Before you run tasks or plans in your environment, inspect them to determine what effect they have on your target nodes.

Tip: Bolt is packaged with a collection of modules that contain useful plans to support common workflows. For details, see Packaged modules.

Run in no operation mode

You can run some tasks in no-operation mode (noop) to view changes without taking any action on your target nodes. This way, you ensure the tasks perform as designed. If a task doesn't support no-operation mode, you get an error.

bolt task run package name=vim action=install --noop -n

Show a task list

View a list of what tasks are installed in the current module path. Note that tasks marked with the private metadata key are not shown:

bolt task show

Show documentation for a task

View parameters and other details for a task, including whether a task supports --noop:

bolt task show <TASK NAME>

Discover plans

View a list of what plans are installed on the current module path:

bolt plan show

Show documentation for a plan

View parameters and other details for a plan, including whether a plan supports --noop:

bolt plan show <PLAN NAME>
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