Configuring spacecmd

The following section provides configuration tips for spacecmd.

1. Setup spacecmd Credentials

Normally spacecmd prompts you for a username and password each time you attempt to login to the interactive shell. Alternatively you can configure spacecmd with a credentials file to avoid this requirement.

Procedure: Creating a spacecmd Credentials File
  1. Create a hidden spacecmd directory in your home directory and set permissions:

    mkdir ~/.spacecmd
    chmod 700 ~/.spacecmd
  2. Create a config file in ~/.spacecmd/ and provide proper permissions:

    touch ~/.spacecmd/config
    chmod 600 ~/.spacecmd/config
  3. Edit the config file and add the following configuration lines. (You can use either localhost or the FQDN of your SUSE Manager server):

  4. Check connectivity by entering spacecmd as root:

     # spacecmd

2. spacecmd Quiet Mode

By default spacecmd prints server status messages during connection attempts. These messages can cause a lot of clutter when parsing system lists. The following alias will force spacecmd to use quiet mode thus preventing this behavior. Add the following line to your ~/.bashrc file:

alias spacecmd='spacecmd -q'

3. spacecmd Help

spacecmd help can be access by typing spacecmd -h --help

Usage: spacecmd [options] [command]

  -c CONFIG, --config CONFIG
                        config file to use [default: ~/.spacecmd/config]
  -u USERNAME, --username=USERNAME
                        use this username to connect to the server
  -p PASSWORD, --password=PASSWORD
                        use this password to connect to the server
  -s SERVER, --server=SERVER
                        connect to this server [default: local hostname]
  --nossl               use HTTP instead of HTTPS
  --nohistory           do not store command history
  -y, --yes             answer yes for all questions
  -q, --quiet           print only error messages
  -d, --debug           print debug messages (can be passed multiple times)
  -h, --help            show this help message and exit

As root you can access available functions without entering the spacecmd shell:

# spacecmd -- help

        Documented commands (type help <topic>):
activationkey_addchildchannels         org_trustdetails
activationkey_addconfigchannels        package_details
activationkey_addentitlements          package_listdependencies
activationkey_addgroups                package_listerrata
activationkey_addpackages              package_listinstalledsystems
activationkey_clone                    package_listorphans
activationkey_create                   package_remove
activationkey_delete                   package_removeorphans
activationkey_details                  package_search
activationkey_diff                     repo_addfilters
activationkey_disable                  repo_clearfilters
activationkey_disableconfigdeployment  repo_create