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chef-manage-ctl (executable)

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The Chef management console includes a command-line utility named chef-manage-ctl. This command-line tool is used to reconfigure, cleanse (reset the Chef management console to initial configuration settings), and uninstall the Chef management console.


The help subcommand is used to print a list of all available chef-manage-ctl commands.

This subcommand has the following syntax:

chef-manage-ctl help


The reconfigure subcommand is used when changes are made to the manage.rb file to reconfigure the server. When changes are made to the manage.rb file, they will not be applied to the Chef management console configuration until after this command is run.

This subcommand has the following syntax:

chef-manage-ctl reconfigure


The show-config subcommand is used to view the configuration that will be generated by the reconfigure subcommand. This command is most useful in the early stages of a deployment to ensure that everything is built properly before installation.

This subcommand has the following syntax:

chef-manage-ctl show-config


The uninstall subcommand is used to manage the hooks between runit and sysvinit or upstart. This subcommand does not uninstall the Chef management console or remove .rpm or .deb files.

This subcommand has the following syntax:

chef-manage-ctl uninstall
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