CQ Unix Toolkit
Latest commit ab36a34 Oct 3, 2014 @kitarek kitarek CQ Unix Toolkit 1.1.2 released!
* Fixed cqosgi: #17



Table of contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Simplicity is divine
  3. Main characteristic
  4. Which for what? (quick description for each tool)
  5. Supported shell environments
  6. Notes on Cygwin compatibility
  7. CQ Compatibilty
  8. Installation
  9. Building an RPM package
  10. Contributors


CQ Unix Toolkit is a set of POSIX shell tools that calls curl and other 3rd party commands to perform some different tasks on Adobe CQ platform such as:

  • Create, Build, upload, list, download, install and deletion of CRX zip packages
  • Maintenance tasks: consistency checks, TarPM compaction and index merge, DataStore garbage collection
  • Clear/invalidate dispatcher cache for subtree specified by /statfilelevel
  • Active workflow instances list
  • Display OSGI bundles list and start/stop specified bundles

Each action is wrapped in separate stand-alone script with additional usage output that allows to perform these tasks easily.

Simplicity is divine

Each tool is rather a very simple HTTP call template that use available CQ services with custom pre-processing or post-processing.

The real power of such simple tool is combining them into a part of something bigger that can automate complex "click-consuming" tasks for many similar instances like:

  • Installing hotfixes/releases automatically
  • Synchronizing content or configurations between instances
  • Making and restoring path-based backups
  • Monitoring and maintenance
  • Controlling and monitoring OSGi bundles

Main characteristic

The toolkit aims at use only the basic built-in commands for typical UNIX/POSIX compliant system to avoid installing any 3rd party custom dependencies which is often not possible or prohibited whilst still providing nearly all functionalities for different operating systems and different shell flavours like csh/ksh/bash/dash etc.

Basically almost every tool requires authorized connection to CQ instance which is performed by toolkit using three basic options:

  • -u (username)
  • -p (password)
  • -i (URL to instance) i.e. https://localhost:5510

In the future we want to provide ability to configure so called connection profiles which will improve passing URL/username/password in easier manner.

Which for what?

Below there is a list of separate tools and short purpose phrase for each one:

  • cqpkg -- Creates empty zip package on local filesystem using provided specification (name, group, version, paths, filters) which is valid and minimal CRX FileVault package. CQ connection not required.
  • cqbld -- Builds remotely uploaded CQ package using connection parameters
  • cqcp -- Makes a copy of remote CQ package to your local environment
  • cqget -- Makes a copy of CQ resource to your local environment
  • cqrun -- Install uploaded CQ package on remote instance
  • cqdel -- Remove completely remotely available CQ package
  • cqput -- Upload package from your local environment
  • cqls -- List packages uploaded/installed in remote CQ
  • cqchk -- Checks remote CQ instance repository if it's consistent
  • cqgc -- Deletes effectively removed content from instance to reclaim free space
  • cqmrg -- Merge CQ TarPM indexes
  • cqtpm -- Deletes effectively removed content from TarPM CQ storage
  • cqwfl -- Display active (or broken) workflow instances
  • cqosgi -- Display bundles list and manage them by starting/stopping on demand
  • cqclr -- Simulates activation on dispatcher to clear its cache. Use dispatcher URL, (not CQ one) as instance URL (-i option).

Each script can be executed without parameters from your terminal i.e.:

    $ ./cqbld
    Usage: cqbld [OPTION...] package-name
    Build (rebuild) already uploaded package by group id and name in CQ Package
    Manager using instance URL.

      cqbld -u admin pack            # Build package named pack
      cqbld -u admin -g GRP pack     # Build package named pack in group GRP
      cqbld -i http://localhost:5510 # Build package for localhost instance on tcp
            -g com.group stuff       # port 5510 named stuff in group:com.group
            -p secret                # with password provided: secret


      -u                    use specified usernamed for connection
      -p                    use provided password for authentication
      -i                    use specified instance URL to connect
      -g                    locate package by additional group ID

so you can find out how to operate and specify required arguments. We are working to be able to help users point correct syntax or provide suggestions in case of incorrect command line is passed.

