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knife bootstrap behavior changed - no longer prompts for password when password not provided #8746

chadmccune opened this issue Jul 16, 2019 · 2 comments


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commented Jul 16, 2019


Before the rewrite, if you didn't provide the password in the bootstrap command, you would be prompted for it. Now it appears the password parameter is mandatory.

Chef Version

root@3b0bc4ce587d:/# chef --version
Chef Workstation version: 0.5.1
Chef Infra Client version: 15.1.36
Chef InSpec version: 4.6.9
Test Kitchen version: 2.2.5
Foodcritic version: 16.1.1
Cookstyle version: 5.0.0

Platform Version

Ubuntu 18.04

Replication Case

Attempt to bootstrap new windows node from linux node without providing password parameter

Client Output

ERROR: RuntimeError: password is a required option



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commented Jul 16, 2019

Also, I found this out the hard way...if you mistype said password in the parameter, it just appears to continuously try and locks your domain account out :)


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commented Aug 13, 2019

ChefDK 3.11.3

$ knife bootstrap wernstrom -x pi
Connecting to wernstrom
pi@wernstrom's password:  

ChefDK 4.3.13

$ knife bootstrap wernstrom -U pi 
Connecting to wernstrom
ERROR: Train::ClientError: Your SSH Agent has no keys added, and you have not specified a password or a key file
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