16. Appendix - A Using the ‘pup’ Program

The ‘pup’ program is the primary interface to the Cluster POWER-Up software. Help can be accessed by typing:

pup -h
pup --help

Help is context sensitive and will give help appropriate for the argument. For example, ‘pup setup -h’ will provide help on the setup function.


pup [command] [<args>] [options] [–help | -h]

Cluster POWER-Up has extensive logging capabilities. Logging can take place to the screen and a log file (power-up/logs/gen) and the logging level can be set individually for the screen and file. By default, file logging is set to debug and screen logging is set to info.

To enable detailed logging to the screen, add the -p debug option. For additional log level help, enter -h at the end of a pup command. (ie pup setup -h)

Auto completion is enabled for the pup program. At any level of command entry, a single tab will complete the current command if it is distinguishable. Double tabbing will list all available options for that level of command input.

The following top level commands are provided;

  • config
  • deploy
  • post-deploy
  • setup
  • software
  • utils
  • validate

16.1. Bare Metal Deployment

The deploy command deploys your cluster;

pup deploy [config-file-name]

For bare metal deploy, POWER-Up goes through the following steps when you enter pup deploy;

  • validate the config file
  • sets up interfaces and networks on the deployer node
  • configures the management switches
  • discovers and validates the cluster hardware
  • creates a container for hosting the rest of the POWER-Up software
  • deploys operating systems to your cluster node
  • sets up ssh keys and user accounts on your cluster nodes
  • configures networking on your cluster nodes
  • configures your data switches

After installing the operating systems, POWER-Up will pause and wait for input before executing the last 3 steps above. This provides a convenient place to check on the cluster hardware before proceeding. If desired, you can stop POWER-Up at that point and re-start later by entering ‘pup post-deploy’.

It is sometimes useful when first bringing up the cluster hardware to be able to run the initial steps above individually. The following commands can be used to individually run / re-run the first four steps above:

pup validate --config-file [config-file-name]
pup setup --networks [config-file-name]
pup config --mgmt-switches [config-file-name]
pup validate --cluster-hardware [config-file-name]

Note that the above steps must initially be run in order. After successfully completing the above steps in order, they can be re-run individually. When isolating cluster hardware issues, it is useful to be able to re-run pup validate –cluster-hardware. pup validate –config-file may be run any time as often as needed.

16.2. Software Installation

POWER-Up provides the ability to install software to a cluster of nodes.

To deploy software;

pup software [{–prep, –install}] [software-name]

Software installation is broken into two phases. The ‘prep’ phase copies / downloads packages and binaries and syncs any specified repositories to the POWER-Up node. The nginx web server is installed and software is moved to the /srv directory and made available via the web server. The install phase creates linkages on the client nodes to repositories on the POWER-Up node and then installs and configures the software.