Cfe-rsplaytime: compute CFEngine3 splaytime


Splaytime is the time cf-execd delays cf-agent execution to spread the load on CFEngine server over a period of time.

The length of this period is given by the “splaytime” statement in “body executor control”, and each host delays its execution within this timeframe by a specific delay, computed by a host-specific hashing.

Hashing parameters are:

  • hostname
  • main ip address
  • uid used to run cf-execd

Before cf-execd execution, it is not possible to know in advance this host-specific delay.

cfe-rsplaytime allows to compute this delay beforehand. It was written to debug a huge clients to server connections problem.

Usage <splaytime> <fqdn> <ip> <uid>

$ ./ 1 debian70.boring 0
Runtime splaytime is 45.55s


The computed splaytime is valid for the following CFEngine versions:

  • 3.4.x
  • 3.5.x
  • 3.6.0



Loic Pefferkorn, please use Github issues for bugs or enhancements ideas