Installing from Binary tarball

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Not all systems come with a package manager. For these systems you can install CFEngine by means of a generic binary tarball.

First download the binary onto the host.

Next unpack the archive. For the 64 bit tarball use:

tar --gunzip --extract --directory / --file ./cfengine-nova-3.15.3-1.x86_64.pkg.tar.gz

Otherwise, for 32 bit tarball, use:

tar --gunzip --extract --directory / --file ./cfengine-nova-3.15.3-1.i386.pkg.tar.gz

Generate a keypair for the client:


Then install the systemd units:

  for each in $(ls /var/cfengine/share/usr/lib/systemd/system); do
    cp /var/cfengine/share/usr/lib/systemd/system/${each} /etc/systemd/system/${each}
    chmod 664 /etc/systemd/system/${each}
  systemctl daemon-reload 

Next enable the necessary service units:

  systemctl enable cf-execd 
  systemctl enable cf-monitord 
  systemctl enable cf-serverd 
  systemctl enable cfengine3 

Finally, bootstrap the agent, and start the cfengine services:

  export POLICY_SERVER="myhub";

  # Bootstrap to hub
  /var/cfengine/bin/cf-agent --bootstrap ${POLICY_SERVER}

  # Start the cfengine3 service.
  systemctl start cfengine3