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CFEngine 3 masterfiles

CFEngine 3 is a popular open source configuration management system. Its primary function is to provide automated configuration and maintenance of large-scale computer systems.

This repository is intended to provide a stable base policy for installations and upgrades, and is used by CFEngine 3.6 and newer.

The documentation for the masterfiles, highly recommended, is at


The contents of this repository are intended to live in /var/cfengine/masterfiles or wherever $(sys.masterdir) points.

If you have cloned the repository from github:

make install

If you have downloaded a release tarball, you don't need to run By default it installs in /var/cfengine/masterfiles but you can override that easily:

./configure --prefix=/install/directory
make install

Note that the last directory component will always be called masterfiles.

Host report

A very important piece of functionality, which you may want for your own use but will certainly be helpful for debugging or submitting bugs to CFEngine (core, masterfiles, or any other are) is the host report.

Run the host report like so: cf-agent -b host_info_report

You should see output like:

R: Host info report generated and avilable at '/var/cfengine/reports/host_info_report.txt'

Take a look at the resulting file, it has lots of useful information about the system.


Please see the file.

The CFEngine masterfiles are under the MIT license, see LICENSE

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