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## Requirements
### Source Host
This is the machine you use to configure the target hosts.
* /bin/sh: A posix like shell (for instance bash, dash, zsh)
* Python >= 3.2
* SSH client
* Asciidoc and xsltproc (for building the manpages)
### Target Hosts
* /bin/sh: A posix like shell (for instance bash, dash, zsh)
* SSH server
## Install cdist
You can install cdist either from git or as a python package.
### From git
Cloning cdist from git gives you the advantage of having
a version control in place for development of your own stuff
To install cdist, execute the following commands:
git clone
cd cdist
export PATH=$PATH:$(pwd -P)/bin
From version 4.2.0 cdist tags and github releases are signed.
You can get GPG public key used for signing [here](/software/cdist/pgp-key-EFD2AE4EC36B6901.asc).
#### Available versions in git
* The active development takes place in the **master** branch
* The current stable version can be found in the **2.0** branch
* The upcoming stable version can be found in the **2.1** branch
Other branches may be available for features or bugfixes, but they
may vanish at any point. To select a specific branch use
# Generic code
git checkout -b <localbranchname> origin/<branchname>
So for instance if you want to use and stay with version 2.0, you can use
git checkout -b 2.0 origin/2.0
#### Git Mirrors
If the main site is down, you can acquire cdist from one of the following sites:
* git:// ([github](
* git:// ([sourceforge](
#### Building and using documentation (man and html)
If you want to build and use the documentation, run:
make docs
Documentation comes in two formats, man pages and full HTML
documentation. Documentation is built into distribution's
docs/dist directory. man pages are in docs/dist/man and
HTML documentation in docs/dist/html.
If you want to use man pages, run:
export MANPATH=$MANPATH:$(pwd -P)/docs/dist/man
Or you can move manpages from docs/dist/man directory to some
other directory and add it to MANPATH.
Full HTML documentation can be accessed at docs/dist/html/index.html.
You can also build manpages for types in your ~/.cdist directory:
make dotman
Built manpages are now in docs/dist/man directory. If you have
some other custom .cdist directory, e.g. /opt/cdist then use:
DOT_CDIST_PATH=/opt/cdist make dotman
### Python Package
Cdist is available as a python package at
[PyPi]( You can install it using
pip install cdist
## Use cdist
[[Dig into the documentation|documentation]] to get started with cdist!
[[!tag cdist unix]]