verbose
Set for more verbose outputs. Use -VV for maximum verbosity.
-y, --yes
Use to respond to all confirmation prompts with "Yes". knife will not ask for confirmation.
-z, --local-mode
Use to run the chef-client in local mode. This allows all commands that work against the Chef server to also work against the local chef-repo.


Chef 12.0