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[Pki-devel] [PATCH] 279 - docs for pre-check mode

Please review.

From 316fe1f1ef01487838ef7b01bceb92a3c819ecee Mon Sep 17 00:00:00 2001
From: Ade Lee <alee redhat com>
Date: Mon, 29 Feb 2016 13:12:56 -0500
Subject: [PATCH] Man updates for pre-check mode

 base/server/man/man5/pki_default.cfg.5 | 23 +++++++++++++++++++++++
 base/server/man/man8/pkispawn.8        | 19 +++++++++++++++++++
 2 files changed, 42 insertions(+)

diff --git a/base/server/man/man5/pki_default.cfg.5 b/base/server/man/man5/pki_default.cfg.5
index 4e2c13bfc87b4df4fa956911a0f256aff3af4ef9..ed48576264d0da191e542b53791cbebf64f33ba8 100644
--- a/base/server/man/man5/pki_default.cfg.5
+++ b/base/server/man/man5/pki_default.cfg.5
@@ -41,6 +41,29 @@ This substitutes the value of pki_instance_name into the parameter value.  It is
 Any non-password related parameter values in the configuration file that needs to contain a \fB%\fP character must be properly escaped.  For example, a value of \fBfoo%bar\fP would be specified as \fBfoo%%bar\fP in the configuration file.
+Once the configuration parameters have been constructed from the above sections and
+overrides, pkispawn will perform a series of basic tests to determine if the parameters
+being passed in are valid and consistent, before starting any installation.  In
+pre-check mode, these tests are executed and then pkispawn exits.
+It is possible to disable specific tests by setting the directives below.  While all
+these tests should pass to ensure a successful installation, it may be
+reasonable to skip tests in pre-check mode.
+.B pki_skip_ds_verify
+Skip verification of the Directory Server credentials.  In this test, pkispawn attempts
+to bind to the directory server instance for the internal database using the provided
+credentials.  This could be skipped if the directory server instance does not yet
+exist or is inaccessible.  Defaults to False.
+.B pki_skip_sd_verify
+Skip verification of the security domain user/password.  In this test, pkispawn
+attempts to log onto the security domain using the provided credentials.  This can
+be skipped if the security domain is unavailable. Defaults to False.
 The parameters described below, as well as the parameters located in the following sections, can be customized as part of a deployment.  This list is not exhaustive.
diff --git a/base/server/man/man8/pkispawn.8 b/base/server/man/man8/pkispawn.8
index 411d93f0e66d9c764223d69ac2d3efb9d52eca77..2a6b95084df8974e773c13c38582ad87a1ad7d36 100644
--- a/base/server/man/man8/pkispawn.8
+++ b/base/server/man/man8/pkispawn.8
@@ -81,6 +81,9 @@ Specifies the subsystem to be installed and configured, where <subsystem> is CA,
 .B -f <config_file>
 Specifies the path to the user-defined configuration file.  This file contains differences between the default configuration and the custom configuration.
+.B --precheck
+Execute pre-checks and exit.
 .B -h, --help
 Prints additional help information.
@@ -194,6 +197,22 @@ the username of the security domain administrator of the CA. Required only for n
 password for the security domain administrator. Required for all subsystems that are not root CAs.
+This option is only available when pkispawn is invoked in a non-interactive mode.
+When the \fB--precheck\fP option is provided, a set of basic tests are performed to
+ensure that the parameters provided to pkispawn are valid and consistent.
+pkispawn will then exit with an exit code of 0 on success, or 1 on failure.  This
+mode can be used to perform basic tests prior to doing any actual installation of
+the Certificate Server instance.
+Flags are available to disable specific tests.  For instance, one might want to
+disable validation of the credentials for the internal database user if the
+directory server instance has not yet been created.
+See \fB pki_default.cfg(5) \fP for more details about available flags.
 .SS Installing a root CA

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