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Func -- Fedora Unified Network Controller.


func "*" list_minions

func call module method [args ...]

func "target*" call module method [args ...]

func "webserver1;mailserver2" call module method [args ...]


"func" allows remote control of machines running funcd (called "minions") that are set to obey this machine (called the "overlord").  This includes performing various remote operations and gathering data.

"func" can address multiple machines at the same time by specifying their names with globs, which follow shell glob syntax.

Groups of machines can also be specified in /etc/func/groups. To invoke func on a group of machines specifying "@groupname".

See the project homepage (below) for a list of modules available and a more in-depth description of what each of them do.

The “Call” Module

The "call" module is used for running func modules remotely.  

Format:  func "*" call <module> <function> [ args ... ]

Listing Remote Modules Available

It's possible to ask func minions what modules they have installed:

func "*" call system list_modules

Listing Remote Functions Available in a Module

It is also possible to ask remote func modules what functions they support:

func call modulename list_methods

Calling a Remote Command

Once you have the name of a module you want to run, use call to invoke it:

func call modulename methodname

Output Formats

The "call" command by default outputs data using a "pretty printer".  Other display options include --raw, --json, and --xmlrpc, which may be more desirable if you are running func inside another script or prefer to read those display formats.

Example: func "*" call --json service inventory

Helper Modules

In addition to "call", there are other modules that make control of remote machines, as well as data display, more user friendly.  They augment "call" by providing some additional functionality.

You will notice that the syntax for using one of these helper modules varies slightly from just using "call" directly.

For example "show" can be used to show remote data.  The normal command "func '*' command would dump a very large amount of data, while the show command can mine only a few details.  This might make things more readable, for instance, when not going through the Python API (where you would not care).

func "*" show hardware --help

func "*" show hardware systemMemory

func "*" show hardware os

Another useful helper command module is copyfile, which allows func to work like scp from  the shell, though it can address multiple systems at the same time.  

The following example pushes one file out to multiple systems:

func "*" copyfile --file=/tmp/foo --remotepath=/tmp/foo

While these helper modules will grow over time, usage of "call" syntax  directly is fine also.  See the Wiki for more examples as they evolve.


Use this flag to output extra information from func while it is running. All func commands can take this flag.


Func commands have return values that vary based on the module being called.  See the project page (linked below) for more information.

Additonal Resources

See  for more information, including information on scripting func from Python.

See also the manpages for "func-inventory", "funcd", "certmaster", "certmaster-ca", and "func-transmit".


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Referenced By

func-build-map(1), taboot(1), taboot-tasks(5).

2012-10-15 func