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knife serve

Use the knife serve subcommand to run a persistent chef-zero against the local chef-repo. (chef-zero is a lightweight Chef Infra Server that runs in-memory on the local machine.) This is the same as running the Chef Infra Client executable with the --local-mode option. The chef_repo_path is located automatically and the Chef Infra Server will bind to the first available port between 8889 and 9999. knife serve will print the URL for the local Chef Infra Server, so that it may be added to the config.rb file.


This subcommand has the following syntax:

knife serve (options)



Review the list of common options available to this (and all) knife subcommands and plugins.

This subcommand has the following options:

--chef-repo-path PATH

The path to the chef-repo. Default value: same as chef_repo_path in the client.rb file.

--chef-zero-host IP

Override the host on which chef-zero listens. Default value:

--chef-zero-port PORT

The port on which chef-zero listens. The default behavior will bind to the first available port between 8889 and 9999.

--repo-mode MODE

Use to specify the local chef-repo layout. Possible values: static (for environments, roles, data bags, and cookbooks), everything (same as static, plus nodes, clients, and users), hosted_everything (for ACLs, groups). Default value: everything/hosted_everything.



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