cdist obtains configuration data from the following sources in the following order:
- command-line options
- configuration file specified at command-line using -g command line option
- configuration file specified in CDIST_CONFIG_FILE environment variable
- environment variables
- user's configuration file (first one found of ~/.cdist.cfg, $XDG_CONFIG_HOME/cdist/cdist.cfg, in specified order)
- in-distribution configuration file (cdist/conf/cdist.cfg)
- system-wide configuration file (/etc/cdist.cfg)
if one exists.
Configuration source with lower ordering number from above has a higher precedence. Configuration option value read from source with higher precedence will overwrite option value, if exists, read from source with lower precedence. That means that command-line option wins them all.
Users can decide on the local conifguration file location. It can be either ~/.cdist.cfg or $XDG_CONFIG_HOME/cdist/cdist.cfg. Note that, if both exist, then ~/.cdist.cfg is used.
For a per-project configuration, particular environment variables or better, CDIST_CONFIG_FILE environment variable or -g CONFIG_FILE command line option, can be used.
12.2. Config file format¶
cdist configuration file is in the INI file format. Currently it supports only [GLOBAL] section. The possible keywords and their meanings are as follows:
- Use specified archiving. Valid values include: 'none', 'tar', 'tgz', 'tbz2' and 'txz'.
- Enable beta functionality. It recognizes boolean values from 'yes'/'no', 'on'/'off', 'true'/'false' and '1'/'0'.
- Specify cache path pattern.
- List of configuration directories separated with the character conventionally used by the operating system to separate search path components (as in PATH), such as ':' for POSIX or ';' for Windows. If also specified at command line then values from command line are appended to this value.
- Specify default initial manifest.
- Specify inventory directory.
- Specify number of jobs for parallel processing. If -1 then the default, number of CPU's in the system is used. If 0 then parallel processing in jobs is disabled. If set to positive number then specified maximum number of processes will be used.
- Shell command used for local execution.
- Directory to save cdist output in.
- Process hosts in parallel. If -1 then the default, number of CPU's in the system is used. If 0 then parallel processing of hosts is disabled. If set to positive number then specified maximum number of processes will be used.
- Command to use for remote copy (should behave like scp).
- Command to use for remote execution (should behave like ssh).
- Directory to save cdist output in on the target host.
- Shell command at remote host used for remote execution.
- Enable/disable saving output streams (enabled by default). It recognizes boolean values from 'yes'/'no', 'on'/'off', 'true'/'false' and '1'/'0'.
- Timestamp log messages with the current local date and time in the format: YYYYMMDDHHMMSS.us.
- Set verbosity level. Valid values are: 'ERROR', 'WARNING', 'INFO', 'VERBOSE', 'DEBUG', 'TRACE' and 'OFF'.