cboot - program to power and or boot Cplant(tm) cluster




Cboot is a front end program to be used for management tasks such as powering and booting of the Cplant(tm) Cluster system.


cboot [OPTION]


Where n is node-number

Where R is Rack-number

Where < text > is the specification required by the OPTION switch

Where [ text ] is the specification that is allowed but not required by the OPTION switch.

--teal, -t < R | R,R | R-R >
Specification of a single, multiple, or inclusive range of racks in the "teal" or "t" Series.

--red, -r < R | R,R | R-R >
Same but for "red" or "r" Series racks.

--yellow, -y < R | R,R | R-R >
Same but for "yellow" or "y" Series racks.

--green, -g < R | R,R | R-R >
Same but for "green" or "g" Series racks.

--blue, -b < R | R,R | R-R >
Same but for "blue" or "b" Series racks.

--node, --nodes, -n < n | n,n | n-n >
Same but for "nodes" .

--boot, -b
Providing this switch will limit the action(s) on the specified collection(s) or device(s) to boot only.

--power, -p [ cycle | off | on ]
Providing this switch will limit the action(s) on the specified collection(s) or device(s) to power "off", "on" or "cycle", "cycle" is the default and will take place if no other action is specified.

Note: the absense of both the --power and --boot switches causes cboot to accomplish powering followed by booting the specified nodes.

--leader, --leaders
Providing this switch will have the effect of interpreting the rack specifications listed above to be leader designations. To illustrate by example providing --leader -t 0 will specify the required action to be executed on the leader(s) of the nodes in the collection t-0.

--vmname, --vm "virtual machine name"
Providing this switch will have the effect of selecting nodes that are members of the vm specified. This switch is dependent on the vmname attribute being set and being accurate for the desired outcome.

displays this manual page

Displays short usage information about available options

--debug n
Where n is a numeric level of debug information required, prints extra output for debugging purposes.

--libdebug class
Where class is the class from the base libs that you wish to output debug information from. Ex. cboot -t 0 -n 0 --libdebug Device::Node::Alpha

Rack Designations:

Color Physical Label device specification

Red (R0-Tn) r-n

Teal (T0-Tn) t-n

Green (G0-Gn) g-n

Yellow (Y0-Yn) y-n

Blue (B0-Bn) b-n


Cboot can currently be used to power and boot, power (on, off, cycle), or boot collections or individual devices, ranges of devices etc. A collection is defined as a grouping of devices as defined by the persistant object store (database) of the system.


Note: when powering or booting groups of racks, if the rack contains a leader/mother/boohost/diag-node, that node will not be operated on, unless the --leader switch is specified, in which case only the leader of the specified nodes will be acted upon. Also if that node is not functional the operation will not be executed. The cboot command will try to do the "right" thing when options are mixed. For example if multiple racks and multiple nodes are both specified, action will take place on those nodes specified on the full range of racks specified (see examples). Also if a more global option like --vm is used in addition to a rack specification, only the nodes in both the vm and the specified rack will be operated on (again see examples)

To power and then boot a group of equipment called a rack, specify the rack designation by name. For example a rack that is labeled "R0" (r-0) will be specified as follows:

cboot -r 0

The above command will first power and then boot rack r-0.

To power and boot rack T0 (t-0):

cboot -t 0

To power and boot a range of racks in the R series, specifically racks 0 through 3 inclusively.

cboot -r 0-3

To power and boot a range of racks that includes different letter designated racks, specifically racks in the R series 0-2, and racks in the T series 4-9.

cboot -r 0-2 -t 4-9

To specifiy multiple racks that are not inclusive, for example T series racks 4, 6, 7, and 9.

cboot -t 4,6,7,9

The same commands can be used to only power or boot the designated equipment. For example to power (cycle by default) T series racks 0 through 4, simply add the "--power" switch.

cboot -t 0-4 --power

To power "off" the same racks.

cboot -t 0-4 --power off

To power the same racks back on.

cboot -t 0-4 --power on

Now lets assume that you have power-cycled T series racks 0-4, and you want to avoid having to power-cycle them again before booting. Use the "--boot" switch to specify boot only.

cboot -t 0-4 --boot

The same actions are also supported on specific devices or nodes within rack groups. For example to power and then boot node 4 on T series rack 8.

cboot -t 8 -n 4

Ranges are also supported for the nodes only, for example to power and boot nodes 4 through 9 on T series rack 8.

cboot -t 8 -n 4-9

Non-inclusive ranges are also supported, for example to power and boot nodes 4, 6 and 8 on T series rack 8.

cboot -t 8 -n 4,6,8

Again the same commands can be used to only power (cycle by defualt) the nodes by adding the "--power" switch, or only boot the nodes with the "--boot" switch.

cboot -t 8 -r 7 -n 4,6,8

This command will first power cycle and then boot nodes 4, 6 and 8 in racks t-8 ane r-7.

cboot --vm default --power

This command will power cycle all of the nodes in the vm named "default". Work will be allocated to the leaders of the nodes.

cboot --vm default --power -t 9

This command will only power nodes that are in the vm named "default" that are in rack t-9.

cboot --power node.n-0.t-0

cboot also supports specifying a device name on the command line to act on.

Note: cboot will take the intersection of the devices specified in the case where more than one way to designate devices is used. For instance if the user specifies the --vm switch in conjunction with specifying a device by using --t 0 --n 0 the only device that will be acted on is node.n-0.t-0 provided it appears in the vm listed. If this device is not a member of the listed vm no action will occur. Likewise if a user specifies a node on the command line along with either the --vm switch or the parameter method of device specification only nodes that are in both specifications will be acted upon. If all three methods are used, only devices that are in all groups specified are acted upon. Ex.

cboot -t 0 -n 0 --vm default

Only node node.n-0.t-0 will be acted upon, provided it is in the default vm.

cboot --vm default node.n-0.t-0

Same thing

cboot --vm default node.n-0.t-0 -t 0 -n 0

Again same thing

cboot --vm default node.n-1.t-0 -t 0 -n 0

No nodes will be acted upon because there is no intersection.

Use this to form creative ways to control the system.








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