Supported shell environments

Currently CQ Unix Toolkit supports only some subset of all shell environments, however that list will be improved in the next releases. For each command default shell indicated by /bin/sh symbolic link in your system is used. In case of problems you can prefix command with shell name to use non-default shell i.e. (bash ./cqbld instead of ./cqbld).

  • bash (tested and fully supported)
  • dash (tested and fully supported)
  • bash on cygwin (see remarks for Cygwin in the next section below)
  • bash on Mac OS X (with sed/echo BSD versions)
  • csh (tested and fully supported on FreeBSD)
  • mksh (MirBSD Korn Shell)
  • ksh (should work like on mksh however it's not directly tested!)

Please note that zsh is currently not supported at all! You can get weird errors when using this shell implementation.

Notes on Windows/Cygwin compatibility

In order to use toolkit on cygwin make sure you have marked/installed the following cygwin packages:

  • util-linux (required for all tools)
  • curl (required for almost all tools)
  • zip (required for cqpkg tool)

To test commands just type in command line the following expressions and compare results:

    $ zip -v | head -1
    Copyright (c) 1990-2008 Info-ZIP - Type 'zip "-L"' for software license.

    $ curl --version 2>&1 | head -1
    curl 7.34.0 (i686-pc-cygwin) libcurl/7.34.0 OpenSSL/1.0.1f zlib/1.2.8 libidn/1.26 libssh2/1.4.2

    $ column --version
    column from the package util-linux 2.21.2

Please rememeber that files should have \n endings only. Using git clone they can be changed automatically to \r\n so please use one of the following solutions:

  • Prior cloning repository change git config option to core.autocrlf = false

    $ git config --global core.autocrlf input
    $ git clone https://github.com/Cognifide/CQ-Unix-Toolkit.git
  • Prefix each call with bash -o igncr (temporary solution)

An example of invalid file line endings:

    $ ./cqapi
    ./cqapi: line 16: syntax error `$'\r''
    '/cqapi: line 16: `_usage()

A quick method to fix invalid file line endings problem:

    $ bash -o igncr ./cqapi
    Usage: cqapi [OPTION...]

To fix this permanently in your code copy just enter in proper directory name:

    $ dos2unix cq*

CQ Compatibilty

  • Compatible with CRX 2.2 or higher (but not AEM 6.0 and higher yet)
    • cqbld
    • cqcp
    • cqget
    • cqrun
    • cqdel
    • cqput
    • cqls
    • cqpkg
  • Compatible with CQ 5.5 or higher (but not AEM 6.0 and higher yet)
    • cqchk
    • cqgc
    • cqmrg
    • cqtpm
  • Compatible with CQ 5.4 or higher (but not AEM 6.0 and higher yet)
    • cqwfl
    • cqosgi
    • cqclr

Using CQ Unix Toolkit with AEM 6.0 is not recommended.


Above scripts don't require special installation. If you want these CQ Unix Toolkit to be visible system-wide you can invoke install script provided in repository that creates symbolic link in /usr/local/bin directory or you can change INSTALL_DIR variable in script if you want to something else.

Building an RPM package

Before building place vX.Y.Z.tar.gz file in SOURCES rpmbuild directory (X.Y.Z is the current version of CQ Unix Toolkit you would like to build). The correct URL from which file can be obtained is defined in spec file in Source: field.


I want to thank every person involved in development of this tools. Personally I want to thank:

  • Krzysztof Kamil Konopko (Quality Assurance - exploratory tests, usability tests and improvements (against CQ5.5 & CQ5.6)
  • Bartek Szafko (project management)
  • Michał Leszczyński (infrastructure and development tools)
  • Artur Kłopotek (cygwin hints)
  • Robert Kapała (QA/improvements)
  • Tomek Rękawek (fixes and tests for Mac OS X default shell)

Arkadiusz Kita [at] cognifide.com